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Azuay Province

Azuay Province. It is located in southern Ecuador, in the Andes mountain range, in turn located in the Interandina or Sierra Region, in its southern part. To the north it borders the province of Cañar, to the south with the provinces of El Oro and Loja, to the east with the provinces of Morona Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe, and to the west with the provinces of Guayas.

The province is the result of the division of the Department of Azuay. Its capital is the city of Cuenca called the "Athens of Ecuador" with approximately 330,000 inhabitants in the urban area. In this province is the Daniel Palacios dam, on the Paute River, which in addition to the Mazar and Sopladora projects, make it the main electricity supplier to the country.

Founded on April 12, 1557, with an area of ​​7,701 km2 and a population of 506,090 inhabitants. After little more than a year of repression and after carrying out the campaign from Machala to Saraguro and from this place to Cuenca, General Antonio José de Sucre makes his triumphal entry, commanded by his troops, on February 21, 1822 When the realistic troops, whose colonel is Colonel Carlos Tolrá, come to approach the liberating forces, they leave the city, heading to Riobamba.

Finally, real independence occurred when the entire territory of the Royal Audience of Quito, now Ecuador, becomes independent on May 24, 1822 in the battle of Pichincha, a battle in which the Abdón Calderón basin despite receiving multiple injuries is not he retired from the fight, he would die days later in a hospital in Quito, said act of bravery during the battle was considered heroic by the liberator Simón Bolívar, and he was promoted in rank. Today, Abdón Calderón is considered a national hero.

Demographic conditions Azuay Province

The Province of Azuay has been characterized by having strong migratory movements from the countryside to the city. In urban areas with the current growth rate the population would double in 15 years. The global population has one of the highest birth rates in the country (34 per thousand) and a growth rate of 3.8%. The educational and labor promotion of women and the stability of men's work are focal aspects of a harmonious family policy.

Climate Province Azuay

The climate is variable due to the height, from the tropical to the glacial, due to the presence of the Andes mountain range and the subtropical vegetation to the west, the province has been climatologically fragmented in various sectors. In addition, because of its tropical location, each climatic zone has only two defined seasons: wet and dry. In the West the temperature ranges between 20 ° C and 33 ° C, while in the Andean zone, it is usually between 10 ° C and 28 ° C.

Hydrography Province of Azuay

The Paute river belonging to the Amazon basin, is the axis of its hydrographic system; from the western branches the rivers Tomebamba and Yanuncay are born, which bathe the city of Cuenca. Other important rivers are: Cuenca, Gualaceo, Tarqui, Machángara, Jadán and San Francisco.

Natural Resources Azuay Province

The fertile azuayo soil is conducive to agriculture. In its central valleys, corn, cereals, vegetables and a variety of fruits are grown; at the western end of the mountain range, tropical products such as sugar cane, cotton, coffee, among others are obtained. The livestock sector is characterized by the raising of sheep, cattle and pigs. Regarding mining, there are deposits of marble and clays. Other minerals such as gold, silver and zinc. Agribusiness is aimed at the textile, planter and ceramics sectors, mainly, more than food, craft and liquor production. It is important to note that the State has in this province the most important Hydroelectric Power Plant in the country, built on the Paute riverbed.

Orography Province Azuay

The Azorean orography, comprised of the Hoya del Paute and part of that of the Jubones, presents peaks that do not exceed 4,500 meters above sea level. The massifs that stand out in the region are: Collay and Matanga to the east. Within the Andes Mountains there are valleys such as those of Cuenca, Girón, Yunguilla, Sigsig, Gualaceo and Paute that are conducive to agriculture thanks to the good irrigation they present.

Industries Province Azuay

Textiles, rubber, leather goods, jewelry, etc. Handicrafts: Gold and silver goldsmithing, saddlery, musical instruments, turned wood furniture, wrought iron, tinsmiths, bronze sheet metal objects, stained glass, blown glass, enameled ceramics, pottery, guayacán and marble woodwork, poultry and pyrotechnic fires, woven in toquilla straw, in fiber, cabuya, wheat straw, cloth, reed, embroidery, rubber cloth, sweets.

Tourist places of Azuay

Baños of Cuenca

At eight kilometers, southwest of the center of Cuenca, is the parish of Baños. If you are looking for a space to enjoy spas, this place is known for its thermal waters with mineral properties.

Viewpoint of Turi in Azuay

For a spectacular view of Cuenca, you must take a taxi to the south of the city along Solano Avenue, at the top of a hill the Turi Viewpoint is located. The views are splendid, especially at night when all the bell towers and domes of the churches are illuminated throughout the city.

Tomebamba River in Azuay

Ideal for walking and relaxing during the visit to Cuenca. Separate the Historical Center with the modern part of the city of Cuenca is one of the four rivers that the city has the same that with its singing waters adorn its landscapes where it crosses is an attraction for locals and strangers who admire it every time Visit this beautiful city

Ceramic Vega in Azuay

Eduardo Vega's ceramic gallery, besides being in a beautiful place ... it has many varied, classic, modern ceramics, with motifs of all kinds: Andean, marine, etc. They offer very nice pieces, crockery, ornaments and more.

Calderón Park

The Calderón Park is the center and heart of Cuenca since its foundation should be visited with some detail. In the center of the park, there is the monument to Abdón Calderón (hero of the Independence, native of this city); This monument is really one of the few in Cuenca with artistic merit. Here is a detail that should not go unnoticed: around the monument, eight tall pines (Araucaria excelsa) stand proudly; that were brought from Chile and planted, in the place, by President Luis Cordero.

Prohibited Cultural Center in Cuenca

Bar decorated with provocative images about demons, religion, sex and violence. You can visit it and have a drink or a coffee. It is undoubtedly one of Cuenca's most inevitable addresses, both for its spooky and work environment, the people of good character in hospitality and service, the quality of the programming and the tranquility that emanates from the wet walls.

Cajas National Park in the Province of Azuay

If you are looking for 100% contact with nature, do not hesitate to visit Parque Naciona Cajas. A center that groups more than 230 lagoons, among the most important: Lagartococha, Osohuaycu, Quinoascocha, La Toreadora, Sunincocha and Tinguishcocha.

Here you can do a variety of activities, from horseback riding, camping and sport fishing. Cajas National Park is also a firm candidate to the list of Natural World Heritage.

The Ruins of Ingapirca

Located in the province of Cañar, the largest Inca archaeological complex in Ecuador, whose ruins date from the XV and XVI centuries, located two hours from the city of Cuenca, you can not miss this tourist place.

Cuenca Cathedral

The Calderón Park is the main square of the city, dominated by the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the new cathedral, with a large structure and covered with giant domes are visible especially from the back of the church. Construction began in 1885, and the cathedral was supposed to be much taller than it is, an error in the design meant that the planned bell towers could not be supported by the building. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is one of its tourist attractions.

Pumapungo Museum

The holiday can also combine it with a touch of history. In the Pumapungo museum you will find 3 permanent exhibitions of ethnography (folk art, traditions) archeology (cultures settled in the country) and numismatics (coins and bills). It is located in Calle Larga and Huayna Capac Avenue and is considered the most important in Cuenca.

Gastronomy of Azuay

Azuay meals

The gastronomy of this province has great representatives such as: mote pillo, roasted guinea pig with potatoes, hornado de chancho, tortillas de maíz, ají with zambo seeds, etc.

Mote pillo.- It is a traditional Azuay food, made with mote and egg. You can add roast beef. It is a product of European-American miscegenation

Cuy roasted .- is one of the most traditional dishes in the Austral region, and is considered exotic for foreigners, who are attracted to the end for its exquisite flavor. He who eats it with his hands, once he is divided into prey. It is served with potatoes, mote, lettuce and a drink.





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Ecuador country of 4 worlds, in one place...!

Ecuador, officially called the Republic of Ecuador, is a sovereign country located in the northwestern region of South America. Bordered on the North by Colombia, Northwest with Peru, to the South and to the East with the Peru. The Pacific Ocean bathes the western coast, and separates it from the Galapagos Islands located thousand kilometers to the West.

Soo close Quito the capital of the Andes, stands the Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. It is currently one of the most traditional and culturally better preserved on the planet, it has 5 nominations for the Cultural heritage of humankind, two natural heritage of humanity and over 20 candidates for other commemorations of the Unesco .

History of the Ecuador

The first human settlements in Ecuadorian territory date back to 12 000 to.C., subsequently developed several pre-Columbian peoples. After the definitive independence from Spanish rule, part of the territory joined quickly the Gran Colombia, while the coastal territory remained independent until the annexation by manu militari by Simón Bolívar. In 1830 the Colombian territories of the South seceded and created the Ecuadorian nation.In 1979, the country returned to democratic system, although political instability between 1996 to 2006 led the country into an economic, political and social crisis, resulting in the dollarization of its economy and toppled three Presidents before the end of its mandate.

The Ecuador culture

Rag dolls representing the indigenous culture of Ecuador is a multi-ethnic and multicultural nation.It should consider the ethnic and regional diversity of Ecuador to analyze their culture. Ethnically it is marked by the presence of mestizos and indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian, white; as well as regions such as the coast, the sierra, the East and the insular region, all of them with very rich specificities.

The Ecuador climate

The country has a tropical and humid climate, the air quality is very good by the presence of large natural forests, national parks, and the Amazon rainforest.

Geography of the Ecuador

Ecuador is located on the terrestrial Equator by which its territory is located in both hemispheres.The country has an area of 283,561 square kilometers. It is divided into four natural regions (La Costa, Sierra, the Amazon and the Insular region or Galapagos), in turn is divided administratively into 24 provinces.
In the Pacific coast are the provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabi, Los Rios, Guayas, Santa Elena and El Oro.In the Andes, in the North and central are Carchi, Imbabura, Pichincha, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua and Chimborazo, in the South are Bolivar, Cañar, Azuay and Loja.In the Amazon, on the other hand are succumbing, Napo, Pastaza, Orellana, Morona Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe and in the island, the Galapagos Islands, made up of 13 main islands region.

The Ecuador economy

Ecuador is a major exporter of bananas (first place worldwide in its production and export), flowers, and the eighth World producer of cocoa.Petroleum accounts for 40% of exports and contributes to maintaining a positive trade balance.

Festivals in the Ecuador

  • Easter, many of the provinces celebrated on this date, with regional events.
  • November 2, the Difuntos.
  • 25 of December day, they celebrate Christmas, sharing in family.
  • 331 December, farewell of the year.

Regions natural of the Ecuador

Amazon rainforest, Andes mountains, Costa and the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador national parks

Parque Nacional Yasuní, Cotopaxi, Sangay National Park, National Park Podocarpus, El Cajas National Park, National Park Machalilla National Park.

Languages spoken in Ecuador

Ecuador speaks the Spanish throughout the territory, also Quechua indigenous populations of the Sierra and the Amazon, but as it is a country with a tourist infrastructure in development, can be guides in several languages; It is possible to speak in English at the points of attention to tourists called "iTur"; created by the Ministry of tourism also in airports, Bus Terminal, municipalities and others find information points.

Shopping in Ecuador

We recommend going to the handicrafts market of Otavalo, located about 2 hours (120 km) of Quito city, there you can get variety of souvenirs and handicrafts that are found in the rest of the Andean region.And don't forget Cotacachi, a town with cute works in leather of high quality.
In the city of Cuenca also can be purchased pottery, textiles, jewelry, crafts in toquilla straw, wrought iron, etc.

Food typical of the Ecuador

Ecuador has a variety of typical food, in each of the natural regions, such as Costa, Sierra and East have their own typical food, in the East can eat a Chontacuro (worms grilled on skewer), in the Sierra you can eat a delicious "fry pork", a hornado, llapingachos, the Guinea pig, the classic "sing" in Cuenca, and a fish coconut coast, prieta salt, green bolon or ceviche de concha and many more dishes.In Manabi most importantly the food is tanning with lemon and fresh fish.

  • Pope locro, is a stew with squash, beans, corn or potatoes.
  • Roast Cuy or Guinea.
  • Cebiche or ceviche, this dish is very consumed in the coastal area.
  • Encebollado, is a stew of fish containing Yucca and pickled red onions.
  • Cuy or Guinea pig, is usually roasted.
  • Bolón de pescado
  • Bolón, is based green bananas broiled or fried previously.
  • Fritada is another delicious dish of Ecuador.Not be left confused by the name, is not a dish of fried meat.The meat of pig or pork is cooked in plenty of water and orange juice with cumin, garlic, onion, salt and pepper until the water has been consumed to be completed. Then the meat begins to Brown in its own fat. Also is it accompanied by mote (boiled maize).

Drinks and fun in Ecuador

There are many clubs and bars in constant renewal in the country.

  • A reference point for nightlife is Montañita where Sun, surf, beach and joy.
  • In Guayaquil, there are bars and clubs for all tastes.
  • In Quito, the area of fun, dancing, alcohol is known as the Mariscal. Current law restricts the opening of bars and nightclubs on holidays; the days Friday and Saturday until 2:00 am, on Sunday the sale of alcoholic beverages is limited.

Lodging in Ecuador

Ecuador has a good hotel infrastructure for all kinds of tourists, from Hostels up to Super exclusive luxury hotels such as the Hilton Hotel Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham, Unipark, among others. All this is thanks to the good tourist development that has had the country in recent years.
If you need more information about where to stay, we recommend you to enter this link: Lodging in Ecuador and review the tourism infrastructure that exists in all of the Ecuador.

Tourism in Ecuador

Ecuador lies within the countries more diverse in its ecosystem and for this reason National Geographic categorized it within the top 10 tourist destinations in adventure.

Cultural in Ecuador tourist attractions

Historic center of Quito, Mitad del Mundo, Ingapirca ruins, historic centre of Cuenca, Latacunga, and much more.Come and visit Ecuador!

Natural tourist attractions in Ecuador

Galapagos Islands, National Park Yasuní, National Park El Cajas National Park Sangay, Parque nacional Podocarpus, Vilcabamba, bathrooms.
Glaciers and volcanoes: Antisana, Cayambe, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo Illinizas.El is the volcano and highest mountain of Ecuador, is the farthest from the center of the Earth, and «the point closest to the Sun». Its last known eruption is believed that you occurred around the 550 dC.
Beaches: Crucita, Atacames, Bahía de Caráquez, Esmeraldas, Manta, Salinas, Montañita

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Galapagos Islands

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Galapagos Islands are worldwide known for their wide biodiversity and for being the point from where Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution.We present you 5 facts that perhaps you didn't know about the Enchanted Islands.

The term "Enchanted islands" first appeared on a map in 1589.Sailors nicknamed thus to the Galapagos Islands, by referring to these "appeared and disappeared", since due to the sea currents strong, access to the Islands was limited at certain times of the year. The nickname transcended over the years and today is still saying that the Islands are "delighted", but referring now to the great biodiversity of flora and fauna.

The Galapagos marine iguana, is the only species of reptile in the world that has managed to adapt to life under water.

The Islands are named for the giant tortoises that live there (the Galapagos word meaning turtle). This species can reach up to 16 hours a day to sleep and mainly feeds on cacti that grow there.

In keeping with the turtles, originally there were 15 species of giant tortoises in the Galapagos, unfortunately 5 of them are completely extinct, so there are only 10. The main threat of the turtles is the human being, who for years has been dedicated to hunting them for their meat and oil.

The Galapagos Islands were part of the second world war! During this war, the Government of Ecuador allowed the United States Government build a runway with strategic aims in the Islands.When the war ended, the Americans abandoned the place. That track currently serves as the main airport of the Islands, which welcomes the year thousands of passengers.