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Loja Province - Ecuador

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Loja Province

Located in the south of the country, in the geographical area known as the Inter-Andean or Sierra region. Its administrative capital is the city of Loja, which is also its largest and most populous city. It occupies a territory of about 11,066 km², being the ninth province of the country by extension. It borders the provinces of El Oro to the northwest; with the province of Zamora Chinchipe to the east; with the province of Azuay to the north; to the south with the Peruvian provinces of Sullana and Ayabaca and to the west with the provinces of Zarumilla and Tumbes, also belonging to Peru.

This province is characterized by its predominant climate, which varies between tropical savanna and temperate, arid in summer and humid in winter, the highest areas have a moor climate; The average temperature in this province is 20 ° C.

In agriculture we can find corn, rice, coffee, sugar cane, dried beans, tropical fruits, cereals, bananas, peanuts, cassava, vegetables, potatoes, onions, among other fruits. In livestock we find mostly cattle, goats, pigs and horses.

It is one of the most important administrative, economic, financial and commercial centers of southern Ecuador. The development of the industry in the province, in general, was based on the manual skills of its inhabitants. It has a very unique importance for the history of southern Ecuador, as it is a midpoint between the coast and the Amazon, since ancient times it was constituted as a meeting place between cultures, merchants and events of religious connotation.

Tourist Attractions of Loja

As main centers of tourist attraction, the cathedrals that thrive throughout the city of Loja are highlighted, the valleys and the beautiful landscapes fill this province, full of charm and green. The Petrified Forest of Puyango which is shared jointly with the province of El Oro has great scientific value, and is part of one of the few tropical dry forests in the world.

Vilcabamba, located south of the city of Loja, has a special charm, its inhabitants are less than a thousand, and have an excellent average life, tourists come looking to find and have the benefits of this longevity.

The Malacatos Valley is among one of the most beautiful valleys in terms of landscape and flora.

Pilgrimage to the parish of El Cisne: It is one hour from Catamayo. In this one it finds the religious temple of the virgin of the Swan of gothic style and that is one of the largest in the province of Loja. The holidays in El Cisne are in August beginning on 17 and ending on November 17. During those 4 months the population increases in Loja and much more in El Cisne. The tour begins in San Pedro de la Bendita then passes to Catamayo where they receive it with pyrotechnic parties after being 3 days passes to Loja where most of the tourists stay to see the virgin and then the virgin in November returns to the Swan.

Catamayo: hospitable city is ready to receive the tourist or the traveler who travels through the place, possessing an enviable climate and with a very wide tourist infrastructure.

Avocados: it is a canton of the province of Loja named after the presence of the pre-Inca ethnic group Palta, which is the fundamental element of provincial ethnography and history

Flowering of the Guayacanes in Mangahurco: The flowering of the guayacanes: The welcome to the new year is given by nature, in the south of Ecuador at the Festival for the Flowering of the Guayacanes, a unique natural spectacle that happens with the first rains of the which we call "Winter", in the month of January.

In Zapotillo, Loja province, there are the towns of Mangahurco, Bolaspamba and Cazaderos, which are surrounded by an extensive forest of guayacanes, the largest in Ecuador. Because it has a dry climate and is located at approximately 300 meters above sea level, it is considered one of the most important dry hot forests in the region, however with the arrival of the new year the winter season begins, and the first Rains of the year bring the flowering of these timber, which has been a reason to increase the presence of tourists in the area every year, both for the beauty of the trees and for the characteristic aroma of the flowers of guayacán.

Jipiro Park: In avocado means resting place, it is a children's cultural and recreational park, it is one of the most important recreation centers in Loja.

Gastronomy of the Province of Loja

The crazy repe: The repe is a delicious typical crazy soup that is prepared with banana or green banana, milk, cheese or cheese, and coriander.
Peas with guineo: The pea soup with guineo is a typical crazy dish (similar to the repe, but not exactly the same) prepared with green bananas, peas, onion, condiments, cheese and coriander.
Beef jerky: The cured beef jerky is one of my favorite typical dishes, it can be found in many restaurants, but they all say that the best jerky are prepared in Catamayo (Latoma). Beef jerky consists of thin fillets of pork or pork that are seasoned with cumin and garlic, and then dried in the sun, and prepared roasted or fried. The beef jerky is served with cassava, onion and tomato tan, rice, and a good chili pepper.
Loose tamales with pepa pepper: Loja is known for its exquisite tamales, which are filled with a condumio of chicken or pork, and wrapped in achira leaves. The distant tamales are served with the infallible pepa pepper, a delicious slightly spicy sauce that is prepared with zambo (pumpkin / squash) potatoes liquefied with coriander, peppers (hot peppers), and spices. Tamales are served for breakfast or afternoon coffee.
Humitas: The humitas lojanas, also sometimes called simply humas, are prepared with tender choclos, eggs, cheese, and cream, and cooked in the steamed choclos leaves. Like tamales they are served for breakfast or with coffee, and usually both humitas and tamales can be found in the same place. The humitas are delicious with the tree tomato pepper.

Culture and traditions of the "South Sentinel"

The "tusorio" is one of the ancient customs of the Quilanguenses, nowadays some still practice it. It consists of the haircut to a child of 4 to 6 years old by the Godfather of Baptism, it is customary for each guest to the party and that cuts the "jimba" (braid) of the child, you must deposit a quantity of money for the child's needs; The party costs are borne by the child's parents, the sponsor must leave if he prefers any details for his godson.


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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.
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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

Cotopaxi Volcano in Latacunga Ecuador

The Cotopaxi volcano is a tourist place of Ecuador, one of the heights that you can not miss visiting, a representative volcano of the Sierra Region.

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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.