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Tungurahua Province

It is the land of the three Juanes, the warmth of its people reminds the visitor that it is not there as a tourist. It is one of the magical places of the Ecuadorian mountain range, for its inexhaustible magic and charm. It is one of the 24 provinces that make up the Republic of Ecuador. It is located in the center of the country, in the geographical region known as sierra.

The province of Tungurahua is located in the center of the Ecuadorian Sierra, its capital is Ambato. It has an area of ​​3,334 square kilometers and is 2,557 meters high. In territorial extension it is the smallest province of Ecuador. ”, Representing 1.24% of the national surface and a population density of 134.9 Hab./Km2., Being one of the highest in the country. Tungurahua is located in the Southern and Western hemispheres, it is between parallels 00º55'00 "S and 01º35'00" and meridians 78º06'51 "and 78º55'49". The stories of love, earthquakes and miracles that beat him to death are hidden in the bowels of the province of Tungurahua. Ambato marked another great milestone in the country: there the first printing press was installed at the time of the Colony. It is a region that has a lot to show visitors, especially during the Carnival which is characterized as a game without water, exhibitions, dance festivals, theater and parades.

The people of the province are engaged in agriculture and livestock, tourism, commerce, textile industry: leather clothing, clothing, footwear, among others. This province is characterized by festivals, flowers, fruits and crafts. The most important agricultural products of the province are potatoes, red onion, beans, beans, lettuce, corn, tomatoes and a wide variety of fruits including: claudia, peach, tangerine, apple, blackberry, pear, opener (guaytambo), etc. . The most important fruit centers are located in Píllaro, Patate, Ambato, Huachi and Cevallos.

Livestock production is aimed at the production of pigs, cattle, sheep, horses, and the raising of rabbits. Milk and meat cattle are processed at the Pelileo plant. The artisanal production, dedicated, among other tasks, to the development of tapestries (Salasaca), the tannery (Píllaro, Quisapincha, Picaihua), and the blankets and ponchos (Quero) is of notable importance.

Climate Tungurahua Province

It is characterized by a diversity of climatic floors typical of the inter-Andean region, although there is a predominance of the dry mesothermic climate, which is modified by the winds that enter through the Pastaza river canyon. The average temperature is 15oC. Rains occur between September and December, being used for the cultivation of fruit trees. The average annual temperature is between 14º C. and 17º C. Winter: October-May and Summer: June-September

Flora Province of Tungurahua

As for vegetation, there is the aguacolla that is the representative flower of the province, eucalyptus with more than 20 years of life, cypress, quishuar, molles, among others. But without a doubt what most captivates is the presence of orchids of different shapes and colors. Other of the most common plant species that can be observed are: the pumamaqui, bulrush, yagual, palm of bouquets, gentian, pajonal, bromeliads, anthuriums, frailejón and heliconias.

Wildlife Province of Tungurahua

The Ecological Corridor Llanganates - Sangay and the Pastaza river basin, shows a great variety of fauna. There are a large number of animal species being the most common hummingbirds, butterflies, doves and pigeons.

Hydrography Tungurahua Province

From the northern slopes come the rivers Huapante, Talatag, Quillopaccha, Golpe, Pucachuayco and Cutuchi, which thickens its flow with several tributaries and forms the Patate by joining with Ambato and Pachanlica; these come to the Southwest as do the Támbalo, Chiquicagua and Alajua rivers. From the Southeast comes the Chambo river that joins the Patate and gives rise to the Pastaza that crosses the mountain range and goes to the Amazon. To the East are the Verde, Blanco, Machai, Mapoto and Topo rivers. The main lagoons are: Pisayambo, del Tambo, Patojapina, RodoCocha and Yanococha, from San Antonio. In addition there are other lagoons such as: Aucacocha, El Cable, Chaloacocha, Uspayacha, Salayambo, Pisachoa, and those of the Glasses. Among the thermal springs we have: CunucYacu, Aguaján, Pishilata and Quillán in Ambato. In Píllaro there is the convalescence beach of Huapante and in Baños the slopes of the Salado and the Virgin.

Orography Tungurahua Province

Geographically it is located in the eastern hole of the Patate river and Latacunga-Ambato hole. It borders to the North with the Tiopullo knot, to the East with the western Andes mountain range and to the South with the Iguálala knot. From the folds of the mountain range there are beautiful valleys such as those of Ambato, Izamba, Cunchibamba, Patate, Baños, Leito and El Triunfo. The main elevations of the western branch of the mountain range are the Casaguala (4,545 m), the Quispicacha (4,530 m) and the Sagotoa (4,153 m). In the central mountain range is Cerro Hermoso (4,571 m). To the south of the hole is the active Tungurahua volcano (5,023 m) and in front is Mulmud (3,877 m), Iguálala (4,482 m), and by the moors of Yanayacu, Olalla and Sanancajas is Carihuairazo, whose height reaches 5,020 m.

Economic activity Tungurahua Province

Its main economic activity is agriculture and industry. Regarding industries, the following stand out: Tanneries, Metal foundries, Fabrics and Clothing, Food, Leather, Rubber, Plastics, Liquors and Soda, Wood, Mechanical Metal, Poultry, etc.

Tungurahua Culture

The Festival of Flowers and Fruits and the weekly fairs of the towns that are in its territory, constitute tourist attractions of the first order. Holy Water Baths with its sanctuary; Ambato and the beauty of its citadels, the fifth of Juan León Mera and the house of Juan Montalvo are also places of obligatory visit to know the past and traditions of this great province.

Tungurahua folkloric manifestations have very unique beauty and connotations. The community of Salasacas that sits in this same province stands out because they retain their traditional customs and clothing.

The province has traditions that go back to times before the conquest, with ethnicities that retain their customs and costumes, to display them with great beauty at the Festival of Flowers and Fruits, which takes place in February, the Corso de las Flores and the Joy of January, folk festivals, dance festivals, floral games, international painting halls, the coronation of the queen, and constant presentations of local cultural groups are part of their traditions.

Typical Food of the Province of Tungurahua

This province has a large amount of gastronomic offer among which it is worth highlighting:

Pan de Pinllo: The parish of Pinllo is famous for its bread, part of its exquisite flavor is the lard that is used in its preparation. The secret of flavor is in the wood oven that is used for the preparation of bread.

Potatoes with Mocha leather: Potatoes with leather is another typical food that we will find in Ambato. There are several ways to prepare this dish, and it can be accompanied with other things. Here is a simple recipe for its preparation.

Llapingachos: It is a dish composed mainly of potato tortillas, accompanied by chorizo, egg and pickled tomatoes and onions.

Roasted Cuy: The guinea pig is roasted traditionally baked in wood and served with potatoes in peanut sauce and a salad of lettuce, onion and tomato.

Mondongo Broth: It is a typical Ecuadorian dish consisting of a blunt soup made from the tripe of the stomach of the cow or the lamb, also known as mondongo or guatita. It is prepared with potatoes, corn and cassava accompanied by dressings.

Fry of Izamba: The fries of Izamba have become one of the most popular food in this parish, it is said that the dish of this place has a traditional secret that makes this fry a must for both locals and strangers.

Pinllo hens: This is a dish that characterizes the identity of the inhabitants of this province, the dish is nothing other than chickens seasoned with traditional secrets of the region and roasted in firewood, this dish is accompanied by potatoes and salsa Peanut, this delicacy is known nationally and the restaurant that sells this dish is visited by national and international tourists.

Tungurahua tourist attractions

Tungurahua has the territorial tourism dynamic is positioned through 9 tourist routes of Tungurahua in the nine cantons of the province where it stands out from the city of Baños, as one of the most important “adventure, rest and fun” ecotourism destinations in the country , in direct connection to the Amazon.

Baños radiates its tourist dynamics to other points of the province such as the shopping circuit in handicrafts, textiles, leather and footwear in Quisapincha, Cevallos, Huambaló, Pelileo, Salasaca and Ambato. Attractions such as the Tungurahua volcano that is active, protected areas such as Llanganates National Park and Sangay National Park.

  • Atocha La Liria Botanical Garden: a heritage tourist place with ample space where two museums are located
  • The historic house Martínez-Holguín: House of illustrious characters who contributed to poetry and history, a beautiful building made a museum. Juan Montalvo House
  • Provincial Park of the family. A place for ecological and recreational tourism, its beautiful green spaces accompanied by fruit trees.
  • Aguájan Spas, "El Peñón del Río", ecological roads
  • Church the cathedral A representative religious building of the city of Ambato
  • Quisapincha An parish of Ambato dedicated mostly to the manufacture of leather goods.
  • Festivities of flowers and fruits: A traditional festival that takes place at the time of carnival.
  • Ternas de la Virgen Hot springs and water park
  • Termas El Salado Hot spring pools are its main attraction
  • Modern Pools An actuator park with renovated facilities.
  • Termas Santa Clara or Pisicina el Cangejo com was formerly known
  • Tree House a lookout point towards Mama Tungurahua
  • Waterfalls in Baños de Agua Santa, such as:
  • Agoyan waterfall
  • Inés María waterfall (Pastaza River)
  • waterfall The Mantle of the Bride
  • St. George's Waterfall
  • San Pedro waterfall
  • Waterfall Encañonado del Duende
  • Machay waterfall
  • Pailón del Diablo waterfall
  • Waterfall of Río Verde Waterfall of Ulba
  • San Martin Zoo
  • Snowy Carihuairazo
  • Jean Fair
  • Fair in Salasaca
  • La Moya Recreational Park
  • The devilish pillareña
  • Junjun Waterfall A fantastic waterfall and a tourist attraction for its lush vegetation.
  • Mantle of the Angel
  • San Agustin
  • The Butler
  • San Miguel
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  • Cerro Hermoso An elevation located within the Llanganates national park.
  • Llanganates National Park It is located as a protected area of ​​Ecuador
  • Sangay National Park It is considered an area protected by the Ministry of Environment


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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

El Tingo hot springs in Quito Ecuador

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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.