Quito, Ecuador

Photo: City Park Ecuador – Quito is one of the few cities to experience four seasons nearly every day of the year. Also, its high altitude and sunny disposition make it a spirited place to live and visit. Hashtags: #QuitoGrandeOtraVez According to the historian Juan Paz y Miño, Quito comes from the Indigenous word quitu, …

Ruta Spondylus

Image: BHL, Spondylus gaederopus Spotlight on the binational (Ecuador-Peru) initiative called Ruta Spondylus Elsewhere on the Weblonelyplanet.comthisisecuador.com HeadlinesRealizan obras en el corredor vial Santa Elena-Guayaquil y en la Ruta del Spondylus Embedded Tweets WikipediaRuta del Sol (Ecuador) Planeta

Cotopaxi

Photo: Jo Simon, View from Iliniza Spotlight on Cotopaxi, an active stratovolcano, national park, and country province, in the Andes Mountains about 50 km (31 mi) south of Quito, and 33 km (21 mi) northeast of the city of Latacunga, Ecuador. The Cotopaxi volcano (meaning “smooth neck of the moon” in Quechua) is among the …

Indigenous Ecuador

Photo: Guayasamín Spotlight on Indigenous cultures of Ecuador Wikipedia: Approximately 96.4% of Ecuador’s Indigenous peoples are Highland Quechuas living in the valleys of the Sierra region. Primarily consisting of the descendents of Incans, they are Kichwa speakers and include the Caranqui, the Otavaleños, the Cayambi, the Quitu-Caras, the Panzaleo, the Chimbuelo, the Salasacan, the Tugua, …

Wild Ecuador = Ecuador Silvestre

Photo: David Ceballos, Desfiladero de Papallacta Planeta.com is updating our guide to Wild Ecuador – the country’s biodiversity, wildlife, parks and protected areas and the opportunities for ecotourism, conscious, local, Indigenous, and responsible travel. HeadlinesUna reserva fronteriza, en gestación – El ComercioPerú y Ecuador establecerán primera Reserva de Biosfera binacional de Sudamérica (Peru and Ecuador …

Quito Links

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Galápagos

Photo: Peter Szekely, Aves Spotlight on the Galápagos Islands Google Maps Background The 1859 publication of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species made the Galapagos famous. A century later in 1959, Ecuador declared 97 percent of the Galapagos islands a national park. In 1979 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designad the …

Galápagos Links

Galápagos Flag What would locals like visitors to know about the Galápagos? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion: Governmentgobie[email protected]cGGalapagos Tourismobservatoriogalapagos.gob.ec [email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected] Videos Earth from Space: Galápagos Islands, Ecuador HeadlinesGalapagos rock formation Darwin’s Arch has collapsedWanna Visit the Galápagos Islands? It Could Soon Cost You a Lot MoreThe reality of being a Galapagos Islands …

Loja, Ecuador

Photo: David A. Acosta, Loja Loja (Ciudad de la Inmaculada Concepción de Loja, City of the Immaculate Conception of Loja), is located in the Cuxibamba valley in southern Ecuador. The province of Loja shares borders with the provinces of Zamora-Chinchipe and El Oro, and with Perú in the south. Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/9H5oLYcamSK1MVCR7 Cultural WorldLoja holds a …