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    Sierra (Andes)

    When looking down on the area from a bird's eye view, the Ecuadorian Andes jump out of the surrounding blanket with a collage of colors. It is as if nature has created its own embroidery. But a closer look will soon make you realize that this beautiful panorama is not only an expression of nature, but also a product of people's labor.

  • Sierra (Andes)

    Cuenca

    Cuenca is Ecuador's third largest city and a place with tremendous history. Originally a Cañari settlement, the Inca's conquered the inhabitants and began to occupy the city. These Inca's stuck to tradition and absorbed the astronomical and agricultural achievements of the Cañari into their own culture. Not long afterwards, the Inca's decided to build an impressive city named Pumapungo - ...

  • Sierra (Andes)

    Quito

    The beautiful city of Quito, Ecuador is nestled in a valley at the base of the Pichincha Volcano. Its exquisite natural surroundings are virtually unparalleled and they provide the perfect background to this picturesque city. Quito is more than just the capital of Ecuador; it is a place of adventure. You will find quite a few ecotours in Quito.

  • Sierra (Andes)

    Otavalo

    The small mountain town of Otavalo is perhaps most renowned because of the famous market that has been established here. People from all over the world come to see the striking array of hand crafted goods that are available in this local market every year. What makes the market so special? Well, none of the hand crafted goods available here are commercialized versions of true original ...

  • Sierra (Andes)

    Ibarra

    A colonial town with small cobbled streets just 45 miles away from Quito, Ibarra is the capital of the Imbabura province. Ibarra is situated between the Imbabura Volcano and the Tahuando River and has quite a peaceful environment. The weather is generally pleasant, making it the ideal spot for someone looking to 'get away from it all'.

  • Sierra (Andes)

    Quichinche

    Situated at the foot of the northern end of the spectacular Andes Mountains is the small village of Quichinche. This small, populated area is to be found in the Imbabura Province of Ecuador. The town itself is nothing to see unless you enjoy association with friendly locals - of which there are plenty. You will also get the opportunity to see somewhat rural life and the everyday application ...

  • Sierra (Andes)

    San Pablo Del Lago

    San Pablo del Lago is a tranquil little village located near the San Pablo Lake. The surrounding water, mountains and volcano make for some breath-taking scenery. While the village itself is small and quiet, the surrounding area is filled with some amazing lodges, hotels and haciendas. Besides being an incredibly relaxing place to go, there are many recreational activities that can be ...

  • Sierra (Andes)

    Salcedo

    At the heart of the Cotopaxi province of Ecuador lies the sleepy little town of Salcedo. Most visitors to this part of the world only spend the night at one of the luxury hotels in the area while others just pass through by bus or on foot enroute to other destinations. Really though, Salcedo has a lot to offer and should definitely be given a second glance.

  • Events

    Carnival Carnival in Ecuador is celebrated in February or March each year and ends on Ash Wednesday. Ecuador has a very unique way of celebrating their carnival: they celebrate it by throwing water balloons, bags filled with flour, water weapons and anything that may make others look messy. Most people don't seem to like it but the children and teenagers love it. These water weapons and ...

  • Sierra (Andes)

    Riobamba

    Nestled in the Chambo River Valley near the Chimborazo Volcano in Ecuador is the city of Riobamba. This bustling little city is the center of trade for the surrounding cattle-ranches. The roads to and from Riobamba see a lot of traffic from the various farmers and traders who transport their stock to the city in order to sell them, so they are well developed. In fact, on the way to Riobamba ...