Ecuador

Ecuador

on Saturday, 17 September 2011. Posted in Ecuador

Ecuador A land of wonders and diversity!
Although the smallest of all the Andean countries, The Republic of Ecuador holds historical, cultural and natural wonders befitting an entire continent.  Straddling not only two hemispheres but also two worlds - the ancient and the modern - this tiny republic with its remnants of past civilizations and Spanish conquests offers the traveler a striking blend of landscapes, peoples and cultures.  
From ancient markets of the indigenous peoples, Amazon tributaries, Inca ruins, Andean peaks, 16th century churches, and the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands, Ecuador boasts an incredible diversity which belies its diminutive size.   Indigenous cultures, tropical forests, active volcanoes, and a wealth of animal and bird life are all highly accessible within a matter of hours in a country no bigger than the U.S. State of Colorado.  
Ecuador is situated on the equator on the South American continent.  Almost due south of the U.S. state of Florida, Ecuador is about 4-hours by air from Miami.  
Temperatures and rainfall vary depending on the region, altitude, and seasonal factors. 
Quito, in the northern Andes, has an temperature varying from 45° to 74° F.  The rainy season is typically from September to June, varying from 4 to 7 inches per month. 
Guayaquil, on the pacific coast, has a temperature that varies from 75
North Seymour Island, in the Galapagos, typically has variations in temperatures from 88 F in March and April, to 75 F in August and September.January through April is the rainy season, but even then rainfall rarely exceeds 2 inches per month.  
Once the Inca Empire's northernmost territory, successive waves of invaders have left their indelible mark on the country.  The remains of Inca and pre-Inca fortresses dot hill tops across the Sierra, while in the highland valleys Quechua-speaking Indiana sell traditional handicrafts in thousand year old markets.  The beautifully preserved cities of Quito and Cuenca, both rich in 16th century art and architecture, and the elegant colonial haciendas found throughout the conquests and three hundred years of Spanish rule.

Quito

on Thursday, 15 September 2011. Posted in Ecuador

San Francisco de Quito
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 2,850 m. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the 'Baroque school of Quito', which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art.
San Francisco de Quito, mainly called Quito, is in northwestern South America. It is positioned in north-central Ecuador in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains.
Quito is the second the majority populous city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil. It is also the capital of the Pichincha province and the seat of Metropolitan District of Quito. In 2008 the city was designated as the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations.

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