My-Quito.com : -northern Andes
- Tungurahua Province
- South of Cotopaxi is Tunguruhua
province, with the town of Baños, one of Ecuador's most
popular destinations, and many spectacular volcanos including
Tungurahua, Carihuairazo and Cerro Hermoso.
- Baños de Agua Santa
- Gateway to the Amazon -on the edge of
the route into the cloud forest and jungle in the east lies Baños. This beautiful town, with
its hot springs, is set in the shadow of the active volcano Tungurahua
which on occasions can be seen glowing at night. It is famous
for its sugar cane candy sweets -interesting to watch them being
made. The town is the starting point for jungle trips to Misahuallí,
Puyo and the waterfalls of Agoyan, Ines María and Pailon
del Diablo. It is also the base for climbing Tunguruhua and El
Altar, and offers adventure sports such as kayaking, trekking,
and mountain biking. Baños provides a gentler and cheaper
alternative than Quito if you want to learn Spanish.
- More on Baños.
- Ambato -City of Leather
- Ambato, the provincial capital,
is best known for its February Carnival celebrations with bullfights
and festive parades. Locally named as the 'Land of Flowers and
Fruit' Ambato and has traditionally been one of the Andes main
trading centers, in particular its leather goods and other artisan
- Other villages in the province
have different specialities -San Pedro de Pelileo produces textiles,
Salasaca woolen rugs and hangings and the area around Patate
is a lush agricultural centre producing avocado, tree tomato,
grapes, mandarin and lime.
- Sangay National Park
- Sangay is the third of Ecuador's World
Heritage sites. The 670,000 acre park covers a huge area of remote
countryside up to 5,400m in altitude, including the three peaks
Tungurahua, El Altar and Sangay (one of the worlds most active
volcanoes). It is home to many rare animals including mountain
tapir, Andean condor, and ocelot. The flora ranges from highland
grasses and shrubs to cloud forest in the east. Tours can be
arranged from Baños.
- Parque Sangay
-information on the flora and fauna, rivers, lakes and volcanoes
of the national park (Spanish).
- Unesco Inscription
-explains reasons for protection of the park.
- gallery.sequenz.ch -some beautiful images of the sort of landscape
in Ecuador -more information
for serious walkers.
- This huge and
remote park of around 220,000 hectares consists largely of Andian
and amazonian forest at altitudes between 1500 and 4500m above
sea level. It is very wet and the temperature ranges between
3 and 25 degrees celsius. The enormous biodiversity to be found
here includes spectacled
bear, Andean deer, capybara, various species of monkey, Andean
tapir, jaguar, ocelot, various parrots, and toucans. It is also
the legendary burial place of Atahualpa's gold ransom, which
was never paid, but buried by Ruminahui on learning of his masters
death at the hands of the Spanish.
must be the province for mountain climbers, but for the visitor
it is also rich in history and handicrafts. Set in the middle
of the snow-capped peaks is Riobamba, one time capital of Ecuador.
The old town is famous for its colonial architecture and cobblestone
streets, and it is the starting point for the world famous train ride past the Devil's Nose.
- Nearby the Chimborazo Wildlife
Reserve, contains the volcanoes Chimborazo and Carihuairazo,
both popular with climbers -for more information follow the link
to mountain climbing. The
Reserve also acts as a refuge to preserve vicuña, llama,
- See also
- Baños -gateway to the Oriente
- Northern Andes -more information from
the Ministry of Tourism.
trips -trips you can
visit in the northern Andes in a day trip or weekend from Quito
-Otavalo, Pasachoa, Mitad del Mundo, Cotopaxi, Pululahua.
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- Trekking in Ecuador
by Robert Kunstaetter, Daisy Kunstaetter (Paperback )
- Twenty-nine detailed trek
descriptions, with photos, topographic maps, and elevation profiles.
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