Andes

World heritage, full of ancient legends and traditions, cities full of majestic volcanoes, mighty rivers, humid and tropical forests and the people cordiality, is what this region offers the world. The Andes have three branches in Ecuador, the two large ones known as western and eastern and the third formed by small mountain ranges of the condor that correspond to the Ecuadorian Amazon. Among the mountain ranges that form the Andes are fertile valleys bathed by the rivers that descend from the Andean snows. The microclimates variation and the ecological diversity determine the varied Ecuadorian production. On the other hand the indigenous communities of the region are known for their colorful folklore and their remarkable weaving skills. In several cities you can enjoy activities such as: bird watching, cycling, water sports, indigenous community’s interaction, rose plantations visits, taste delicious traditional dishes and much more.

Alexander Von Humboldt explored the Ecuadorian Andes and its valleys in 1802. He called them the "Avenue of the Volcanoes". He believed that he had reached the highest point in the world when he tried to climb the Chimborazo volcano (6268 masl), since the Himalayas were still unknown in Europe at that time. If measured from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo peak is in fact the furthest point from the surface of the planet (because the Earth is wider in the Tropics).

Regarding culture, the Andean and Amazon peoples have a worldview according to which human beings live in equality and balance with nature, they consider that everything has a spirit and an energy that allow a harmonious coexistence with each other. For Ecuadorians religious and profane festivities are very important, several of them are celebrated in the Highland region, which allow to maintain the ancient traditions.

Patrimonio de la humanidad, llena de leyendas y tradiciones milenarias, ciudades con un entorno de majestuosos volcanes, caudalosos ríos, bosques húmedos y tropicales y la cordialidad de su gente, es lo que ofrece al mundo esta región.

Los Andes presentan en el Ecuador tres ramales, los dos grandes conocidos como occidental y oriental y el tercero formado por pequeñas cordilleras del cóndor que corresponden a la Amazonia ecuatoriana. Entre las cadenas montañosas que forman los Andes se encuentran valles fértiles bañados por los ríos que descienden de las nieves andinas. La variedad de microclimas y la diversidad de pisos ecológicos determinan la inmensa y variada producción ecuatoriana.

Por otro lado las comunidades indígenas de la región son conocidas por su colorido folklore y sus notables habilidades de tejido. En varias ciudades se puede disfrutar de actividades como: observación de aves, ciclismo de montaña, deportes acuáticos en los lagos, interacción con comunidades indígenas, visita a plantaciones de rosas, degustación de deliciosos platos tradicionales y mucho más.

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