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Quito City

Quito :

Quito is the capital of Ecuador and its Pichincha province. In the language of the Tsáchila or colored Indians the name means, center (Quitsa) of the world. Quito has the biggest historical center in South America as well as one of the most beautiful historical centers of the Americas, the city has about 1.8 millions inhabitants between its area that expands 31miles long and 3.1miles wide.

The city lies in a wonderful lush valley below the slopes of the Pichincha volcano that stands in the midst of the remarkable Andes Mountains. It is the second highest capital of the world (9,300 feet above sea level).

As the 'historical center' with its charming colonial houses and churches, Quito became too small and therefore a 'new city' was built with modern skyscrapers, broad avenues and urban parks.

The cultural heritage of Quito was so important that it was the first city in the world to be declared World Heritage Cultural Site by UNESCO in 1978.



Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca is located on an inner Andean valley on the southern part of Ecuador (274 miles south of Quito), at an elevation of 8315 feets above sea level where one can typically enjoy warm weather, with an average temperature of 62.6°F. Its population is of approximately 400.000 inhabitants.

Cuenca is also considered as the third largest city of the country, after Quito and Guayaquil, Its condition of average size city, almost Franciscan and still conventional in comparison to the former cities, is another factor that contributes to having visitors promising to return or even better, deciding to stay and live there.

However, Cuenca is not only limited to its historical center which is a collection of tangible as well as intangible heritage. The administrative subdivision of Ecuador has each of its 22 provinces to be composed by cantons, and these are subdivided into counties. From this perspective, Cuenca is the capital of the province of Azuay.



Riobamba (full name San Pedro de Riobamba) is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador and located in the center of the country in the sierra region, within close proximity to the Chimborazo volcano in the Andes. The city has the largest concentration of indigenous population in Ecuador. The indigenous inhabitants of the region worship the Chimborazo volcano as a God.

Like many cities in Ecuador, Riobamba has a near constant temperature year-round, with a wet and dry season. Its altitude (2754m) and closeness to the Chimborazo gives the city a cool climate year-round, with temperatures averaging between 73.4 °F and 57.2 °F.

It is 125 miles south of Ecuador's capital Quito and is located at 9,000 feet above sea level on the Avenue of the Volcanoes. The city is an important regional transport center as well as being a stop on the Pan-American Highway that runs through Ecuador. Along with Ambato, Riobamba it stands as one of the largest cities in the central portion of Ecuador's Sierra region. It has beautiful parks and plazas and is also adorned in arcades and pre-styled colonial architecture.



Guayaquil, officially Santiago de Guayaquil, is the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador, with an approximate population of 2.6 millions inhabitants, as well as that nation's main port. The city is the capital of the Ecuadorian province of Guayas and the seat of the namesake canton.

Guayaquil is located on the western bank of the Guayas River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Guayaquil. Because of its location, the city is the center of Ecuador's business and manufacturing industries.

At the present-day Guayaquil continues its tradition of trade, although the city is expanding its tourism base by beautifying the city and improving the citizens' self-esteem (despite having few historic buildings); renovations and expansions of levees, squares, parks, and some districts have turned Guayaquil into a national and international tourist destination. The gulf of Guayaquil, the monuments, parks, museums, the River Guayas, its modern concept and the exiting nightlife are part of the attractions of this city.

All you Need is Ecuador Ministerio de Turismo del Ecuador Quito