10 Highest Mountains in Ecuador

Mountains in Ecuador
Mountains in Ecuador

Humboldt once said: “Ecuadorians are rare and unique beings: they sleep peacefully in the midst of crisp volcanoes, they live poor in the midst of incomparable riches and they rejoice with sad music” (Mountains)

1.- CHIMBORAZO

Altitude: 6268 m
Location: Chimborazo Province. It is an inactive volcano and is the highest mountain in Ecuador and the world if measured from the center of the Earth. It beat Everest with 8848 m.

Mountains in Ecuador

2.- COTOPAXI

Altitude: 5897 m
Location: Cotopaxi Province.
To the Southeast of Rucu Pichincha. Presented a little activity 2 years ago.

Mountains in Ecuador

3.- CAYAMBE

Altitude: 5790 m
Location: Pichincha Province.
To the Northeast of Rucu Pichincha. It is a volcano that erupted 230 years ago and several months ago it returned to present slight activity. It is said to be one of the most difficult volcanoes to climb.

Mountains in Ecuador4.- ANTISANA

Altitude: 5704 m
It is located between the provinces of Napo and Pichincha. It is located between the volcanoes of Cotopaxi, Chacana, Cayambe, Reventador and Sumaco. Its glacier lost at least 36% of its original mass in the last 50 years. The melting of its glacial hull and the páramos located around the volcano are one of the most important sources of drinking water for the city of Quito.

5.- ALTAR

Altitude: 5319 m
Location: Chimborazo Province. Extinct volcano also known as Kapak Urku. It is part of the Sangay National Park.

Mountains in Ecuador6.- SANGAY

Altitude: 5300 m
Location: Province Morona Santiago. It is the most active volcano in Ecuador, erupting since 1934 and protected under the Sangay National Park.

Mountains in Ecuador7 y 8.- ILLINIZAS NORTE Y SUR

Altitude: 5248 m and 5126 m.
Location: Cotopaxi Province. Volcanoes part of the Ecological Reserve Los Ilinizas. They are twin mountains but one is harder to climb than the other.

9.- TUNGURAHUA

Altitude: 5023 m It is located on the border of the provinces of Chimborazo and Tungurahua.
The last eruption of the volcano began in 1992 and remains in eruption until today, July 14th, 2006, August 16th, 2006, May 28, 2008, April 26th, 2010, August 20th, 2012, the 1th February 2014 and the most recent on February 27th, 2016.

10.- CARIHUAIRAZO

Altitude: 5018 m
Location: Chimborazo Province. It is a volcanic caldera, part of the Chimborazo Fauna Production Reserve.


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Jesus Procession of the Great Power Quito

Quito - Ecuador
Quito – Ecuador
JESUS PROCESSION OF THE GREAT POWER

The procession Jesus of the Great Power in Quito is a great act of faith and atonement for sins. Where the images of the cornets, the veronicas and the Roman soldiers will continue for many more years, because without them you can not talk about the procession of Holy Friday.

Who are and who represent the veronicas?

These penitents play an important role in the procession of Jesus of the Great Power of Good Friday in Quito, they represent the women of Jerusalem who wept as Jesus was finally taken to the place where he was crucified. Veronicas usually dress in black, as a sign of mourning. They always carry some canvases, representing the woman who wiped Jesus’ face.

Why are Romans in the procession?

These are the bad guys of the procession, because they are the ones who are behind Jesus, usually with whips. They represent the torturers of Jesus. The representation of the Roman soldier is key to the passion and death of Christ.

During the procession characteristic characters as they appear:

  • Cucuruchos: Cornets: They wear purple robes and wear hoods to cover their heads, walking barefoot and carrying batons.
  • Santos Varones: penitents are dressed in white garments that carry on their shoulders rests the chest where the body of Jesus Christ crucified.
  • María Magdalena: The penitent woman who accompanied the casket of Jesus Christ and mourns his death.

The procession ends at approximately three o’clock in the afternoon, when the death of the Lord and the descent is done at six o’clock. In many churches there is the ceremony of the Seven Words and the impressive ceremony of the descent in which the priest, from the pulpit, tells how the holy women and a group of Apostles was in charge of burying Christ.

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Holy Week in Quito – Arrastre de Caudas

Quito - Ecuador
Quito – Ecuador

Holy Week – Arrastre de Caudas

The Drag of Cauda was born in the sixteenth century, when in funeral ceremonies honors were given to the generals of the Roman army fallen in battle later this ritual was accepted by the Catholic Church and adapted to honor the death of Jesus. This ceremony has become a firm testimony of devotion and customs, this sacred ritual unique in the world is held in the Cathedral of Quito, on Holy Wednesday, at noon.

The religious penitents leave from the High Altar and cross the temple accompanied by two acolytes, students of the Major Seminary, who carry lit candles. The Archbishop walks carrying the Blessed Sacrament, a jewel of gold and precious stones that has embedded fragments of the True Cross, where Jesus Christ suffered his passion. After completing this tour, the oldest religious canons of the church kneel before the high altar for the Archbishop to shake a large black flag with a red cross on them to symbolically convey the virtues of Jesus Christ.

To end the liturgical act, the Archbishop hits the flagpole three times against the ground, symbol of the resurrection of Christ, to then bless all the faithful. All colors have their meaning: black is the mourning for the death of Jesus Christ, the red of the cross on the flag is the color of martyrdom, purple is the color of penance and the white of purity.

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Quilotoa Lagoon

Quilotoa 3914m
Quilotoa 3914m       Legend of the Quilotoa Lagoon
Quilotoa Lagoon is located 66 kilometers south of the city of Latacunga, in the parish of Zumbahua and is part of the Ilinizas Ecological Reserve.
Located at 3800 meters above sea level. The water of the lake has an emerald green color and varies according to the season. Therefore depend on season you can see variety of color that can be bluish green or almost yellow. In this way showing an imposing picture according to shade and light.
In the surroundings of the lagoon you can observe animal species such as. The wolf of páramo, fox, rabbits, the deer, among other species.

Have you heard this legend? 🤔

Legend has it that some time ago, in the circular caldera located in the center of the volcano, a god called Quilotoa appeared on the surface of the lake.

He was considered the king of the eruptions of all the volcanoes because he destroyed everything at his step. In addition there was a god who could be under the water of that lagoon and when the volcano erupted. Finally the gods fought for what destroyed everything that existed around him. So in your visit to this mystic lagoon you will know the origin of legend it.

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Quito Tourist Information

Quito - San Francisco
Quito – San Francisco

QUITO

The name official is San Francisco de Quito.  Is the capital city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above sea level.

It is the second highest official capital city in the world.  It is located in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha.

Therefore this city declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco is the best so you can start your trip in Ecuador. So the most important thing is that you handle the information and recommendations so that your stay in this beautiful city is the best.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

It’s a safe city?

As in any other country, it is important to be careful. Keep your belongings with you at all times. When getting on a bus or in busy areas, keep your bag in front of you. Do not leave your wallet or cell phone in your back pocket. Avoid walking alone in the parks or on the street at night where there is no lighting.

Is it necessary to tip?

Give the tips are necessary when the service was the best. So in the tours the tip is not included, if you liked the tour the tip is always well received, besides exist other services that if they charge tips, in the most are the restaurants 10% is charged for service on the bill. But you are always welcome to give an additional tip to the waiter.

Change your money

Most stores in Ecuador do not handle high denomination bills. Therefore it is advisable to have coins or bills of maximum $ 20 at hand, others of higher denomination can be exchanged at the Central Bank or in a tourist establishment can receive your money.

What to bring

Finally bring as little as possible. Most Importantly is sunscreen, a hat, walking shoes, a camera, insect repellent, an umbrella and always wear a sweater. The sun of Quito is strong. It is recommended to apply sunscreen every two hours or at least once a day.

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