home to towering mountains such as Volcano Chiles (4,768 m) and an
alpine climate with an average temperature of 12 degrees centigrade,
is Ecuadors northernmost province. The province is home to some
of the nations most impressive protected areas, such as El Angel Reserve,
and several interesting and colorful towns. One of its major attractions
is Gruta de la Paz (the Grotto of Peace). Carchi also has a
domestic airport with connecting flights to various cities throughout
Ecuador and a handful of flights to southern Colombia.
to an uncountable number of lakes and other bodies of water, Imbabura
is a great place for fishing and adventure sports. Located in Ecuadors
northern highlands, the province enjoys a pleasantly dry climate with
an average temperature of around 18 degrees centigrade. Its production
of handicrafts has made its indigenous population, principally those
from Otavalo, famous worldwide. The province is also well known for
its Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve. Imbaburas hotel facilities
and tourist infrastructure are among the best in the country.
the provincial of Pichincha and the nations capital, is the
departure point for Ecuadors main tourist destinations. Due
to its strategic location and well-developed tourist infrastructure
Quito is an ideal place from which to start a trip and a great place
to hold both national and international conventions and other events.
The city lies at the foot of the western Andes range and enjoys a
spring-like climate, with temperatures ranging from 13 to 24 degrees
centigrade. Its Mariscal Sucre Airport, is one of Ecuadors international
terminals. Apart from its historical capital, Pichincha has an abundance
of interesting destination: protected areas with extensive forests
and towering volcanoes, archaeological sites, and villages indigenous
markets that sell the finest in artisan crafts.
province of Cotopaxis main attraction is Cotopaxi National Park.
Located on the eastern plain of Patate, in the center of the country,
Cotopaxis climate varies from 12 to 17 degrees centigrade. In
addition to Cotopaxi National Park, the province has major indigenous
markets and is rich in popular traditions.
its temperate, wet, and cool climate, this province, lying to the
south of Cotopaxi, is known for its towering peaks, its Carnival festivities,
and its fruit and flower production. Handmade leather goods are another
one of its riches. The town of Baños is one of the gateways
to the Amazon.
in the heart of the country, quaint Guaranda is the smallest provincial
capital in the highlands. Its pleasant climate (22 to 25 degrees centigrade
in the tropical regions) make it very popular with visitors, who are
also attracted the areas cool paramo. The Carnival festivities
of the area have gained fame throughout Ecuador.
is one of the most popular provinces with foreign visitors and the
geographical location and mountains, such as Chimborazo, make it an
ideal place for mountaineering. The province is also rich in history,
traditions, handicrafts and natural beauty with many lakes and distinctive
paramo vegetation. The average temperature is 13 degrees centigrade
and its on the southern route through the highlands.