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Southern Andes

Archaeological Monuments and Sanctuaries

The country’s oldest archaeological ruins are to be found in this region. The area is also home to several villages full of handicrafts as well as to a variety of protected areas, national parks, and nature reserves. Cuenca, the capital of Azuay (one of the three provinces of the Southern region) stands out as a historical and cultural city. This part of the country is also known for its hot springs and the traditional medicines which are used here. The climate differs according to the altitude. However, in general, the weather here is relatively cool.

Provinces of the Southern Andes
Click here or on the Map to get an overview of the provinces of the southern Ecuadorian Andes or click on a specific province to go directly to that province's destination guide.
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