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Carnival • Celebrated in February or March • Ends on Ash Wednesday • Colorful Parades • Teenagers and Children throw water balloons, bags of flour, and use water guns to get each other messy.
Holy Week (Semana Santa) • Celebrated the week before Easter; starts on Palm Sunday • Parades on the streets on Good Friday Fanesca is the traditional soup for Holy Week. It is made with Bacalao (salt fish)
Corpus Cristi • Held on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. • More popular in the highland regions • Celebrated in different ways according to the tradition of each town. • Some towns involve costumes, music and dancing, while others consist of masked dancers through the streets • Brave men of the town will climb 12 meter high greased poles to obtain a prize.
San Juan Bautista • Week long festival • Begins on June 24 • Celebration honors Pachamama (mother earth) • Involves local men dressed up in varied costumes, that dance from house to house until they reach the San Juan Chapel, where they start throwing rocks at each other.
Held June 29 each year • However, start the night before with bonfires in the streets • Women who want to become pregnant jump over the bonfires in hope that they will become pregnant San Pedro and San Pablo
New Years Ecuadorians celebrate New Years with old years. They stuff dummies with paper, sawdust and firecrackers. Show the dummies to the whole country before burning them.
Located in the middle of the Andes Mountains • Hot springs and picturesque landscapes • Hiking, Mountain biking, Horseback riding, & White river rafting Banos
Cotopaxi National Park • Near Latacunga • Highest active volcano in the world • Perfect cone shaped, snow covered top • Home to wild horses, deer, lamas, pumas, and Andean condors • Small museum which showcases the park’s geology and stuffed animals
Otavalo • Small town about 100 km north of Quito. • Saturday mornings, natives display their goods in the Poncho Square • Sell carpets, blankets, belts, to many other accessories; created with the skill of their hands
El Cajas National Park Popular for fishing, hiking, and camping More than 275 lakes waterfalls
Amazon Rainforest • 2% of the Amazon Rainforest is located in Ecuador • 1/3 of its total species diversity • Days drive of Quito
Galapagos Islands • 13 Major Volcanic Islands • 500 miles off Ecuador’s westcoast • Home to the rarest and most spectacular animals, plants and fauna in the world • Snorkeling, sailing, scuba diving • Bird watching
Cuenca • Colonial town • Cobbled streets, ironwork balconies, red-tiled roofs • Churches, museums and art galleries Town Chapel Homes
New Cathedral • Situated in the heart of Cuenca • Sky blue curpolas • Magnificent altar • Famous crowned image of the Virgin Mary
Malecon 2000 • Lively boardwalk situated in Guayaquil • Along the Rio Guayas • Well-patrolled • Food stands, eateries, historical and modern buildings
Parque Historico Guayaquil • Newly built park • Contains century-old buildings • Nature Reserve and Zoo
Ingapirca Inca Ruins Large and impressive to see
Salinas • Most well known of Ecuador’s beaches • Beach-resort town • Whale watch, surf, sky-dive, hang-glide, jet ski, ski and yacht • Thermal baths not far away • Most expensive beach in Ecuador
Puerto Lopez • Salsa Clubs • Sunny beaches
Montanita • Highly recommended • Relax, surf, wall-climbing, paragliding
Great Party spot in Ecuador • Much drinking and celebration Atacames
Mompiche • Popular among backpackers and surfers • Big waves • Black sand • Inexpensive lodging
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