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This is Ecuador - March 2010
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    www.thisisecuador.com www.thisisecuador.com MARCH 2010 FREE COPY

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    Welcome to Ecuador 3 Land Distances 6 Road Map 7 General Travel Information 8 Handmade in Ecuador 10 Native Cultures 14 Map 15 National Protected Areas 16 Map 17 Thermals & Spas 20 Galapagos General information 21 Map 23 Galapagos News 29 Premium Services 30 This Month?s Novelty 34 Costa General information 36 Guayaquil 38 Culture & Entertainment 44 Recommended Books 45 Map 46 Premium Hotels 48 Restaurants 52 Ruta del Sol (Sun?s Route) 54 Map 55 Premium Hotels & Services 58 Andes General information 60 Premium Haciendas 61 Northern Andes 64 Map 65 Premium Services 67 CONTENTS Quito: World Heritage Site 68 Holy Week in Quito 77 Culture & Entertainment 78 Restaurants 80 Map 82 Premium Hotels 85 La Mariscal District: Premium Hotels 88 Shopping 90 Food 91 Premium Services 92 Ecuadorian Cuisine 94 Central Andes 96 Map 97 Premium Services 99 Southern Andes 100 Map 101 Cuenca 102 Restaurants 106 Premium Services 107 Map 108 Premium Hotels 110 Loja 112 Map 114 Premium Hotels 116 Amazona General information 117 Important tips and recomendations 118 Premium Lodges 119 A Birder?s Paradise 120 Comunity-based Tourism 121 Embassies & Consulates List 122 National Airlines 5, 51, 57

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    2 PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY GUSTAVO VALLEJO P. Director MARA DEL CARMEN NARANJO Sales Director (593 9) 970-0778 mnaranjo@thisisecuador.com CAROLINA VALLEJO Cover CRISTINA VALLEJO Editor BELEN MENA Design SOLUCIONES GRAFICAS D&G Layout IMPRENTA MARISCAL Printing This is Ecuador is protected by law as intellectual property. Registration No. 9, page 3422; February 25, 1969. Total or partial reproduction as well as the use of photographs must be authorized by Gustavo Vallejo Prez. Quito: Whymper 777 y 6 de Diciembre Phone: (593 2) 290-8200 / 255-2177 Guayaquil: Padre Aguirre 104 y Malecn Ed. Fortn 4to. Piso Phone: (593 9) 858-4053 info@thisisecuador.com www.exploringecuador.com www.thisisecuador.com www.thisisecuador.com MARCH 2010 FREE COPY This month?s cover Beach season is officially open! Ecuador boasts sunny beaches with warm water and multiple activities to enjoy: surfing, paragliding, snorkeling, diving, or simply relaxing and taking in the Equatorial sun. Ecuador?s amazing nature is in store to be enjoyed at every corner. Take advantage of this season to explore exuberant coastal ecosystems: mangroves, dry forests, tropical forests? all close to wonderful beaches and fine services. Also acquaint yourself with some of the oldest cultures of America that settled on the Ecuadorian Coast. For more information see pages 54- 59. This month?s holidays and festivities From March 28th thru April 4th, Ecuador will be celebrating Holy Week, as has been for centuries. The Catholic community, as the religious majority in Ecuador, will continue traditional celebrations as a demonstration of profound faith. For more information see page 77. Editor?s Note This is Ecuador is a complimentary guide. It should not be sold by any means. All of the tourist sites that appear on this magazine have been visited by our editors. Moreover, our commercial staff has previously evaluated the tourist services that appear on our publication. If any of these services does not meet your expectations, please let us know. Read our entire guide at www.thisisecuador.com. You can learn about our wonderful country and book premium services through our e-guide. Comments/suggestions: info@thisisecuador.com Phone number in Quito: (593 2) 290- 8200 We appreciate your opinion.

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    Ecuador has the biggest biodiversity per area in the world! In a study by Conservation International, Ecuador ranked among the 17 ?mega diverse? countries, alongside the United States, China, Australia, Brazil and Mexico. With 9.2 species per km 2 , it occupies the first place in the world with regards to species per area. The richness of Ecuador lies in its DIVERSITY, both natural and cultural. Ecuador has 4 diverse and unique regions: the Amazon Rain forest, the highland Andes, the Coast, and the Galapagos Archipelago. These four regions are subdivided into provinces. Besides its exuberant biodiversity, Ecuador is home to an impressive variety of ethnic groups, including communities who still practice ancient cultural traditions (for more information see page 14). LOCATION: Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in America. It lies on both the Northern and the Southern Hemispheres and is divided by the Equator, thus the name of the country. It borders Colombia (North), Peru (South and East), and the Pacific Ocean (West). AREA: about 270.670 km 2 or 168.186 square miles. DISTANCE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH: 1.081 km or 672 miles. POPULATION: approximately 13 million. LANGUAGE: The first language is Spanish, however, most of the indigenous population speaks Quichua. There are 18 different languages among native communities. PROVINCES: - Galapagos - Coast: Esmeraldas, Manabi, Los Rios, Guayas, Santa Elena, El Oro. - Andes: Carchi, Imbabura, Pichincha, Santo Domingo de los Tschilas, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, Bolivar, Chimborazo, Caar, Azuay and Loja. - Amazonia: Sucumbios, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Morona Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe. NOTE: the Santa Elena province - previously part of Guayas- and Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas province -previously part of Pichincha- have been recently approved as such. They do not appear in our maps of this edition as the official borders have not yet been published. RELIGION: 95% Catholics CURRENCY: American Dollar. The Ecuadorian government has also produced a series of local coins that have the same value as the U.S. coins (which are also accepted). Banks open from 9h00 to 17h00 and on Saturdays only half day. Money exchange is offered every day in main hotels. GOVERNMENT: Democratic. Current President is Economist Rafael Correa Delgado. CLIMATE: The climate throughout the country ranges from tropical equatorial rain in the Amazon to perpetual snow on the top of the mountains. Cities in the highlands have temperatures that vary from 50F to 70F, while coastal cities? temperatures vary from 60F to 80F during the day. The weather in the jungle is constant: rainy, humid and warm. The Galapagos Islands are sunny and warm during the months of December-May; the temperature drops from June to November. WHAT TO WEAR: ? In Quito and the highlands the weather is very unpredictable. A common saying is that you can live the four seasons in one day: from intense sun to hail. One needs to look out the window before deciding what to wear each day. During June, July and August 3

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    4 the weather is more sunny but windy. During the rest of the year you would need warmer clothing like those you would wear during the fall. A raincoat or jacket would be useful all year long, since at night it gets pretty chilly. ? Guayaquil and other coastal cities: wear summer clothing all year round. During the rainy months, December to May, the weather is still very warm. During the months of June to November the weather is cloudy and a bit colder. Bring along a light jacket. ? Galapagos: wear comfortable walking shoes and casual clothing. Shorts, t-shirts and summer clothing will be just fine. Don?t forget a hat, a camera, sun block, and a bathing suit. During the months of June to November the weather is cloudy and a bit colder. Bring along a light jacket. ? Amazon or Jungle: wear clothing adequate for rain. If you can get yourself a raincoat (poncho), take it with you, as well as several sets of light pants and long sleeve shirts. Shorts are less useful because of the insects and abundant vegetation that you will walk through on your excursions. A hat, rubber boots and insect repellents are also a must. For pictures, you need high-speed film. AIRPORT TAX: $28,27 for anyone leaving the country from Guayaquil, and $40,80 from Quito. TOURIST VISA: Visitors can stay up to 90 days without a visa. TAXI RATES: Approximately $3 to $6 per ride from the airport to the city. These rates vary among the main cities. TRANSPORTATION: Main cities (Guayaquil, Quito and Cuenca) have local airports serviced by the local airlines: Tame, Aerogal, Icaro and Lan besides international airlines. Bus lines offer Land transportation where you can just jump on the next bus leaving to your destination. Each city has its own terminal, with frequent departure to each one of the different provinces Ecuador. (For more information see page 8). SUGGESTIONS FOR A PLEASANT STAY While the authorities are clearly making significant efforts, it?s necessary to take some precautions. We suggest some recommendations: ? Don?t walk at night in badly lit areas. ? Leave documentation and valuable things in your hotel room or in the safety deposit boxes. ? Carry your backpack at the front. Especially if you are carrying a photo camera. ? Whenever you sit on a coffee shop, restaurant, Internet, phone box or any open space, keep your things next to you. ? If you need travel information attend to an authorized center (institution). ? Be aware if someone comes suspiciously too close to you. ? Don?t allow any stranger to enter into your room. ? It?s recommended not to visit any plaza too late at night. ? If you travel on a bus, don?t receive any candy or papers from strangers. ? When you are at the airport, pay special attention to your belongings. ? Be careful any time you go to an ATM; it?s better if you go during the day. ? Don?t let strangers offer you accommodation. Consult a travel agency. MOUNTAIN CLIMBING ASEGUIM is the association of mountain climbing guides of Ecuador. We recommend that if you plan to do mountain climbing at any level, you contact them to access professional and certified guides. They also offer rescue operations. Phone: (02) 222-2954, cel 099 822 363, www.aseguim.org OFFICE OF TOURISM PUBLIC PROSECUTOR: The highest duty of the Ecuadorian Republic is to respect and support human and personal rights; they offer judicial safety to tourists who visit the country. It is cost free. Monday thru Friday from 8h00 to 12h00pm and from 14h00 to 18h00 Quito: 02 2905-053 Guayaquil: 04 2320-685 Cuenca: 07 2844-282 Galapagos, Santa Cruz Island: 05 2526-048 Loja: 07 2572-668 Puyo : 03 2883-767

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    ECUADORIAN DISTANCES (KM) www.budget-ec.com Travel through Ecuador with 6 CITY 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 1 Ambato - 269 220 406 40 306 338 390 288 99 440 251 47 511 701 230 99 382 404 231 385 369 101 224 290 136 52 380 451 205 180 376 575 2 Azogues 269 - 238 493 272 37 260 630 213 252 279 520 316 242 432 219 368 225 409 500 310 407 333 341 530 405 217 649 376 445 412 645 306 3 Babahoyo 220 238 - 322 237 275 130 392 83 121 278 455 267 440 427 427 313 218 281 435 180 248 298 103 292 340 182 584 246 207 377 580 504 4 Baha 406 493 322 - 446 530 248 392 280 381 533 455 385 895 682 842 313 471 120 435 364 86 513 291 292 340 464 584 308 207 586 580 759 5 Baos 40 272 237 446 - 309 335 430 288 116 445 291 87 514 704 190 139 383 444 271 385 409 61 264 330 176 55 420 451 245 140 416 516 6 Cuenca 306 37 275 530 309 - 297 667 250 289 242 557 353 205 395 231 405 188 448 537 347 444 370 378 567 442 254 686 413 482 449 882 289 7 Daule 388 260 130 248 336 297 - 425 47 251 300 488 313 455 449 479 346 238 157 488 131 155 396 138 325 373 280 617 197 240 475 613 519 8 Esmeraldas 390 630 392 392 430 667 425 - 472 489 670 433 343 832 819 620 291 608 442 413 556 407 491 289 100 318 442 562 622 185 497 558 896 9 Guayaquil 288 213 83 280 288 250 47 472 - 204 253 535 335 415 402 432 383 191 196 515 97 194 349 183 372 420 233 664 163 287 428 660 481 10 Guaranda 99 252 121 381 116 289 251 489 204 - 399 350 146 494 684 305 198 337 402 330 301 367 176 224 413 235 61 479 367 328 255 475 558 11 Huaquillas 440 279 278 533 445 242 300 670 253 399 - 693 489 233 195 473 51 73 449 673 350 447 506 391 570 578 390 822 416 485 585 818 297 12 Ibarra 251 520 455 455 291 557 488 433 535 350 693 - 204 762 952 479 152 633 505 20 632 470 350 352 333 115 303 192 685 248 271 125 826 13 Latacunga 47 316 267 365 87 353 313 343 335 146 489 204 - 558 748 277 52 492 355 184 432 320 148 177 245 89 99 333 498 158 227 329 622 14 Loja 511 242 440 695 514 205 455 832 415 494 233 762 558 - 190 436 610 235 611 742 512 609 519 543 732 647 459 891 578 847 598 887 84 15 Macar 701 432 427 682 704 395 449 819 402 684 195 952 748 190 - 626 800 222 598 932 499 596 709 530 719 837 649 1081 565 634 788 1077 254 16 Macas 230 219 427 642 190 231 479 620 432 305 473 479 277 436 626 - 329 419 628 459 529 626 129 454 520 366 245 608 595 435 208 604 326 17 Machachi 99 368 313 313 139 405 346 291 393 198 541 152 52 610 800 329 - 481 363 132 480 328 200 210 191 37 151 281 546 106 215 277 674 18 Machala 382 225 216 471 383 188 238 608 191 337 73 633 429 235 222 419 481 - 387 613 288 385 444 319 508 518 328 762 354 423 523 758 299 19 Manta 404 409 281 120 444 446 157 442 196 402 449 505 355 611 598 628 363 387 - 485 280 35 505 178 342 390 456 634 225 257 584 630 675 20 Otavalo 231 500 435 435 271 537 468 413 515 330 673 20 184 742 932 459 132 613 485 - 612 450 330 332 313 95 285 149 665 228 251 145 806 21 Playas 385 310 180 364 385 347 131 556 97 301 350 632 432 512 499 529 480 288 280 612 - 278 446 267 458 517 330 761 120 371 525 757 576 22 Portoviejo 369 407 246 86 409 444 155 407 194 367 447 470 320 609 596 626 328 385 35 450 278 - 470 143 307 355 427 599 222 222 549 595 673 23 Puyo 101 333 298 513 61 370 396 491 349 176 506 350 148 519 709 129 200 444 505 330 446 470 - 325 391 237 116 479 512 306 79 475 455 24 Quevedo 224 341 103 219 264 378 136 289 183 224 381 352 177 543 530 454 210 319 178 332 267 143 325 - 189 237 276 481 333 104 404 477 607 25 Quinind 290 530 292 292 330 567 325 100 372 413 570 333 243 732 719 520 191 508 342 313 458 307 391 189 - 218 342 462 522 85 397 458 796 26 Quito 136 405 304 340 176 442 373 318 420 235 578 115 89 647 837 366 37 518 390 95 517 355 237 237 218 - 188 244 570 133 186 240 711 27 R iobamba 52 217 182 464 55 254 280 442 233 61 390 303 99 459 649 245 151 328 456 283 330 427 116 276 342 188 - 432 398 257 195 428 523 28 Rumichaca 380 649 584 584 420 686 617 562 664 479 822 129 333 891 1081608 281 762 634 149 761 599 479 481 462 244 432 - 814 377 400 4 955 29 Salinas 451 376 246 308 451 413 197 622 163 367 416 685 498 578 565 595 546 354 225 665 120 222 512 333 522 570 396 814 - 437 591 810 642 30 Sto.Domin 205 445 207 207 245 482 240 185 287 328 485 248 158 647 634 435 106 423 257 228 371 222 306 104 85 133 257 377 437 - 312 373 711 31 Tena 180 412 377 586 140 449 475 497 428 255 585 271 227 598 788 208 215 523 584 251 525 549 79 404 397 186 195 400 591 312 - 396 534 32 Tulcn 376 645 580 580 416 682 613 558 660 475 818 125 329 887 1077604 277 758 630 145 757 595 475 477 458 240 428 4 810 373 396 - 951 33 Zamora 575 306 504 759 516 269 519 896 481 558 297 826 622 84 254 326 674 299 675 806 576 875 455 607 796 711 523 955 642 711 534 951 -

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    ROAD MAP

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    8 Avis Rent a Car Quitumbe: Carceln: 299 3370 / 75 1-800 2376425 1-800 883-567 227-3686 1800-101075 330-0979 GENERAL TRAVEL INFORMATION 3905-060 398-8268 222-5315 2289-509 257-0884 251-7622/23/24 LOCAL AIRLINES 1800-101075 1800-101075 397-7100 1800-500800 INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES 230-3211 1800-101075 397-0370 259-8060 LAND TRANSPORTATION 3988-200 3809-700 3961-600 3988-248 228-4214 227-1847 255-1839 214-0638 213-0265 CAR RENTALS USEFUL NUMBERS 284-5657 281-1450 1800-101075 1800-101075 286-2193 284-2970 1800-101075 2835-717 282-3060 286-0174 262-8918/262-8899 262-7363 262-0963 262-1857 / 258-2482 256-1628 283-2132 212-8138

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