Visit the highlands, with sights of extraordinary beauty, cities
and picturesque villas, white colonial churches and multicolor Indian
the north area of the highlands we can visit the province of Imbabura,
whose main characteristic is its beautiful lakes, indian markets
like the Otavalo market with its famous weavers. Visit the "plaza
of the ponchos" a touristic hotspot where you can acquire embroidered
blouses, hand made purses and sandals.
Cotacachi has an important leather industry and is also known as
the musical capital of Ecuador because of the great popular interest.
The San Pablo Lake is a place where the practice of water sports
like sailing is common, here handicrafts are made with "totora"
the capital of Ecuador, was declared Cultural Heritage of Humankind
in 1979 because of its colonial churches, narrow streets full of
history and the works of art of the "Escuela Quiteña" (Quito
art school). Close by to Quito is the monument to the "middle of
the world" very visited by the tourists.
You can enjoy the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" observing or climbing
the Ilinizas, the Cotopaxi, the Altar, or the Chimborazo, or if
you prefer to visit the Indian markets of Saquisilí, where
indigenous communities commercialize a wide variety of agricultural
produce and bovine live-stock.
Further south, is Ambato, famous for its annual celebration of the
flowers and fruits. Baños is right under the active volcano
Tungurahua, famous for its mineral and medicinal waters of curative
The city of Cuenca was declared in 1999 Cultural Heritage of
the World, its a city full of color and contrasts, here we will
find incomparable plazas and monasteries. the jewelry is one of
the distinctive handcrafts of Cuenca.
Very close are the ruins of Ingapirca, main archaeological complex
of Ecuador and the second in its type in South America. It was an
Inca temple where the stones are precisely united without any mortar.