In August, Ecuador offers many possibilities for visitors. The Galapagos Islands are a must-see destination, offering exceptional diving conditions for exploring the archipelago’s unique underwater wonders. Quito, the capital, offers a rich history and magnificent colonial architecture, with its old town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Iconic volcanoes such as Cotopaxi and Chimborazo and national parks such as Yasuni and Cajas offer opportunities for hiking, trekking, and birdwatching. Indigenous markets, such as Otavalo, offer a chance to discover Ecuadorian culture and buy handicrafts. The Amazon region, meanwhile, offers an immersion in nature, with ecological lodges and excursions to observe exotic flora and fauna.
On August 10, the city of Quito celebrates its founding with parades, concerts, fireworks, and cultural events. It’s a chance to celebrate the history and cultural richness of Ecuador’s capital.
The Fruit and Flower Festival takes place in Ambato during the second week of August. It showcases the region’s floral and fruit diversity through parades, exhibitions, competitions, and tastings.
From August 17 to 20, thousands of pilgrims flock to Loja to venerate the Virgen del Cisne (Virgin of the Swan). The faithful take part in processions, masses, and prayers dedicated to the Virgin, considered Ecuador’s patron saint.
The Mitad del Mundo, which means “Middle of the World” in Spanish, is an emblematic site. It marks the approximate location of the equatorial line, where the Earth is divided into the northern and southern hemispheres.
The site includes an imposing monument representing a giant sphere, symbolising the Earth, with a line drawn on the ground to mark the equatorial line. It’s a popular spot for tourists who come to have their photo taken with a foot in each hemisphere.
In addition to the monument, there’s also a museum showcasing the culture and traditions of Ecuador’s different regions. Here you can discover exhibits on indigenous peoples, the history of measuring the equatorial line, and interactive experiences linked to the physics of the equator.
La Mitad del Mundo is a must-see tourist attraction for visitors to Ecuador. It’s a unique experience to stand astride the equatorial line and experience the scientific curiosity that surrounds this place. What’s more, the site offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and allows visitors to learn more about Ecuadorian culture.
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