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News from Quito, Ecuador

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News from Quito, Ecuador

News From Quito, Ecuador 2013: QUITO POSITIONS ITSELF AS A LEADING TOURISM DESTINATION The city of Quito is strengthening its position as a premier tourism destination and 2013 has provided a clear stage of the destination to continue its path. The NEW International Airport Mariscal Sucre was officially opened on February 20th 2013. It has the longest runway of any capital city in South America (4,098 m / 13,444 ft long). Furthermore, the business area “Quito Airport Center” was inaugurated in November and will provide a new and varied range...

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New Revamped Ecuador International Airport

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New Revamped Ecuador International Airport

Quito Gets a New Airport   New York – February 19, 2013 – Ecuador’s Civil Aviation Authority has announced that Quito’s new international airport, will begin operations on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. All operations at Quito’s current airport, which operates under the same name, will cease on February 19th at 7:00 PM and will resume at the new location on Wednesday February 20th at 9:00 AM (-5:00 GMT) Built over an area of 172,222,567 sq. ft east of Quito in the Tababela valley, the new airport is located 23 miles from the city...

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Quito a candidate for New World’s 7 Wonders Cities

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Quito a candidate for New World’s 7 Wonders Cities

The City of Quito has made it to the second round of the New “7 Wonders of the World Cities” competition and is now part of 303 cities that were selected from an initial 1,200  list. Whether you have visited recently or in the past, Quito has plenty of reasons to be one the New 7 Wonders Cities! Quito shines for many reasons: Quito’s Historic Center, the largest and best preserved in the Americas, is an exquisite receptacle of culture and art. UNESCO named it a “gem of human creative genius” for its magnificent monumental architecture and...

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Ferrocarriles del Ecuador, Ecuador’s Train unveils two routes

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Ferrocarriles del Ecuador, Ecuador’s Train unveils two routes

Ferrocarriles del Ecuador now offers new routes from Riobamba for its passangers. Tren del Hielo will go from Riobamba to Urbina and Senderos de los Ancestros, will travel from Riobamba to Colta. Tren de Hielo route  passes by  the majestic Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest volcano. The train’s ample windows allow visitors to take in breathtaking scenery including the Altar, Tungurahua and Carihuayrazo peaks. Upon arriving to Urbina, visitors can head to the Eco-Center where agricultural activities are available. The train also offers traditional...

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LAN Airlines’ Biannual ‘Big Deal’ Sale to South America

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LAN Airlines’ Biannual ‘Big Deal’ Sale to South America

(MIAMI, FL – May 31, 2012) – LAN Airlines, South America’s premier air carrier, and its affiliates are excited to announce the mid-year ‘big deal’ sale! Plan an adventure to one of South America’s most sought after destinations and take advantage of some of LAN’s lowest prices yet. Savings this big only happen twice a year, so book now for an unforgettable travel experience that can be found only in South America and only with LAN.   Passengers who book now and fly later will enjoy savings to Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil,...

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LAN Airlines Offers Spring Specials to South America

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LAN Airlines Offers Spring Specials to South America

(MIAMI, FL, March 2012) – LAN Airlines, South America’s premier carrier, and its affiliates invite passengers to celebrate the arrival of springtime by booking a trip to South America. Savvy travelers can get a head start on planning a summer getaway this year by taking advantage of LAN Airlines and its affiliates’ low fares on travel taking place from March 15 to June 15. Passengers can book now through March 12. “We are excited to offer these incredible fares to our travelers. With prices as low as these, this spring is the perfect time to...

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LAN Airlines Announces the Biggest Deal of the Year

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LAN Airlines Announces the Biggest Deal of the Year

 (MIAMI, November 28, 2011) – LAN Airlines, South America´s premier air carrier, and its affiliates announce the biggest deal of the year! Passengers looking to travel to South America next year can book now through December 12, 2011 and enjoy savings on trips to Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.   “LAN is making a big deal about South America this year! With prices this low to destinations this exciting, there’s no time like now to book a trip to South America,” said Pablo Chiozza, LAN Airlines’ Vice...

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10 New Extreme Adventures from Abercrombie & Kent

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10 New Extreme Adventures from Abercrombie & Kent

(DOWNERS GROVE, IL – October 17, 2011) — There is adventure travel, and then there are the adventures of a lifetime. Abercrombie & Kent seamlessly orchestrates unforgettable journeys in the world’s most challenging environments. Among the exciting new Extreme Adventures for 2012 are treks up Mount Kilimanjaro and to Everest Base Camp, ideal for seasoned hikers seeking a more rigorous climb. These new routes feature steeper terrain with greater changes in altitude each day compared to other Extreme Adventure treks to the same...

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Casa Gangotena: Quito’s Newest Boutique Hotel

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Casa Gangotena: Quito’s Newest Boutique Hotel

There will soon be a new address for spirited travelers to experience the beauty and history of Old Town Quito, Ecuador: Casa Gangotena. Situated in a newly restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco, the three-story boutique hotel harbors 31 suites, each a showcase of eye-catching style, contemporary design, modern technologies and quintessential comforts to impress the most discerning guests. The hotel will begin welcoming travelers to the Ecuadorian capital beginning in September 2011. Casa Gangotena resides in a choice spot...

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Quito Named 2011 Culture Capital Of The Americas

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Quito Named 2011 Culture Capital Of The Americas

QUITO, Ecuador, April 15 –The capital of Ecuador has been named the 2011 American Capital of Culture and has scheduled a full slate of concerts, festivals, fairs and events through December. Quito is a living jewel with its 320-acre historic center full of 130 monuments and 5,000 heritage properties.  Founded in the 16th century and built on the ruins of an ancient Inca city, Quito sits at over 9,000 feet surrounded by towering Andean volcanoes.  Throughout 2011, its historic theatres, cultural centers, plazas and patios will host...

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The Colonial Jewel of the South, Cuenca, Ecuador

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Sitting on the small rectangular balcony outside my room at the Hotel Milan, I look down on the cobblestone streets of the city of Cuenca. Traveling alone is liberating. I have just arrived to explore the Ecuadorian city I will be living and teaching in for the next three months. I have been hired as an English teacher at The Center for Inter-American Studies. I leave the hotel and wander into 10 de Agosto, the main food market. I am not that tall, but seem to tower over the local people. Booths containing colorful fruits and vegetables...

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Buen Provecho Ecuador

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Meals in Ecuador often consist of set menus known as almuerzos (al-mur-zoes) lunches and meriendas (merry-en-das) dinners, which usually consist of a soup, main course (usually meat) and a dessert. These usually cost just one or two dollars. Soups are without doubt Ecuador’s specialty. They are always hearty, usually including vegetables, potatoes and a small amount of meat or fish. Soups vary as much by region as the person who prepares them and, like soups across the world, can be made up on the spot as a suitable use for leftover...

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The Center of the Earth, Quito

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Standing 20KM north of Quito the Mitad del Mundo is a thirty-meter tall, stone clad monument, topped by a 4.5-meter diameter globe weighing five tonnes. A white line, representing the Equator line runs through the monument and dissects its East and West face. A sign on the line proudly announces “Equator: Latitude 0’0’0′” Finding the exact equator was the subject of many studies, the most notable of which was carried out by Frenchman Charles Marie de La Condamine in 1735. As well as establishing the equator line...

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Lonesome George- the World’s Rarest Animal

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The fragility of the natural world in Ecuador (and around the world) can be summed up in just one word: George! George, or Lonesome George as he is more commonly known has come to be an unwitting star in the Galapagos Islands as a symbol for conservationists and naturalists the world over. Lonesome George is a Giant Tortoise from the small island of Pinta in the north of the archipelago. Found by explorers in 1971 He was alone on the island and has since been classified as the sole survivor of the Pinta tortoise (Geochelone elephantopus...

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Experiencing the Mountain Pass in Ecuador

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At 10,000 feet, the air is perceptively thin in the Ecuadorean capital of Quito. Travelers puff and gasp the first few days of their visit. Stone steps and sidewalks seem steeper; footsteps tread slower. This ancient, beautiful city is home to over 2 million residents. It fills the valley at the foot of 15,710 foot high Rucu Pichincha with thousands of single-story simple homes that creep halfway up its green slopes. At the city center is the international airport, laid out on a dried-up lakebed. It was the rainy season in Quito, a city whose...

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