Avenue of the Volcanoes, the Andes, Ecuador


The Andes in Ecuador consist of a long, narrow plateau running north-south bordered by two mountain chains containing numerous high volcanoes. To the west, in the geologically recent and relatively low Cordillera Occidental, stands a line of 19 volcanoes, 7 of them over 15,000 feet in elevation. The eastern border is the higher and older Cordillera Central, capped by 20 volcanoes, some with permanent snowcaps. Lava flows from these volcanoes have divided the central plateau into 10 major basins strung in beadlike fashion between the two cordilleras. These basins and their adjacent slopes, which are intensively cultivated, contain roughly half of Ecuador's population.     [- Encyclopedia Britannica, 2004]

Below are scenes from the towns of Latacunga, Pujili, Zimbahua, Tigua, Laguna Quilotoa, Saquisili, Riobamba, and Alausi:

Local man

Mother & child

Mother & child

Elderly man


Local boys


Woman with children


Highland women


Women in Pujili


Traditional dwelling


Andes landscape


Andes landscape


Laguna Quilotoa - crater lake


Quilotoa artist with child


Boy with Llamas


Local market ...


... ropes in travelers


Mother & child

In Saquisili

Woman in Saquisili


Woman in Saquisili


Spinning a yarn


Animal market, Saquisili

Animal market, Saquisili

Packing pigs

Animal market, Saquisili

Oferta?

Animal market, Saquisili

Brand new acquisition

Animal market, Saquisili

Amorous couple

In Saquisili

Nariz del Diablo train


Alausí


Local boy

 



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