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Quito, capital of Ecuador, is the perfect base to start exploring the natural and cultural charms of the four regions that are part of this beautiful country: Sierra, Costa, Amazon and Galapagos.

The Sierra region is crossed by the eastern and western ranges of the Andes where volcanoes lie to 6310m, with permanent snow and glaciers millennia old. In the Avenue of the Volcanoes have their seat beautiful valleys, cities, towns and communities with rich and varied ancient cultures, moors, and subtropical rainforests, lagoons, waterfalls and rivers. Thus, for example, an hour and a half from Quito you can visit Andean communities, such as the market in Otavalo, where handicrafts, culture and folklore of the native peoples of our history, have gained worldwide prestige.

Another interesting alternative is a visit to the Mindo-Nambillo forest reserve in the northwest of the province of Pichincha. This area still has significant reserves of primary and secondary forests. It is exceptionally rich in natural resources including flora and fauna, including a variety of species considered vital for the development of ecotourism such as birdwatching. The cloud forest is also a tourist attraction for its singular beauty and the extraordinary biodiversity that it houses, particularly birds, a variety of vascular plants, waterfalls, and rivers.

About 67 Kms Hostal El Arupo in the opposite direction, and an hour and a half away, are the Termas de Papallacta, famous for thermal waters of volcanic origin from the colossal volcano Antisana. It is an ideal place for relaxation and healthy living, to enjoy beautiful natural scenery, hike the trails, and admire the variety and beauty of its flora and fauna.

Two hours from Hostal El Arupo is one of the most beautiful and most active volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi. It is topped with a majestic glacier with an almost perfect cone that reaches to a height of 5,897 meters. The base of the volcano is about 20 km around and its crater has a diameter of 800 meters. The impressive volcanic landscape suggests many large eruptions have occurred in the past. You can find a large area of pine forests and mountain wilderness grasslands, and alpine tundra. From its glaciers, flow several rivers and streams that are the source of drinking water for human consumption and irrigation for agricultural activities of the towns and cities of Quito, Latacunga, Machachi and part of the eastern region.

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