August 2011 17th Edition - ECUADOR VIRTUAL MAGAZINE

August 2011 17th Edition - ECUADOR VIRTUAL MAGAZINE

Moors: Cradle of knowledge, beauty and inspiration.How to get to Puyo?Parque Nacional Llanganates is located in the centralzone of the country, in the provinces of Cotopaxi, Tungurahua,Napo and Pastaza. You can get there from Baños or Puyo.Parque Nacional Podocarpus situated in the provincesof Loja and Zamora Chinchipe, in the southeast of Ecuador.There are two main entrances: one at the Cajanuma in thehigh bio geographical zone. The other entrance is at the RioBombuscaro in the lower bio geographical zone.Parque Nacional Sangay is located in the provinces orMorona Santiago, Chimborazo and Tungurahua. The bestway is the road Baños-Riobamba that continues as CarreteraPanamericana, in the stretch Riobamba-Azogues. It is the mainway to the western sector of the park or high zone. The roadPuyo-Macas is the access for the eastern sector or lower zoneof the park.Reserva Ecológica Antisana is in Napo, province locatedabout 45km from Quito. You can get there from Quito or Tena,where agencies for guidance are available.

ECOLOGYReserva Ecológica El Ángel is inCarchi, province located in the northernof Ecuador. The best way is to takethe Carretera Panamericana in Quitoand go north until the city of El Angel(at the entrance there is a monumentrepresenting a clay ship), the turn leftand go through the towns of Libertadand San Francisco and drive until youget the reserve’s entrance.Reserva Ecológica CayambeCoca belongs to the provinces ofImbabura, Pichincha, Napo andSucumbios. The main entrance islocated 50 km from Quito.Reserva Ecológica CotacachiCayapas About 12 km fromCotacachi, this reserve spreads outbetween Imbabura and Esmeraldas.Starting from Lita you reach the northof the reserve driving trough the roadIbarra-San Lorenzo and a six our walk.Another route is to start at El Placer,northwest using the same way Ibarra-San Lorenzo and a three ours walk thatleads to the Rio Negro. From Ibarra itis possible to use the train to get to Litaor El Placer.Moors, enchanted treasure of the AndesParque Nacional El Cajas is in thesouth of Ecuador, province of Azuay,about 33km northwest from Cuenca.There is more information in the 10thedition of Ecuador Virtual Magazine

ECOLOGYLineage of beauty, fountain of lifeEl Parque Nacional llinizas belongs to the provinces ofCotopaxi and Pichincha, about 55km from Quito. The mainentrances are near Riobamba, Guaranda and Ambato.Reserva Geobotánica Pululahua Located 17km northfrom Quito, near Mitad del Mundo in Pichincha. You can easilycatch a bus from Quito in direction of Mitad del Mundo.Reserva de Producción Faunística ChimborazoLocated in Chimborazo, Bolivar and Tungurahua, stretchesover 58.569ha. You must get to Riobamba, 201 km southernof Quito, to get into this park.Refugio de Vida Silvestre Pasochoa is in the town ofUyumbicho, district of Mejia, 45km southeast from Quito.From Quito take a bus to Amaguaña in the La Marin (Quito).When arriving at Amaguaña you have two choices: go thecentral park and hire a car until the reserve or continue withthe bus until the neighborhood El Ejido, 1 km away. Then walk6 km until the reserve.Parque El Cóndor in Imbabura, near the city of Otavalo, justone our and a half away from Quito, in the south of Otavalo,following the Carretera Panamerica and passing lake SanPablo, there is the Eugenio Espejo community. From thereyou will find street signs that lead you to the park.

ECOLOGYPachamama (Mother Earth)of whose interiors sprout thewonders of lifeStunning places open for theworld to see great valleys withwetlands, you can only find inthe northern Andes


COASTBaby whales are easy to spot between augustand September.HUNCHBACKED WHALES

COASTLess deep waters are preferredby mothers and babies becausethey are safer for the specie.HUNCHBACKED WHALES


In Ecuador there are manyplaces perfect for whalewatching. The most commonplaces are Sua (Esmeraldas),Puerto Lopez and Puerto Cayo(Manabi) and Salinas (SantaElena).Tortuguita beach.


COASTLos Frailes.

ROUTESOF SUMMER 2011ROUTE PARQUE NACIONAL CAYAMBE-COCA-PAPALLACTADEPARTUREDATESundays August 7, 14, 21 28This route is for lovers of nature and the Andean paramowho like hiking and support the conservation ofwater for Quito.Level of difficulty: mediumTime6:307:009:009:3011:3012:0013:3015:0017:00PlaceRegistration of participants, Museo Mindalae (Reina Victoria and LaNina corner)Departure to PapallactaArrive to centro de interpretación Ambiental el “Exploratorio”, en Papallacta.Arrive to Parque Nacional Cayambe-Coca “sector Baños”Return to the guardianship of the ParkArrive to complejo Turístico de Santa Catalina (Papallacta)Bathing in hot springsLunch at Santa Catalina (2 options: chicken or trout)Return to QuitoArrive to Parque Gabriela MistralRecommendations:Wear hiking food (sandwiches, dried fruit, brown sugar, sports drinks)Wear comfortable shoes, sweater, raincoat or rain ponchoWool hat and glovesWarm clothes and we will reach a height of 3,900 mRespect the surrounding environment (no littering)Bring sunscreenSwimsuit for the hot springs of Santa Catalina managed by the Vestry.July and August are vacation months in the E-cuadorian AndesThere are many options to enjoy nature: beach,forest, islands, mountains, etc.There are also many cultural offerings in thecity like museum, concerts, exhibitions, etc.We propose some routes summer Quito Turismohas prepared for this monthCost USD. 14.00, includes: Tourist Transportation, naturalist guide local,National Park entrance Cayambe-Coca, Entrance to the Santa CatalinaSpa Lunch. Not included: Breakfast or lunch walk

ANDESROUTE CENTRO HISTÓRICODeparture DatesSaturdays August6,13,20,27The historic center of Quito It is a journey to participatewith friends and family and enjoy of an importantnatural lookouts for their heritage and cultural value.Level of difficulty: LowTme9:4010:0010:2010:3011:0011:20Plaza San FranciscoExplanation of facade and Quito legendsVisit Museo del AlabadoPlaceTransfer by bus to Parque ItchimbiaArrive at Parque Itchimbiaexplanation by expert guides13:0013:15Lunch organized by the community La TolaVisit La Ronda streetArrive at La Ronda Street and explanation of this spaceRecomendaciones:Wear comfortable shoesCamera (Inside the museum you can not take photos)Respect the surrounding environment (no littering)Children of any age (under the care of their parents or relatives)Cost: USD 6.00, includes: Specialized guide, Transportation, Admissionto the Alabado Museum, lunch prepared by the community of Tola inthe Parque Itchimbia

ANDESROUTE BOSQUE DE MIRAFLORES-TELEFÉRICODEPARTUREDATEAugust 7, 14, 21,28It is a journey to participate with friends and family,ideal for people who love nature and want to disconnectfrom the city noiseLevel of difficulty: MediumTime7:308:008:308:4512:0012:3013:00PlaceRegistration of participants, Museo Mindalae (Queen Victoria and laNiña corner)Departure to Bosque MirafloresArrive to Bosque de MirafloresTalk Security by GuideStart WalkingTravel and explanation of the Flora and Fauna of Páramos Andinosby specialized guidesArrive at 4050 m TelefericoRest and cucayo (snack) by each participantDescend by TelefericoReturn to starting pointRecommendations:Wear comfortable shoes and waterproof jacketCameraRespect the surrounding environment (no littering)Warm clothes and we will reach a height of 4,050 msunscreenhiking food (sandwiches, dried fruit, brown sugar, sports drinks)Wool hat and glovesCost: USD 5.00 includes: Specialized Mountain Guide, Transportation,Drop in the Cable Car, NOT INCLUDED: Food

ANDESROUTE NANEGAL - CASCADA LA PIRAGUADeparture date: August 6, 13, 20,27Time6:407:008:3012:0012:3013:3015:0016:0017:30Visit the Piragua waterfalland enjoy the warm climate of our peopleLevel of difficulty: lowPlaceRegistration of participants, Mindalae Museum (Reina Victoria andLa Nina corner)Output direction Nanegal ParishArrive at the waterfall of La Pirogue (Nanegal)-free activities, swim in the waterfall, hiking, observing flora andfauna), the community will offer and sale local foodDeparture from the waterfall.Arrival at the fish farm of the Consejo Provincial-tour and explanation of the process of raising tilapiaLunch at the Lodge House Rumisitama.Recorrido por el lugarReturn to Quito.Arrive to QuitoRecommendations:Wear comfortable shoes, sweater, raincoat or waterproof suitCamera / CamcorderRespect the surrounding environment (no littering)Levar hydration cucayo walk (sandwiches, fruit, candy or panela)Bring sunscreenSwimsuitCost USD. 10.00 Includes: Transportation Tour Guide (MetropolitanPolice) Nanegalito Lunch, Entrance to the waterfall of the canoe.Not included: Breakfast or Snack in the cascade of the canoe (there aresales by the community)

ANDESROUTE LLOA - GUAGUA PICHINCHADeparture dates: August 7, 14, 21, 28It is a classic mountain route of 4,630 m,Level of difficulty: mediumTime6:407:008:009:309:4511:3011:4012:1012:3013:4014:4015:3016:45PlaceRegistration of participants, Museo Mindalae (Reina Victoria and La Ninacorner)Departure LloaArrive to parque central de Lloa.Rise in ecological community tractor and came to the plains.cucayo-division of each of the participants.-organization of the group of participants.-safety tips.Start the walk ascent to RefugeArrival at the shelter 4.500m.s.n.mAscent to the Cross of the Walkers.Cruz Summit of the Walkers 4.630m.s.n.mDescend to the PlanadaWe started down the Green TractorArrive tol parque central de Lloa.-LunchReturn to Quito.Arrive Museo MindalaeRecommendations:Wear comfortable shoes, raincoat or waterproof suit jacket 3 / 4, wool hat,wool glovesCamera / CamcorderRespect the surrounding environment (no littering)Bring hydration, snack walk (sandwiches, fruit, candy or panela)Bring sunscreenCost: USD. 12.00, includes: Tourist Transport (Parque Gabriela Mistral,Gabriela Mistral Lloa-Park), Mountain Guide, Tractor Ecological Range(Central Park-plan Lloa Guagua-Central Park), Cucayo (by the Community),Lunch (on the Community). Not included: Beverages Moisturizers,Food Walking

ANDESROUTE EL TINGO – CRUZ DEL ILALÓDeparture Dates: Saturdays August 6,13,20,27This route is ideal to take the fieldLevel of difficulty: LowTime7:408:008:459:0012:0012:3014:0014:2015:3016:30PlaceParticipants registration Museo Mindalae (Reina Victoria y la Niñacorner)Exit to TingoArrive at the parking San Pablo del Tingo- organization of theparticipants group-safety tips.Start the walkArrive to ILALO 3.091 msnm-Rest of Participants-Explanation of the EnvironmentStart of descentArrive at the parking San Pablo del TingoTipical LunchReturn to QuitoArrive to Museo MindalaeRecommendations:Wear comfortable shoes, raincoat or waterproof suit jacket 3 / 4, wool hat,wool glovesCamera / CamcorderRespect the surrounding environment (no littering)Bring hydration, hiking food (sandwiches, fruit, candy or panela)Bring sunscreenCost USD. 7.00 Not included: Tourist Travel, Mountain Guide (MetropolitanPolice), a typical local lunch

THE FIGUREWhat is life for you?Well, I would have too many answers, life is the fundamentalrole of every single story: every novel, every movie, every storyhas a start, a middle and an end, and that’s exactly the factwhich makes life human. Is something rapid based on the factthat you appear without entitlement, as a gift from the world.Kind of: as if you would appear in a scenario where you willhave to live on, that you know is precarious, that you know thatsooner or later it will end. There are some facts that stay withus forever: you are born, you’ll grow up, you’ll desire, you’llhate, you’ll wish, you’ll have likes and dislikes, and finally youwill be afraid of dying. I can tell you that my biggest phobia isthinking about death and all the ceremonies that involve it. So,I try not to go to cemeteries, I’m not a big fan of those.Abdón UbidiaEcuadorian writerAbdon Ubidia, an Ecuadorian writer with a long trajectory, heis considered perhaps, the biggest international characterwithin his generation. He has accomplished for himself andfor Ecuador many recognitions. Abdon is an unassuming manwho lives life with intensity. A square in Quito was the placechosen by Abdon for this interview. We invite our readers toget to know a little bit more about this extraordinary humanbeing and talented writer.Does Abdon Ubidia have numerous friends?Yes, I think I have too many friends, but I don’t know if theyare true friends, I’d rather say I know many people. When yougrow older, your circle of friends grows as well and, sometimesalso people who are not your friends. But I can say that I liketo be surrounded by people and, that I have somewhat of adouble essence: when I am alone, all of the sudden, I wishI had somebody by my side, and when I am surrounded bymany friends, I wish I could be alone; this is a personality traitI can’t get rid of.As far as my work is concerned; I just finished writing a bookcalled: “La Aventura Amorosa”, which makes a reference,among other things, to that double spell called passion andromantic love; when two people think that they are ‘one’, whenthey think that their love is going to last forever, and it doesnot always work out that way because love turns into otherforms such as deeply caring of someone, complicity, the needto survive with someone else and the fear of being alone. That

THE FIGUREneed of certainty, as if we were animals,doing what needs to be done: havingshelter, defending each other in front ofsickness, or outside threats or uncertainty,and also celebrate the riches that life hasto offer.Do you have enemies?Well, I must say that I may have. Perhaps Ihave clashed with people who do not thinkas I do; I have a very clear point of viewabout politics, I am a leftist. I believe that aleftist should defend the social equity andalso respect the way others live based on their likes andpreferences.What do politics mean to you?It means the possibility of continuing with the originalGreek idea about the possibility of discussion betweenevery single habitant of a city or country in order to findout the best ways to rule. I believe that politics is currentlyat its prehistoric level. Even though there has been socialrearranging and revolutions, we still haven’t found a wayto get to the core of what is inside of every human being.Citing the title of Hemingway’s beautiful story, The Big Two-Hearted River, I think that the human being has two hearts:a lonely one, completely egotistical, predator, and a secondone completely opposite to that, a giving heart, a heartwhich searches human company and respect. There hasnever been a society in which we can find the two humanpossibilities because sometimes you have to sacrifice theindividual thinking in order for you to get the group thinking;or viceversa, and not always it ends well.If we see your life in backwards, how can wedescribe it?I remember that famous quote “a pessimist is an experiencedoptimist”. I can’t consider myself as a complete pessimist,because the optimist part in me allures me all the time. Withoutbeing too careful I can define myself as a “pessimist with hopes”sometimes hope has won against pessimism, and I believe ina hint of optimism within pessimism. It wouldn’t make sensethe desperately try to amass monetary wealth but at the sametime it doesn’t make any sense to put ourselves on that ratrace mode either. I have the hope that one day we will cometo accept our own limitations and the same of which life triesto sever ties with.In the past, a letter sent took three months, three weeks,or three days to be delivered. Now we lose it even when,an email takes three milliseconds to arrive, and we say“this computer is so slow”, and we do not realize that weare accelerating the life to a point where we become acasualty of an indifferent world in which the strive forproductiveness imposes a stressful and unneeded velocity.We run nowhere, way too fast.If Abdon Ubidia would give motivational classeswho would he rather give them to: kids, youngpeople or adults?Somehow I do give motivational classes, and those are theliterary workshops I do since long time ago in different places. Iused to do them at “Editorial El Conejo”, and also I’ve impartedmany literary classes in the whole country. I don’t discriminatebased on age.I always tell the attendees: your way to do is your personal like;the originality resides in enjoying the things we like and to avoidthe things we dislike. I honestly believe that if you cultivate thatprinciple you can write whatever you want.

THE FIGUREIf Abdon Ubdia wouldn’t be awriter, what would he be?Certainly not an adventurer. When Iwas a kid I wanted to be an inventor,and throughout all my life I’ve tried toinvent things, and I have a series ofbooks science fiction related namedFuninventions, a single word basedon fun and invention, so I would say Iwould be an inventor, I have no doubtabout it.What is a good book for AbdonUbidia?A good book is the one which makesus shudder, that haunts us, the onethat gives us big truths like whiplashesthat touches our lives.What is a good meal?I love life, I like the world, as of nowwe are enjoying a beautiful summermorning with fresh air and brightsunny light, with that I can be happy,and it would be even better to enjoyof a good meal, I like almost everytype of food: Japanese, Chinese, andEcuadorian food. Ruby, my wife, is agreat cook and besides from being atalented artist she writes cookbooks.What is Ruby Larrea to Abdon Ubidia?Is my soulmate. I always say that the only defect that she has inher life is me.If you could change 3 things in Ecuador, what wouldyou change?In Ecuador there are lots of things to change, first of all the culturalelements of our city, there is disdain against plants, trees, wedon’t put flowers on our balconies, that’s something we need tochange immediately because is a premise: if you take care of theflower from your balcony, it means thatIn the taste of food there isan inevitable condiment:the memory and thememories: a dish servedwith love from your mother,from your grandmotherwill always taste betterthan any other dish cookedon a five star restaurant.I also know that foodand cooking consists ofconstant learning andwhere a new taste is alwaysa good taste, but theywill never be as good asthe loving memory andmemories as the mainyou are going to take care of motherearth as well. Small things are alwaysa mirror for bigger things.We would have to shift our focus fromexcessiveness in grandeur and greed.From my standpoint it is as detrimentalas the extreme poorness.Another thing would be, to go back tothe previous conception of family sinceit has changed so much; just take alook at the migrations: three million ofEcuadorians live outside of the country,they have left their families, sometimeswithout a father or a mother, kids underthe guidance of a grandmother or anuncle/aunt, it is non sense. A morecomprehensive society less classist and racist would be betterfor our country.

THE FIGUREWhat is Abdon Ubidia’ssource of inspiration forwriting?That’s a mystery and remainswithin. All of the sudden aleaf falls into a floor made ofstone; that might be a reasonfor me to create a story whichreminds me of some story I’veexperienced before. Somewriters based their work onimagery and that’s it, likeCortazar. I, instead, base mywork on ideas and I foundthem walking around. All ofa sudden some news, an accident, or a girl who walks bywakes up an emotion on me, or a quote from a friend; anemotion that turns to be the best ever written text. Of courseit doesn’t stop there. After that I know I have to work a lot.All the ideas are born from emotions. There is a close bondbetween imagination and emotion.How were Abdon Ubidia’s parents?They were the best couple I’ve ever known, they had along and healthy marriage, my father lived his last yearshemiplegic, but, even on that condition, he was always kindto my mother; if she offered him something, he used to askher to try it first, as a loving gesture to her. I haven’t seena love as pure as theirs, I believe that I haven’t seen thatsame kindness in other marriages surrendered by the jadedmodern times.If you received a call from the president of EcuadorRafael Correa, and he asks you to have a cup ofcoffee with him, what would you say?That happened already once, I received a call from thePresidency and they asked me to represent Ecuador onthe book summit of Bogota, I couldn’t say no, because I didhave a message of peace to bring to Colombia, and I didhave something to say about the books on an event of suchmagnitude.A message from AbdonUbidia to the new writersThat they should not let the trendsguide their writing, that they shouldnot follow the momentarily trends.That sensation of acceleratingthe simple things which we spokeabout on this interview should becontrolled by e newcomers. Is notnecessary to either write that muchnor talk that fast, but to be honest.A writer needs to be in permanenttouch with his ghosts, desires,love, likes, dislikes, and I think thatis the perfect communication fromone to the others as to ourselves.

THE FIGUREWhere can we findinformation about yourworkshops?Through my website writer is judged by how clear is hiscommunication. Not just because youcan communicate with others throughthe written word, or simple images, butalso because through the emotions youcan connect the different elements thatusually escape away of everybody’slife, the conscious universe and theunconscious universe.

EsmeraldasEsmeraldas,the green province,celebrates its independence.well knownas the “Green Province”because of its floors,exuberant vegetation andagricultural production, wasdiscovered by Bartolome Ruizon September 21, 1526, andproclaimed its independencyon august 5, 1820, sothat’s why it is celebrating.We invite national andinternational tourists to sharethis celebration and enjoy thevariety of its attractions.The wonderful tropicalclimate with two well markedstations, a dry one that goessince June until the end ofDecember, and the followingone, the rainy station untilJune. The annual weathertemperature is around 26° C,and it lets people enjoy themost of its attractions.The province of Esmeraldas is locatedat Northwest of EcuadorTheir unique native food,with lots of secrets make

COASTthe taste so special and wellaccepted for everybodywho visits Esmeraldas.Their delicious dishes arebased on seafood, wildanimal’s meat, coconut,green plantain, yellowplantain, guanta andchillangua, ingredientsof famous dishes suchas: tapao, encocao,pusandao, ensumacao.Artisanal fishing port. Economicalactivity of 5000 people.Besides the variety ofceviches, fried fish withrice and patacones,seafood soup, catfishsoup, rice with shrimp,rice with shell, crab, andmany others.The typical sweets aredelicious, you can tastethe famous black andwhite cocadas, dish ofmilk, rice pudding, mousede guayaba, angel hair,cazabe, mazato andchucula.

COASTBridges over theEsmeraldas river openedaugust 4 2010The delicious artisanal tradition, inherited from fatherto son. You can find the most wonderful objects of popularculture from the afrodescendent people, and the Indianchachi’s nationality, made of materials such as tagua, coconut,chonta, damagua, basa, rampida, pumpkin, shell, bamboo,seeds and ceramics.The exuberant beaches of Esmeraldas, they are aparadise waiting to be discovered. See our edition 14, of may2011: Esmeraldas ocean and jungle’s fusion, available for freeon previous editions.

COASTThe Esmeraldas feasts.Thesoul of its people is manifested onits feasts throughout the year; inthis city you can enjoy Carnivals,the International Festival of Africanmusic and dance, one of thegreatest festivals of the country andthe pacific coast. During the HollyWeek you can enjoy the traditionalpilgrimage around the city, theNelson Estupinan Bass Art andCulture ’s festival which takes placein May.Last week of July and first oneof August, Esmeraldas has themost happier days because ofits Independence feast. Lots ofactivities, fairs, popular dances,parades, sporting and culturalevents of their delicious traditions,through the marimba’s rhythm,the wonderful tropical climate, theexuberant fauna and vegetation, butspecially the solidarity of its peoplethat will always be remembered forwhoever visits Esmeraldas.

COASTMonument of Los Marimberos. Located on Olmedoand Guayas street, Potosi’s area. Recognition ofthe artistic expressions afroesmeraldenasHow to get there?Air and ground transportationGROUNDIf going north: take the Ibarra-San Lorenzo wayIf going south: the Pedernales-Atacames wayFrom downtown: Sto Domingo-Quininde’s way or LaIndependencia-QuinindeAIREl General Rivadeneira’s airport, located in Tachina, has veryoften flights between Esmeraldas, Quito, Guayaquil and Cali(Colombia).

URBANThe Centro de ArteContemporáneo de Quito orCAC is a new space for artsand culture, conceived as thesynergy of contemporary critical,reflexive, inclusive, democraticand participative processes.The CACCentro de ArteContemporáneo de QuitoIt is a building with the besttechnological support available,built over the architectoniccomplex of the AntiguoSanatorio, a health center fortuberculosis patients, raisedon the San Juan hills. Itsconstruction started in 1900ordered by President EloyAlfaro. In 1936 it was turnedinto a military hospital.The building is an urbanlandmark because of itsarchitectonic quality and itstypological singularity. Besidessaving the Antiguo Sanatoria,the objective of this constructionwas to offer a service for thecommunity.

URBANExhibition of Pictorial Integration


EXTREM SPORTEcuador is an ideal country for motorcyclists from all types mainlyto the huge variety of terrains and road/off road paths perfectfor the practice of motorcycle related sports. Zigzagging routesaround Andean volcanoes trough earth, mud or bridle paths;paved ways in cities, towns and valleys. In the Amazon region youcan ride motorcycle at the rivers shores and take a trip throughthe jungle, in the coast you can cross sand beaches and mud andearth paths.The Ecuadorian soil is perfect for almost all variations ofmotorcycling: motocross, hard scramble, enduro, speed races,track races, tourism and route motorcycling.One new trend at professional level is the Freestyle motocrosswhich is a variation of motocross in which the motorcyclists tryto impress judges and spectators. The pilots fly over 10 metersabove the ground for long distances, and during the time they aresuspended in the air, the pilots execute difficult figures or tricksthat require skills, style and precision. The most common placeswhere this sport is practiced are sports pavilions, bullfight arenasand open spaces. It is necessary a track of at least 70 meterslong without any obstacle. A special ramp for the jump is built anda pyramidal shaped reception for the riders to land.

EXTREM SPORTThere are very difficult routesfor enduro and track. Thisroutes and paths are speciallydesign for each type of raceand accomplish all internationalstandards. In some of thesetracks, international competitionstake place.Quito is a good place to start amotorcycle tour or expeditiondue to the easy access to theAndes, the Amazon region andthe Coast. Cotacachi, Otavalo, Mindo, los Illinizas y Cayambe arepopular destinations. Tours normally start in Quito and vary from oneday trips to several days and weeks excursions. These motorcycleexpeditions may focus on one specific region or in a combination ofHighlands, Lowlands and Amazon.It is important to realize that many roads are in bad conditions,and dangers may include pot holes, cars parked on theway, animals, ridiculously big speed bumps among others.Signposting is not always adequate and is not respected bydrivers, so, besides having an adrenaline rush you shouldremain focused and concentrated.

FLAVORSSABORES FLAVORSSome people instead, based on the pictures of cakes and goldenbread think that the quimbolito looks like a yellow pigeon trying tosneak out of the achira leaf. Because of that, they add baking powderto the dough.It is well known that Quimbolitos acquire their flavor by being cookedon the achira leaf of the taro plant, known as dasheen or yauntia. Itis usually cooked on special pots to cook through steam.The traditional legend tells us that the secret of the Quimbolito’svolume is based on the strength of the cook’s arm, who should havemore energy than the actual mixers.DELICIOUSQUIMBOLITOS!Quimbolito (a corn based dessert) cousin of humita, from the arepaand the tamal. Is the cousin of the ayampaco, bollo de maduro, maitoand tonga.The origin of its name is unknown. However, it’s unmistakably knownon the Ecuadorian cuisine.On the XIX century, dough was called “de Quimbolito” and ovencakes were made based on that. Nowadays is covered and cookedon an achira leaf.For some people Quimbolito is made with corn flour; other peoplesay it has to be mixed between corn flour and wheat flour, to avoidthat sensation of rigidness when you swallow it.Whoever invented the Quimbolito, must have had a sweet tooth andmust have been a traveler of the Ecuador, because you can findQuimbolitos everywhere around here, specially in the mountainousarea.The achira which shares its leafs with us is aplant from the cannaceas species.Ingredients:4 ounces of corn flour4 ounces of wheat6 eggs6 ounces of grated cheese6 ounces of butter6 ounces of sugar1 ounce of raisins1 glass of cognac1 teaspoon of baking powder18 achira leafsEighty years ago, it was used tostarch men shirts, sheets and tablecovers.

MISCELLANEOUSAugustFestivities02. AUG. 2011Colta CantonizationProv. Chimborazo.05. AUG. 2011Independence of Esmeraldas09. AUG. 2011National Culture Day.Indigenous Peoples DayColtaCOLTA, home of the National Aboriginal Puruha and Ecuadorianidentity celebrates its anniversaryColta has been the scene of cultural-historical process in Ecuador.Located 20 minutes from the Riobamba city, with an average altitudeof 3212 m.In a wet green valley lived a city that was called Liribamba . the storytells us the Indian chief Rumiñahui fires it because He did not wantthe Iberian conquerors to take anything from this rich land.The parishes of San Sebastián de Cajabamba and San Lorenzo deCicalpa are part of the city, together formed the “Villa of the Union”,and who was born on August 2, 1884, this date is taken as the cantonizationof Colta.Lagoon of Colta10. AUG 2011Independence Day12. AUG. 2011International Youth Day.15. AUG. 2011Fiesta de la virgen del Cisne inLoja.The lagoon has a dimension 2,5 Km long for 1 Km wide. In its interior there are diverse speciesof native birds and a without number of fish of colors. Very mint is the church of Balvanera, beenfounded in 1534, the first Catholic Church built in Ecuadorian land.The main tourist attractiveness of the canton is the Lagoon call alsoKultakucha in language quichua, it is a great mirror of water in alengthened way, surrounded of exuberant vegetation, it has flora and

MISCELLANEOUStypical fauna of the area. It is located 3.200 m of altitude and it measures2.500 m of longitude approximately for 1.100 m of wide, for theirbanks it passes the line of the railroad, Not very deep lagoon andof fresh water. It is fished trouts and to stop in the thermal bath ofChuquipogyo.REOPENING ALBERTO MENACAAMAÑO WAX MUSEUMThe parties of AugustThe Wax Museum Alberto Mena Caamaño temporarily closedto the public on July 19 and reopened on August 2nd with specialprogramming to celebrate the 201 years of independenceslaughter of August 2, 1802.In San Lorenzo of Cicalpa the Archibasílicaof Virgen de las Nieves. In August they areheld religious ceremonies, artificial fires,folkloric presentations and popular dancesin the virgin’s honor and the cantonizationof Colta.Virgen de las NievesOf the city of Colta, they are nativesImportant characters in the history of the Ecuadorare from Colta, Condorazo, Duchicela, thewise Pedro Vicente Maldonado, Juan de Velascoand othersBolívar Proyect.

MISCELLANEOUSThe Wax Museum was renovated. Added ten characterswax major figures involved in the process of independenceof our country. The new figures were made bythetechnical workshop of the Centro Cultural MetropolitanoArt. With the new figures, the museum expandedthe facts of history to the Battle of Pichincha in the May 24,1822.This museum was created in 1959 in the same building asthe headquarters of theRoyal Audience of Quito. Save acollection of 3000 pieces and works of colonial art, republican,modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, jewelry,drawings,miniature objects.The Wax Museum is part of the MetropolitanCultural Center is locatedat the corner of Garcia Moreno andEspejo, diagonal to the GovernmentPalace

MISCELLANEOUSCasa de las Artes la Ronda. Calle Morales 999.Cultural AgendaQuitoMuseo de la Ciudad.García Moreno S -147 y RocafuerteExtreme Scene Exhibition. August 13, time 11:00. Free admission.Traditional Sweets Fair. From 25 to 28 August, from 9:30 to 17:30hours. Admission: USD 0.25.Museo de Acuarela y Dibujo Muñoz Mariño Junín E2-27 BarrioSan MarcosWatercolor Oswaldo Muñoz Mariño. August. Tuesday to Friday,9:00 to 17:00. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 9:00 to13:30. Free admission.Centro Cultural Metropolitano. García Moreno y EspejoWorkshop open. The International Dance. Friday 26, time 9:00.Free admission.Retrospective Enrique Tabara. From August 18 until 18 October,Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 to 17:30 hours and Sunday from 10:00to 13:30. Free admission.Museo Alberto Mena Caamaño. Centro Cultural Metropolitano.Permanent exhibition of Quito in Ecuadorfrom 1700 to 1835. From August 6,Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00 to 17:30 andSunday from 10:00 to 13:30. Admission:Adults $ 1.50. Students $ 0.75.Exhibition meeting Artnívoras, installation art object. FromAugust 5, Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00 to 17:30 hours and Sundayfrom 10:00 to 13:30. Free admission.Imaginary paper. Since 12 August, Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 to17:30hours and Sunday from 10:00 to 13:30. Free admission.Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito. Montevideo y LuisDávila.Exhibitions Public Images of Ecuadorian Women’s S. XX andGenerations. August, Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 to 17:30 hours.Free admission.Parque Itchimbía. Calle Iquique. Barrio La Tola.Quito Fest Concert. Friday 12 and Saturday 13, hora10: 00 to18:00. Free admission.Exhibition of comets. From August 6 to August 20, 9:00 to 17:00hours. Free admission.Museo Interactivo de Ciencia MIC. Tababela y Antonio de Latorre.ChimbacalleRelaunch of the MIC. Ithe inauguration of the permanent galleries,extreme sports demonstrations and practice with the public.Saturday August 20, time 15:00 to 17:00. Free admission.Stories in the MIC. Oral memory of Quito. Saturday August 27,time 15:00 to 17:00. Free admission.

MISCELLANEOUSTeatro México. Tomebamba y Antisana. Chimbacalle.Concert Banda Sinfónica Metropolitanade Quito. August 10, time 20:00.Free admission.Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales. Parque Carolina.Exhibition of invertebrates, vertebrates, ethnobotany,paleontology and geology. Monday to Friday, 8:00to 16:30 hours and Saturday from 9:00 to 13:00.Admission:Children $ 0.60. Students $ 1.00. Adults USD 2.00.Asociación Humboldt. Vancouver E5-54 y Polonia.(Puppet show. fairy tales of enchantedforest). From August 27 toSeptember 11. Saturday and Sunday,11:00 hours. Admission: $ 5.00.Noches Patrimoniales. Recorridos Quito Eterno. Paseos porlos edificios patrimoniales de centro histórico con actores que representana personajes de la época de la colonia y cuentan lahistoria y tradiciones de nuestra ciudad.6 de agosto: Plaza del Teatro, hora 19:00 y 20:00. Entrada: USD 6,00.27 de agosto: Convento de La Merced, hora 19:00 y 20:00. Entrada:USD 6,00.CuencaMuseo Monasterio de la ConcepciónHermano Miguel 6-33 y Juan JaramilloExposure Obras del siglo XVII al XIXAugust. Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 18:30 hours and Saturdays,10:00 to 13:00 hours. Free admission.Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno. Sucre y Coronel Tálbot.Exhibition of two artists Cuencanos. Until August 20. Mondayto Friday, 9:00 to 13:00 hours and 15:30 to 19:30. Saturdays andSundays from 9:00 to 13:00. Free admission.90s in the Ecuadorian Art. From 11 to 30 August. Monday toFriday, 9:00 to 13:00 hours and 15:30 to 19:30. Saturdays andSundays from 9:00 to 13:00. Free admission.Concert of contemporary music. August 18, time 20:00. Freeadmission.IbarraMuseo del Ministerio de Cultura Antiguo Banco Central. Sucrey Oviedo.Taita Leonidas: The value ofthe word Until October 18. Mondayto Friday from 8:30 to 17:00,Saturdays and holidays from 10:00to 16:00. Free admission.

MISCELLANEOUSGuayaquilCasa de la Cultura Núcleo del Guayas. 9 de Octubre y PedroMoncayo.Exposición La Magia del Oscar. Posters, programs, photographsand video projection. August, Tuesday to Friday 10:00 to 18:00hours and on Saturdays from 10:00 to 15:00. Free admission.Arts Festival. Thursday August 25, time 15:00 to 17:00. free admissionConcierto de Orquesta de Cámara del Museo. Wednesday August31, time 19:30. Free admission.SOCIALSWe congratulate our great friend and collaborating Jessica Gillotafor her marriage with Yacine Houari, taken place in Cleveland,Ohio U.S.A., June 18 2011. We wish them many happiness andthat all their dreams are completed.

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