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Ecuador Travel News: Air Cuenca operations temporarily suspended   4 comments

The Ecuadorian National Aviation Authorities (DAC – Dirección General de Aviación Civil) temporarily suspends Air Cuenca operations due to technical problems that do not guarantee the safety and security of the passengers (according to an article published in El Comercio on June 21st, 2010.

According to this news source, Air Cuenca can only start operating again once the aircraft is checked.

In the Quito airport of Mariscal Sucre, the personal at the airline counter of Air Cuenca commented that they are not selling airline tickets and that the aircraft will go to Miami to be checked.

Ecuador Tungurahua volcano re-erupts   2 comments

REUTERS/Carlos Campana

UPDATES 2011 NOW FOUND HERE

LATEST UPDATE (Dec.2/2010)

Volcanic activity has been reported in the Tungurahua (Throat of Fire) volcano in Ecuador, the second case sighted in the past few weeks.  The volcano spewed molten rocks and large clouds of gas and ash near Banos, south of Quito, Reuters reported on Tuesday.  The Tungurahua’s volcanic activity follows last month’s eruption, when a column of gas shot up seven kilometers into the sky.  No casualties have been recorded so far, but flight re-direction is being considered.

Tungurahua is located approximately 150 kilometers southeast of Ecuador’s capital, Quito.

RECENT CHRONOLOGY ….

After almost 6 months of relevate calm, Mount Tungurahua seems to be reawaking in the first days of 2010.

DEC.30 2009 – long-period earthquake followed by fumarolic activity with a steam plume reaching 300 metres above the crater.

JAN.01 2010 – beginning of emissions with low ash content, accompanied by rumbles that have gradually increased their intensity.

JAN.03 2010 – crater glow visible, lava fountaining begins, with the projection of incandescent material onto the upper slopes and intense rumbling sounds

JAN.04 2010 – increased ash emissions with eruption columns reaching as high as 2 km above the crater, ash fall reported to the west.

MAY.31 2010 – explosion (see photo series below)

Tungurahua volcano eruption process last night (May 31). Photo credits: Armando Prado/El Comercio

NOV.22 2010 – A sudden eruption of the Tungurahua volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes sent a column of ash more than 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) into the sky.

APR.27 2011 – A significant explosive eruption occurred, prompting evacuations of schools and villages near the volcano. Tungurahua produced a 7 km / ~23,000 foot ash plume, which is a bit surprising considering that last report from Instituto Geofisico in Ecuador from January 2011 reported “activity at Tungurahua continued to decrease and ash was absent from plumes.”  Hugo Yepes, a geologist from the IG, was quoted as saying (Spanish) this eruption was one of the largest at the volcano in the past 11 years and that the IG expects that this eruption might gone on for “several days”.  The Ecuadoran government placed the volcano on Orange Alert status, meaning mandatory evacuations for a number of villages near Tungurahua. Some air traffic in and out of Quito has also been effected by the eruption.

(Photo by Cecilia Puebla/AFP/Getty Images)

COTALO, ECUADOR – The Tungurahua volcano spews ashes and lava on January 11, 2010, in Cotalo, Ecuador, 135km south of Quito.

Posted April 27, 2011 by sangay in MAINLAND ECUADOR, PHOTOGRAPHY & IMAGES

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TAME airline increases flight rates for Galapagos Islands flights   Leave a comment

As is quite often the case here in Ecuador, it is not uncommon to get wind of official changes in regulations after the fact.  Much as is currently occurring with the ‘new’ national transit laws.  This is also the case with recent changes (apparently took effect on March 31st, 2011) that were made available today (April 7th, 2011).

According to official information from TAME airline, they have changed the rates for thier flights to/from the Galapagos Islands. Up until this date, all airline tickets were classified as ‘Y’ (or Yankie) class – both for high and low season flights.  Now TAME airline has dropped class ‘Y’ and replacing it for class ‘B’ (or Bravo) and class ‘W’ (or Whiskey) in high season, and class ‘H’ (or Hotel) in low season.  Furthermore, TAME airline now only considers the months of July, August & December as high season.

In addition, TAME airline is now charging penalty fees for such things as change of date, change of name etc.

It appears that one set rate is applied to low season flights (much like in the past) but for high season flights one of two tariffs will be applied (class ‘B’ or class ‘W’) depending on availability.

Here is how the fees pan out ….

HIGH SEASON: July, August & December

GALAPAGOS FLIGHT RATES – HIGH SEASON

ROUTING ADULT CHILD
QUITO – GALAPAGOS – QUITO $418 (*B) / $463 (*W) $286 (*B) / $315 (*W)
QUITO – GALAPAGOS – GUAYAQUIL $395 (*B) / $440 (*W) $270 (*B) / $300 (*W)
GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS – QUITO $393 (*B) / $438 (*W) $267 (*B) / $298 (*W)
GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS – GUAYAQUIL $370 (*B) / $415 (*W) $252 (*B) / $283 (*W)
CODE REFERENCE
High season classes: (B) = SEAT CLASS B / (W) = SEAT CLASS WNOTES 

(a) Seat class subject to availability (*)
(b) ‘Child’ is anyone under 12 years of age / ‘Adult’ is anyone over 12 years of age.
(c) Copies of passports are required by airline for all passengers (adults & children).
(d) Rates do not include USD $10 per airline ticket issue fee charged by airline.
(e) Flight rates are subject to change without prior notice. 

(f)  USD $30 penalty for change of date
(g) USD $50 penalty for change in name
(h) USD $50 penalty for reimbursement refund

UPDATED: APRIL 7th, 2011


LOW SEASON: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October & November

GALAPAGOS FLIGHT RATES – LOW SEASON

ROUTING ADULT CHILD
QUITO – GALAPAGOS – QUITO $373 (H) $254 (H)
QUITO – GALAPAGOS – GUAYAQUIL $356 (H) $245 (H))
GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS – QUITO $379 (H) $260 (H)
GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS – GUAYAQUIL $326 (H) $223 (H)
CODE REFERENCE 

Low season class: (H) = SEAT CLASS H

NOTES

(a) ‘Child’ is anyone under 12 years of age / ‘Adult’ is anyone over 12 years of age.
(b) Copies of passports are required by airline for all passengers (adults & children).
(c) Rates do not include USD $10 per airline ticket issue fee charged by airline.
(d) Flight rates are subject to change without prior notice.
(e) USD $30 penalty for change of date
(f)  USD $50 penalty for change in name
(g) USD $50 penalty for reimbursement refund

UPDATED: APRIL 7th, 2011

Tsunami alert for Galapagos Islands & Ecuador: Continuous updates   3 comments

Tsunami alert Galapagos Ecuador

For news, details and updates on the tsunami alert in effect for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands …

please go to live updating page

http://www.sangay.com/ecuadorguide/galapagos-islands/tsunami-news-updates-for-ecuador-galapagos-islands/

Ecuador culinary tradition: Colada Morada con Guaguas de Pan   1 comment

This tradition dates hundreds of years ago; and it is almost impossible to know its exact origin.  But without a doubt it is a result of the syncretism of indigenous rituals and traditions brought by the Spanish with the Catholic religion.

Recipes for Colada Morada can vary from region to region and family to family. Almost all versions contain basic ingredients like:

  • mortiño (i.e., “Blueberry of the Andes” or myrtle berry) [link]
  • mora (i.e., very similar to blackberry)
  • piña (i.e., pineapple)
  • naranjas (i.e., oranges)
  • canela (i.e., cinnamon)
  • clavo de olor (i.e., cloves)
  • panela (i.e., unrefined whole cane sugar)
  • maicena – corn flower base (i.e., cornstarch, black flour or purple corn flour)
  • ishpingo (Ecuadorian spice)
  • pimienta dulce (i.e., sweet peppercorns)
  • bundle of aromatic herbs (huerba buena, arrayan,  orange leaves, lemon verbena)

… some will include strawberries, blueberries, naranjilla juice (an Andean fruit), babaco (champagne fruit), allspice  and even raisins.

Ishpingo (from the Quechua ‘ishpinku’) is the native Ecuadorian cinnamon tree Ocotea quixos (Lauraceae), found only in a small region of Amazonian Ecuador and Colombia. It is in the same family (Lauraceae) as the common Cinnamon and has a similar aroma. It has been used locally as a spice and flavoring agent since pre-European times.

Colada Morada has its roots in ‘El Dia de los Difuntos’ or ‘Day of the Ancestors’ (November 2), a time to celebrate and pay respects to one’s ancestors.  In the small villages, families dress in their finest clothes and carry a meal to the cemetery. It is generally customary to leave one plate for the dead ancestor.  This traditional meal includes guaguas de pan and the colada morada.

Guaguas de pan literally translated means  ‘bread babies’.  The word guagua, pronounced wa-wa, is Quechua for baby or young child.) These bread babies can be up to 12 inches long and are decorated with icing and may have jam or some other sweet filling inside.

In the larger towns and cities, families no longer eat with their ancestors. They spend the day visiting the cemetery and laying flowers on the graves. They may make guaguas de pan and colada morada, but only for eating with their family at home. Nevertheless, the spirit of the Día de los Difuntos carries on as one of the important traditions of Ecuador.

 

Recipes for colada morada can vary from region to region and family to family. While all versions contain blueberry, blackberry, and pineapple, some will use naranjilla juice (an Andean fruit), babaco (champagne fruit), strawberries, and even raisins. 

Read more at Suite101: Colada Morada Fruit Juice Recipe: Traditional Ecuadorian All Soul’s Day Blueberry and Blackberry Drink http://www.suite101.com/content/colada-morada-fruit-juice-recipe-a34344#ixzz16h1J6tKq

Posted November 29, 2010 by sangay in MAINLAND ECUADOR, PHOTOGRAPHY & IMAGES

We make your Galapagos Islands experience …. stand out.   1 comment

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Posted November 16, 2010 by sangay in GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, MAINLAND ECUADOR, OTHER

Ecuador: 5 worlds for you to discover   3 comments

Ecuador – for a relatively small Andean country – has a surprisingly wide variety of tourist attractions and activities … and all within a short travel of each other.  In fact, you can say that Ecuador has 5 worlds ….

Each of these ‘worlds’ has its own distinct features – weather, topography, cuisine, culture, flora & fauna and adventure. Each world is a little world in itself … come discover them (or rediscover them).

Whether you are seasoned off-road adventurer or a novice traveler, Ecuador has something for you.

Ecuador – para un país andino relativamente pequeño – con una sorprendente variedad de atractivos turísticos y actividades … y todo ello en un viaje corto de unos a otros. De hecho, se puede decir que el Ecuador tiene cinco mundos ….

Cada uno de estos “mundos” tiene sus características propias – el clima, la topografía, la gastronomía, la cultura, la flora y la fauna y el aventura . Cada mundo es un pequeño mundo en sí mismo … Venga a descubrir ellos (o redescubrir ellos).

Si usted es aventurero experimentado todo terreno o un viajero novato, el Ecuador tiene algo para ti.

Posted November 15, 2010 by sangay in GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, MAINLAND ECUADOR

Quito, Ecuador recovers after apparent coup attempt on Rafael Correa   4 comments

Living and working in the heart of Quito allows me a privileged eye witness evaluation of the recent events here in Quito, Ecuador.

Reports with titles such as “State of Emergency in Ecuador cripples tourism” & “Revolution” are not only exaggerated but somewhat sensationalist. Reminds of such things as the H1N1 hype. One would be rather disappointed walking the around the streets of Quito today with these notions. I am not sure how, in a 24-hour period, one can claim the effects of a ‘crippled tourism’ in Ecuador – uncertainty and occasional inconveniences with flights is one thing but a crippled tourism? In fact, when the last major volcanic eruption occurred that directly affected Quito (due to heavy volcanic ash fall and the necessary closure of the airport), there was a temporarily greater inconvenience on tourism than the events of September 30th, 2010 in Quito and Ecuador.

September 30th, 2010 started out as any typical Thursday morning here in Ecuador’s capital city of Quito – heavy early morning traffic with ‘pico y placa‘ in effect (traffic restriction based on the last digit of license plates, with 7 & 8 not permitted to circulate between 07h30 and 09h30 on Thursday), families taking their children to school, Quitenos on their way to work etc.

On route to drop off my two children at school just before 08h00, a small drama unfolded before me on the Occidental (peripheral north/south road skirting Quito) as an individual was caught red handed attempting to steal and flee in a stolen pickup truck. Half a dozen police, with hand guns drawn, ran between the slow moving traffic to finally apprehend the individual. Up until this point at least, there was a normal presence of police throughout the capital.

Having arrived at the office in the heart of the Mariscal (tourist district) a little early, I prepared my morning cup of coffee while the computer systems booted up and the staff started to arrive for the 09h00 opening of the office. One of the employees, having arrived a little tardy, explained that there was unusual traffic chaos near a Police barracks on the Mariana de Jesus Street – with apparent burning tires; hence his tardiness. Then business started as usual.

During the course of the morning, unofficial and informal information started to filter through that there was a lack of police presence and that apparently the police were on strike. Various phone calls from friends and contacts throughout the city confirmed that no police where to be seen and that apparently they were on strike over disagreement with a new legislation that supposedly cuts there benefits.

The TV was tuned into local stations to see if any news was being reported. Other than a group of disgruntled police protesting, nothing else appeared. As the morning advanced, it became obvious that a general sense of insecurity (due to the obvious lack of regular police presence) started to increase and rumors of various banks and establishments being robbed started floating through the grapevine. Businesses started to close or partial close their doors with the heightening sense of insecurity.

News started to air that the Quito and Guayaquil airports were seized by the military and all airport operations were shut. This was confirmed by the distinct lack of flights over Quito, along with sporadic protests and looting in other cities like Cuenca and Guayaquil.
The area in front of the Presidential Palace continued to fill throughout the day with pro-government supporters, complete with banners and chanting.

Now nearing noon, all TV and radio stations were airing the ‘Cadena Nacional‘ (Government controlled news) that, one by one, interviewed government officials and individuals reporting their support for the government and covering an incident where President Rafael Correa was pushed and shoved during his encounter with a group of police protesting and burning tires. Tear gas was fired and apparent the President was rushed off to the nearest police hospital.

The Government declared a State of Emergency and news that both Colombia and Peru had closed their borders to Ecuador (a standard protocol under these circumstances).

As the early afternoon continued, the Cadena Nacional continued their reporting, with comments insinuating that there were sabotage attempts on the transmission antennas. The sense of general insecurity in the city continued to grow, along with rumors of what might be happening, is happening … including a coup. Businesses, for the most part, started to close operations and people started to head from work. A great deal of speculation was in the air, but Quito was relatively calm…. with early traffic that was not only respectful but relatively orderly (keeping in mind that no traffic officials were present).

The Quito airport reopened in the late evening, with limited number of flights entering and exiting the airport.

In the course of the evening, around about 20h30 or so, local TV stations came back on air (supposedly the transmission antennas were cut thereby allowing regular transmissions to air). Around 21h30 a local media report airing live started to transmit a massive Special Operations tactical force starting to storm the Police hospital where the President was apparently held by a group of police. A massive cross of gunfire started to occur for the next 35 minutes, with the final rescue of the President – who was rapidly fled from the scene in a government vehicle and taken directly to the Presidential Palace. The gunfire in and around the hospital apparently continued for another hour or so, while the President appeared before the supporters from the Presidential Palace balcony making a speech.

Today, Friday October 1st, 2010

Quito awoke in relative normality, with news that the Guayaquil airport remained closed due to the lack of corresponding airport staff to check and managed luggage, while the Quito airport remained fully operational.

The streets appeared normal but with little, if any police present – and no military. Passing by the nearest Military barracks, I noticed a number or armored vehicles preparing to move out on the streets. Arriving at the office, there was still a sense of insecurity as no police were in sight. Banks decided to allow groups of 5 or 6 enter at a time.

By 10h00, a limited number of police started to appear back on the streets, and limited number of military convoys started deploying military in key locations. As the morning advanced, the police started to reappear as normal and the military presence disappeared.

Note: This report covers activities and eye witness testimony in the Mariscal tourist district. I cannot vouch that events in possible ‘hot spots’ – such as the Presidential Palace area and/or around the Police barracks are the same. That being said, however, walking the streets of Quito one would never have known of the events of the previous day.

Now late afternoon, Quito has apparently recovered and returned back to its normal routine.

Posted October 1, 2010 by sangay in MAINLAND ECUADOR

Air Cuenca starts operating flights today   11 comments

NEWS UPDATE (JUNE 21, 2010): AIRLINE OPERATIONS SUSPENDED (see news article)

Air Cuenca, with a Boeing 737-500, started operating flights between Cuenca and Quito – as well as Cuenca and Guayaquil – today.

Information on flight schedules, rates etc will be forthcoming upon confirmation of details.

Cuenca festejará las fiestas de fundación con la inauguración de una nueva aerolínea. Se trata de Air Cuenca, compañía creada con recursos de personas de esta ciudad, que prestará servicios aéreos a escala nacional, desde abril próximo.

Marcos Cisneros, gerente comercial de la compañía, dice que fue hace dos años que 10 cuencanos, entre empresarios y profesionales con una amplia experiencia en el mundo de los negocios y de la industria de la aviación comercial, decidieron emprender acciones para dotar al sur del país de una aerolínea. Entre los empresarios que iniciaron el proyecto constan Édgar Serrano, actual presidente de la compañía, y José Alvarado, gerente.

El 9 de julio de 2009, el Consejo Nacional de Aviación Civil otorgó a la compañía una concesión de operación para que preste los servicios de transporte aéreo, público, doméstico, regular, de pasajeros, carga y correo, en forma combinada, para operar en Cuenca, Quito, Guayaquil, Macas y Santa Rosa (El Oro).

La inauguración oficial de la compañía está prevista para el 12 de abril. A decir de Álex Cordero, director de Mercadeo, esto como una manera de celebrar los 453 años de fundación de Cuenca. Sin embargo, dependerá de factores externos que no son controlables por la empresa.

El equipo. El avión que servirá para cubrir las frecuencias es un Boeing 737-500, número de serie 26287. La capacidad será para 126 pasajeros, la matrícula nacional es HC-CJB, motores: 2 General Electric (GE), modelos CMF56-3-B1 de última generación, lo que permite un menor consumo de combustible y emisión de gases. La nave es fabricada en los Estados Unidos.

Para la próxima semana, terminará el proceso de pintado del avión, en Francia, donde se encuentra actualmente.

Inicialmente Air Cuenca operará con tres frecuencias diarias: dos serán Cuenca-Quito-Cuenca, y una Cuenca-Guayaquil-Cuenca; mientras que semanalmente habrá tres vuelos Cuenca-Quito-Santa Rosa-Quito-Cuenca. A esta última frecuencia se la pretende ampliar a vuelos diarios, lo que se hará en una segunda etapa a partir de agosto, mes en el que está proyectado la adquisición de otra aeronave de similares características.

La ruta hasta Santa Rosa es en la que mayor empeño se pondrá; los directivos dijeron que pretenden que -a través del servicio aéreo- se incrementen las relaciones comerciales en el sur del país.

Según los directivos de la compañía, aún no se han establecido tarifas para los viajes que realizará la aerolínea en el país. (XPA)

Posted June 4, 2010 by sangay in MAINLAND ECUADOR

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Hosteria Alandaluz – a relaxing stay on the Pacific coast.   Leave a comment

Located right across the sea, this magnificent and innovative “Hosteria” is built mainly of bamboo; it has a private and large beach and it is surrounded by magnificent flower and organic vegetable gardens as well as small bamboo forests.

Exploration tours to the “Machallilla” National Park, where abundant fauna similar to that of Galapagos can be found, as well as marine reserve and archeological and cultural areas, can be organized at “Hostería Alándaluz” .

Excursions to: ”La Plata”Island”, whales watching, unpopulated shores (“Los Frailes”, “La Playita”, “Salaite”, etc.), the “Agua Blanca” pre-historic city, the “Salango” Archeological Museum, the trail to “Los Pajaros” by the “Ayampe” River, the “Cantalapiedra” Wild Life Sanctuary, etc. can also be arranged at “Alandaluz”.

It is important to highlight that “Alandaluz” has become an alternative development center through the implementation of agro-ecologic systems, bio-architecture techniques, the development of gardening and landscaping, recycling systems, the use of appropriate technologies, the management of natural areas, the recovery of craftsmanship, etc. All of these processes have generated dozens of jobs and permanent training processes.

Likewise, it constantly motivates the local development, encourages self-esteem, the reinvestment in the area by promoting the human capital and strengthening of rural communities.

During its long lasting and prolific trajectory, “Alandaluz” has demonstrated that the touristic activity combined with an ecologic, social, cultural and integral vision is both productive and sustainable.

Main Facilities:

  • Beautiful beach
  • Splendid gardens
  • Sport areas in the beach
  • Vegetable organic gardens
  • Auto guided trail
  • Conference Room
  • Camping area
  • 25 weathered cabins
  • “Bamboo” Bar-Restaurant
  • Horse and bicycle rides
  • Snorkeling, diving, sports fishing, trekking, etc
  • Participation in community projects
  • Tutorships and volunteer programs
  • Transfers services

Tours:

  • “La Plata” Island
  • Whales watching
  • Un-populated shores (“Los Frailes”, “La Playita”, “Salaite”)
  • “Agua Blanca” Pre-historic City
  • “Salango” Archaeological Museum
  • “Los Pájaros” trail through the “Ayampe” River
  • “Cantalapiedra” Wildlife Sanctuary

“Alándaluz” has created an space where beauty, harmony, the respect to the laws of nature, the community feeling, the responsibility for the present and the future of the life on earth and the future of the new generations have encompassed.

The strongest desire of “Alándaluz” is to build a world where human beings, animals, plants, the sky, the ocean, the earth and the horizon join in a “Passionate Embrace for Life”.

Location map:

Posted April 28, 2010 by sangay in MAINLAND ECUADOR

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Ecuador tourism sector set to increase costs up to 12% in February 2010   Leave a comment

DATE: FEBRUARY 1st, 2010

In an effort by the central government of Ecuador to generate more funds, stricter financial and tax legislation are being implimented. A direct effect is on the Ecuadorian tourism sector.

The Galápagos Islands are at the edge of their carrying capacity, absorbing some 120,000 tourists yearly, a figure that almost trebled in the past five years alone.

In 2005, Ecuador attracted 860,000 tourists of the 18.1 million visitors to the South American continent, up 5.1 percent over the previous year.

Top countries of origin of incoming tourism, according to Ecuador Tourism Ministry figures, were Peru, the United States, Columbia, Spain, the United Kingdom and Germany.

An integral marketing plan of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism continues to be ambitious, targeting increasing those numbers significantly in the coming years. Targets include attracting 1.1 million incoming tourists this year, and boosting that figure to 1.7 million by 2010. Hence the strategy to encourage travelers to Ecuador to experience the capital Quito, parts of the Amazon rain forest, the highlands, its volcanoes, its culture, its Pacific coastline, its beaches or its gastronomy.

Different sources estimate that in 2008 tourism generated aproximately USD $450 million, while recent figures estimate tourism to generate aproximately $1 to $1.5 billion US dollars.

In the early days of 2010, the tourism sector (mainly Galapagos related) is in a period of great uncertainty – mainly due to new financial and tax legislations that are focusing on capturing more funds for the central government. As a direct result numerous Galapagos cruise operators are increasing their previously published 2010 cruise rates up to 12%, while a smaller number are planning on maintaining their rates.

Cuenca airport in project to convert to International airport   1 comment

Source: Cuenca High Life (http://www.cuencahighlife.com)

CIVIL AVIATION BOARD APPROVES CUENCA’S AIRPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

Ecuador’s Civil Aviation Board has okayed the city’s request to establish immigration services at Mariscal La Mar airport, allowing it to process international air passengers. The plan means that international flights on a single air carrier can originate and end in Cuenca, with connections in Quito and Guayaquil.

The approval is contingent on the installation of a new aviation radar system that the airport says will be operational by December.

The 2008 airport renovation project included additional space to process international passengers.

Posted December 8, 2009 by sangay in MAINLAND ECUADOR

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Lago Agrio Airport closure   Leave a comment

The airport of Lago Agrio (Nueva Loja) is currently closed until December 14, 2009. All operations are currently suspended in order to repave the runways.

According to DAC (Direccion General de Aviacion) this process also includes the construction of a two-level building that will house the arrival and departure areas.

The cost of the remodeling runs at USD $4,921,786.00.

The only flights to Lago Agrio come from Quito, through VIP and TAME airlines.

During this period, passengers are flown into Coca (Pto.Francisco de Orellana) and make a 90 minute transit by bus north to Lago Agrio.

Lago Agrio Airport

IATA: LGQ – ICAO: SENL

Airport type: Public
Location: Nueva Loja, Ecuador
Elevation AMSL; 982 ft / 299 m
Coordinates: 00°05′33″S 076°52′10″W / 0.0925°S 76.86944°W / -0.0925; -76.86944

Posted September 22, 2009 by sangay in MAINLAND ECUADOR

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Sangay   Leave a comment

Sangay (phoenetic: sang [ai] or sang-eye) is the most continuously active volcano in the world and the most hardcore mountain in Ecuador to climb because of the demanding nature of the approach and the prevailing appalling weather.

Different interpretations for the name of the mountain exist. Some say it is from the Quichua word samkay, meaning “to frighten, scare, or terrorize”; others, primarily people living in the east, say it is from the word shanga, meaning ‘good-natured.” The reason for this wide disparity is that despite Sangay’s high level of activity, it has not damaged any of the surrounding areas.

The isolated Sangay volcano, located east of the Andean crest, is the southernmost of Ecuador’s volcanoes, and its most active. The dominantly andesitic volcano has been in frequent eruption for the past several centuries. The steep-sided, 5230-m-high glacier-covered volcano grew within horseshoe-shaped calderas of two previous edifices, which were destroyed by collapse to the east, producing large debris avalanches that reached the Amazonian lowlands. The modern edifice dates back to at least 14,000 years ago. Sangay towers above the tropical jungle on the east side; on the other sides flat plains of ash from the volcano have been sculpted by heavy rains into steep-walled canyons up to 600 m deep. The earliest report of a historical eruption was in 1628. More or less continuous eruptions were reported from 1728 until 1916, and again from 1934 to the present. The more or less constant eruptive activity has caused frequent changes to the morphology of the summit crater complex.

Photo by Minard Hall, 1976 (Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Quito).

Country: Ecuador
Volcano Type: Stratovolcano
Volcano Status: Historical
Last Known Eruption: 2009 (continuing)
Summit Elevation: 5230 m 17,159 feet
Latitude: 2.002°S 2°0’9″S
Longitude: 78.341°W 78°20’27″W

Posted September 14, 2009 by sangay in MAINLAND ECUADOR

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Cafe Cultura – Quito hotel news   Leave a comment

News directly from Cafe Cultura

Just a quick note to say hello and to inform you about the latest developments at Café Cultura.

Operating since 1993, Café Cultura was the first boutique hotel founded in Ecuador. Ever since opening it has been ahead of its time, setting the trend. Its uniqueness features in Samantha Brown’s Passport to Latin America, a half hour TV show currently running on the Travel Channel, part of the Discovery Network.

In our continuous effort to improve and reinvent ourselves, we are creating a new home for our beloved Café Cultura. Just a few blocks from our present location the perfect spot for a boutique hotel exists. Surrounded by listed buildings, the house that we recently acquired won the city’s architectural prize in 1937 and is also a UNESCO world heritage site.

New Cafe Cultura 2010

The property features a manor house that incorporates Art Deco and Republican architectural styles. The magnificent interiors are bursting with the glamour of that golden era. This was simply a lifetime opportunity that we couldn’t possibly afford to miss, so we took on the challenge and we are currently restoring the house back to its former glory.

Business goes on as usual at our well known current address where we will be operating from until February 2010. In the new location, the hotel will offer a second to none array of social areas. The impressive wood paneled library with its extensive collection of books has a splendid fireplace and a wonderful crystal chandelier, original features of the house. The restaurant incorporates several cosy dining areas, the most comfortable and perfect place to enjoy the traditional culinary delights that Café Cultura is famous for. A well stocked wine cellar guarantees that the overall experience will be a memorable one.

Quito Cafe Cultura in 2010

The roof garden of the house presented a perfect canvas for us to design and incorporate a spa that offers the latest techniques and treatments, a state of the art bar and one of our suites, all with private terraces and enjoying a pristine view across the heart of Quito.

Since we really treat our clients as friends, we made a point of designing the most spacious, elegant and comfortable suites, the average size of each one will be 40m2 with the exception of the Cultura Suite which will be around 90m2.

Cafe Cultura new location 2010

Current Cafe Cultura details

We would like to kindly invite you to visit http://www.cafecultura.com/new_project where you will find plenty of photos, a 3D presentation and coming soon a video of the work in progress.