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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


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.


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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Air Cuenca starts operating flights today   11 comments


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


  • “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”.

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Posted April 28, 2010 by sangay in MAINLAND ECUADOR

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Cuenca airport in project to convert to International airport   1 comment

Source: Cuenca High Life (


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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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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