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PROFILE: Norma Acuna from Ecuador and an Adjunct Spanish Instructor.
Credits: Earned a dual B.A.
in Education and Spanish and an M.A. in Spanish with emphasis in Contemporary
Latin American Literature. Also I am diplomat by the Kingdom of Spain
by a decree from Don Juan Carlos de Borbon, King of Spain.
Ever since I was a little girl I had a great interest in visiting other lands. Tireless traveler I had visited 43 countries in five continents excluding the Antarctic and the Arctic. Now my friends I invite you all to walk on the clouds in the land of the volcanoes, ECUADOR.
Ecuador, the Kingdom of the Quitus, birthplace of the last and great Emperor of the Incas, Atahuallpa, is a country of small proportions but gifted in innumerable natural beauties. Quito, the capital of Ecuador also known as the City of Eternal Spring act as the cultural center for the whole country. Located at 9,000 ft. above sea level in the Valley of Ilalo, Quito is protected by two majestic volcanoes Guagua "the younger" Pichincha and Rucu "the elder" Pichincha, site of the last battle in road to independence from Spain. Quito is a vibrant and cultural city. In 1978 the UNESCO declare Quito a "World Heritage Site" by her enormous contributions to humanity in the fields of arts and culture. Much of Quito's attractions lie in its exquisite religious art and colonial architecture.
"Quito School" religious
art is scattered through the numerous cathedrals and museums in the city.
The San Francisco
The Presidential Palace Carondolet,
The Metropolitan Museum, the Catholic University Museum, San Agustin Church
site of the signing of Ecuador's declaration of independence in 1809,
the Compania de Jesus Church with her solid gold covered walls and, the
Guayasamin Museum nestled an amazing collections of colonial art and antiquity
artifacts patrimony of the Ecuadorian culture and history.
But if your interest is set in the Ecuadorian topography don't miss the fascinated volcanoes. Ecuador is blessed with a number of snow capped volcanoes. Over two hundred volcanoes! Chimborazo (20,651 ft.) is the tallest and a supreme Ecuadorian symbol of freedom. Cotopaxi (19,348 ft.) one of the tallest active volcano in the world. The Tungurahua (16,452 ft.) the second tallest is actually erupting. The view is breathtaking if you can stand the roaring noise.
Because of its varying altitudes,
Ecuador has a wide range of climates. If your point of departure is Quito
in a matter of one flying hour in any direction you can go from the highlands
with cold desert filled with incredible views, rugged terrain, hidden
valleys and lakes, to rainforest filled with exotic animals and luxuriant
vegetation in the Amazon region, to the Galapagos Island habitat
Then, come and visit Ecuador the land of friendly people and roaring mountains.