Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca

Brief description

Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca is set in a valley surrounded by the Andean mountains in the south of Ecuador. This inland colonial town (entroterra), now the country’s third city, was founded in 1557 on the rigorous planning guidelines issued 30 years earlier by the Spanish king Charles V.

Unesco WHS list ref:  863

I have never been to Ecuador.

From my collection

cuenca

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Sangay National Park

Brief description

With its outstanding natural beauty and two active volcanoes, the park illustrates the entire spectrum of ecosystems, ranging from tropical rainforests to glaciers, with striking contrasts between the snowcapped peaks and the forests of the plains. Its isolation has encouraged the survival of indigenous species such as the mountain tapir and the Andean condor.

Unesco WHS list ref: 260

I have never been to Ecuador.

From my collection

I don’t have any cards from this site yet.

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Galápagos Islands

Brief description

Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km from the South American continent, these 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. Located at the confluence of 3 ocean currents, the Galápagos are a ‘melting pot’ of marine species.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1

I have never been to Ecuador.

From my collection

galapagos

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I have spare cards available of some of the unique wildlife on this site – scans will be added later.

City of Quito

Brief description

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 2,850 m. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the ‘Baroque school of Quito’, which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art.

Unesco WHS list ref:  2

I have never been to Ecuador.

From my collection

quito

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Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System

Brief description

This site is an extensive Inca communication, trade and defence network of roads covering 30,000 km, constructed by the Incas over several centuries.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1459

From my collection

If this site includes the trail up to Macchu Pichu, then I have cards, will investigate before scanning!

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