The 7 Patrimonies of Humanity that Ecuador has

For several weeks I have been recommending some tourist places in Ecuador, and I even tell you a little about my experience about these places so they can feel how magical it is. Today I got to thinking, it will be that all those who read me know that in Ecuador there are 7 icons declared World Heritage by Unesco. Reviewing the previous post I have noticed that I have spoken of two of the magical city of Quito and the ancestral fabric of straw hats. But if you have not read them and want to know the 7 icons of Ecuador, read the following post.


Quito is the capital of Ecuador, has a cold climate since it is located in the region of the Andes, its wonderful, colonial architecture, makes visitors fall in love with this city, was named as a cultural heritage by UNESCO in 1978. In Quito you can do religious tourism, visit several parks, climb the cable car where you can take a beautiful walk with stunning panoramic views of the capital, you can also give yourself the luxury of knowing half the world, and perform unique activities in the middle of the world pass the two hemispheres, you will also find a museum where you will learn about the Ecuadorian culture.

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands, known around the world as the "Enchanted Islands", have been awarded several recognitions. They were declared a National Park in 1959. In 1978, UNESCO declared them Natural Heritage of Humanity, and in 1985, a Biosphere Reserve. In 1986 the sea that surrounds the Galapagos Islands was declared a marine reserve. In 2001 UNESCO adheres to the declaration of Natural Heritage of Humanity, other recognitions such as: Whale Sanctuary, Biosphere Reserve and RASMAR Site (for the protection of wetlands)

Sangay National Park

It was declared a Natural Patrimony of Humanity in 1983. It covers an impressive variety of landscapes and ecosystems, having a wide area of 518,000 hectares. To the north and east are the imposing mountains of the Andes. The park constitutes one of the protected areas with the greatest biological diversity in Ecuador. It has around 3,000 species of flora and in what refers to fauna, it has 400 species of birds, 107 species of mammals, 20 species of amphibians, 11 species of reptiles and 8 species of fish. Recent studies have also identified 35 butterfly species in the páramo.


Cuenca is a city in Ecuador declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999 due to its beautiful historic buildings, and it is one of the most touristic places in the country. Here we find a large number of buildings of colonial style and republican of great beauty; the archaeological zone; the artisan neighborhoods (of colonial origin); You can also visit the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the National Park Cajas where you can perform different activities, from horseback riding, hiking, camping, hiking and fishing.

Traditional fabric of toquilla straw hats

The "Traditional fabric of the Ecuadorian straw hat" was declared as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, a title granted by UNESCO, since December 5, 2012. The straw hat is woven with the fibers of a peculiar palm tree that grows on the coasts of Ecuador. The fabric of a hat can last from one day to eight months, depending on its quality and fineness. In the coastal community of Pile, the weavers make extra-fine hats that require the existence of specific climatic conditions and an exact number of points in each row of the fabric.

The way of the Inca

It is a masterful network of road communication that extended to six countries of South America, the trails, which served the Inca to control its empire (Tahuantisuyo), extend from Argentina to Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, and were united by a network of roads that constituted the Qhapaq Ñan (Quechua Inca Trail). Which was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, a distinction that recognizes the ingenuity of a pre-Hispanic system that surprised the world.

Zápara Language

The Zápara people live in a region of the Amazon jungle located between Peru and Ecuador. Settled in one of the regions of the world richest in biodiversity, the Záparas are the last representatives of an ethnolinguistic group that included many other populations before the Spanish conquest. The current situation of the Zápara people is critical and the risk of extinction is not excluded. In 2001, the number of zaparas did not exceed 300 (200 in Peru and 100 in Ecuador), of which only 5, over 70 years old, still speak the Zápara language. In order to maintain the cultural and linguistic roots of the Záparos, a bilingual school has been created on the site so that, from an early age, they can learn the language of their ancestors, use it and avoid the extinction of the now universal heritage.

I hope you have enjoyed this information, tell us in the comments that you thought and if you dare to travel to Ecuador. Remember that you can follow us on our social networks where we are uploading new content every day.  Facebook , Twitter Instagram.

Posted on 07/25/2018 by Jean Chávez Tourism, Galápagos, Pichincha, Cotopaxi 0 25969

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