World Heritage Sites in Ecuador

Old City of Quito

(0.233 S 78.50 W) --
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Founded by the Spanish in 1534 on the ruins of an Inca city, Quito is the capital of Ecuador and of Pichincha Province. The city is situated on the lower slopes of Pichincha volcano in a narrow, fertile valley of the Andes Mountains at an elevation of 2850m (9350 ft) above sea level.

Galapagos National Park, including the Galapagos Islands

( 0.30 S 90.30 W) --
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The Galapagos consist of 19 islands scattered over roughly 60,000 sq km (24,000 sq mi) of equatorial Pacific Ocean. These islands are home to many unusual animals including the Galapagos Tortoise. These tortoises are considered to be one of the longest living animals on earth.

Sangay National Park

(1.45-2.25 S 78.07-78.52 W) --
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Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca

(2.88 S 78.98 W) --
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Qhapaq Nan, Andean Road System

(multiple sites)

Joint listing with Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. This site is a network of roads constructed by the Incas over several centuries covering 30,000km and includes 273 component sites. The network links the snow-capped peaks of the Andes at an altitude of more than 6,000 m to the coast, running through hot rainforests, fertile valleys and absolute deserts.

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Last updated: May 6, 2021