There are two parallel ranges of mountains in Ecuador, both connected and traversed by immense ridges, forming the Ecuadorian Highlands or commonly known as “Páramos” or Sierra. In the Northern páramos, there are ten snowcapped volcanic summits over 5000 mt. Each majestically showing its own personality and profile . In the Southern páramos, the mountains are older and lower, compiling a dramatic topography of bare sculpted peaks and deep valleys.
The two main branches in the Andes are Western and Eastern Ranges, in between, spread and lies several evergreen valleys. These inter Andean valleys, shelter a dense indigenous population, which main activity is producing fruits, vegetables, grains, and daily products. A wilder vegetation and scenery is to be found on the outer slopes of the Andes which are shrouded in the mists that rise from the tropical lowlands, forming the immense cloud forest. In fact, these páramos are home of colorful flowers such as gentians, bromeliads, fuchsias, (chuquiraguas, achupallas, etc.) as well as a diversity of birds and mammals, among them we can mention Condors, hummingbirds, masked bear, Andean fox, great horned owl etc.
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