Guaranda Recommended

Guaranda, capital of the Bolivar province and a small city of 25,000 inhabitants, is on first impressions a typical South American colonial city.

Its steep narrow streets embrace white-washed houses and colourful shops and bars, while its smiling residents, dressed in a mixture of outfits encompassing the traditional and the modern, stop to chat to one another.

What hardly anybody knows about Guaranda is that the plaza has been designed by the most famous artist of the country, Oswaldo Guayasamin.

An open follower of Fidel Castro and a startlingly bold painter, Guayasamin incorporated a rounded socialist symbol into the centrepiece of Guaranda´s square and so communicated his message to the town through his art.

Guaranda is famous for the great celebration of Carnaval that fills the city with people from all over the country, enjoying the festivities.

On any other day of the year Guaranda is still a great place to visit. The tranquil surroundings and friendly people make this little mountain town a great stop in the Andes. Nearby Salinas is a fun stop for those interested in Fairtrade and community based tourism.


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In the north Bolivar borders to Cotopaxi, west to Guayas and Manabi, south to Guayas and east to Chimborazo.



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