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35 Free photos from the Ambato Market, Ecuador

Ambato, Ecuador lies in northwestern South America. Ambato (San Juan de Ambato) is a city in the centre of Ecuador, lying on the banks of the Ambato River. It is the capital of the province of Tungurahua, at an elevation of 2,600 meters above sea level. The population is about 155,000.


The city is a leading commercial and transportation center on a fertile region near the northern foot of the volcano Tungurahua, which is still active with a major eruption way back in August 2006. On Mondays the city hosts one of the largest fruits, vegetables, and assorted meats markets in the country. Look at the below pictures of this market with its indigenous people and their produce. In addition, Ambato casts the famous "Fiesta de las Flores y de las Frutas" (Flowers and Fruits Festival) in February. As a way to recover from the tragic earthquake of August 5, 1949, Ambato began its tradition of the Fruits and Flowers Festival. It is now a major tourist attraction held in the city. During this time, schools and businesses close for different varieties of parades and shows, and a "Queen of Ambato" is also chosen from representatives of each high school, some government offices, and the police force.


The earthquake of August 5, 1949 destroyed most of the city, leaving few buildings of the colonial era. Landmarks include the mausoleum of Juan Montalvo, the estate of Juan León Mera, and the white Ambato Cathedral.
Ambato is also where, on November 12, 1821, Antonio José de Sucre achieved a major victory over the Spanish Royalist Army during the war for independence. This date is now an official holiday in the city. Famous people from Ambato include master painter Aníbal Villacís and professional poker player Carlos Mortensen. The name Ambato comes from the name of several species  of toad (jambato). These toads are either endangered or extinct. A new mall with a movie theater has recently been built called "El Mall de Los Andes".

 

(Text and map of Ecuador adapted from: Ambato (2008). From Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia)

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Free pictures of scenes at the nearby market in Ambato, Ecuador. Photos of nearby towns and destinations are separate.

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Tree tomatoes on sale at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Early morning scene at the market in Ambato, Ecuador

 

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Local people and clothing at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Local people and clothing at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Delivery trucks at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Delivery trucks at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Local people, clothing and onions at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Onions for sale at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Balloons for sale at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Local people and clothing and products at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Local people and clothing and products at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Papayas, onions and other produce for sale at the market in Ambato, Ecuadorfor sale at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Papayas, onions and other produce for sale at the market in Ambato, Ecuadorfor sale at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Papayas, grapes and other produce for sale at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Tangerines/citrus for sale at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Plantains for sale at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Delivery truck at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Delivery truck at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Bags of rice (arroz) at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Local people enjoying food at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Local people and clothing at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Textiles at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Local people enjoying food at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Local people enjoying food at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Ancient bus/truck at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Local people and clothing at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Local woman with huge child on her back at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Local people and clothing at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Local people and clothing at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Local child gazing at gringas at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Local people and clothing at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Bus assistant on the roof of a bus at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Textiles and rope for sale across the street from the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Local people and clothing (school uniforms) at the market in Ambato, Ecuador
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Ambato, capital de la provincia del Tungurahua, se encuentra en el centro de la sierra del Ecuador. Esta hermosa ciudad es conocida como Ciudad de las Flores y de las Frutas, Cuna de los Tres Juanes, Ciudad Cosmopolita, Jardín del Ecuador". Esta cuenta con establecimientos educativos tan prestigiosos como lo es el Colegio Diocesano San Pio X, el cual ha conseguido la certificacion de calidad iso 9001 ademas han recibido recientemente el primer premio iberoamericano a la excelencia educativa en Panama. Este colegio ha sido recomendado como el mejor de la zona de la provicia, de la ciudad, y uno de los mejores del pais. La población de ciudad de Ambato es de 287.282 habitantes (censo de población, INEC 2001). Su clima es Templado seco y la temperatura es de aproximadamente 14 y 19 grados centígrados. Esta asentada en la rivera del río Ambato, del cual toma su nombre. A sus habitantes se les denomina ambateños.


Ambato fue destruida varias veces por terremotos y erupciones, su última destrucción fue el 5 de agosto de 1949: un terremoto destruyó la ciudad casi en su totalidad pero, gracias a la tenacidad de sus habitantes, se logró levantar nuevamente en menos de dos años, en honor a esta lucha se celebra la "Fiesta de las Flores y las Frutas" en los días de Carnaval. Esta celebración ha trascendido fronteras y hoy por hoy es una de las fiestas más importantes del Ecuador.

Ambato es la ciudad cuna de varios hombres ilustres entre los cuales se encuentran Juan Montalvo (gran ensayista del siglo XIX), Juan León Mera (autor de la letra del Himno Nacional del Ecuador) y Juan Benigno Vela.

(Adaptatdo de: Ambato (2008). De Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre)







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