Pope Francis leaving Ecuador

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Latin America\’s first pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time, bringing a message of solidarity with the poor and with an ailing planet. It was the first visit by a pontiff to Ecuador in three decades, and thousands of excited people massed to greet him. The next stop on the pope’s South American tour is Bolivia.

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Tour to the Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador

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Cotopaxi is one of South America’s most famous volcanoes and one of its most active ones. It has produced more than 50 eruptions since the 16th century. It last erupted in 1877, and it destroyed Latacunga, but now a days the volcano is not showing any activity. Stratovolcano is located on the Eastern Cordillera of the Ecuadorian Andes, 60 km south of Quito. It is the biggest attraction at the Cotopaxi Volcano National Park. It reaches a height of over 6,000 meters. Over 4,500 m there is snow.

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Galapagos Gaint Tortoise

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The giant tortoise is probably the best known of all Galapagos animals and even gave the archipelago its name; \’Galapago\’ means tortoise in Spanish and may derive from the word for saddle, referring to the distinctive saddle-like shell of some of the tortoises. The Gal├ípagos giant tortoise is the largest living species of tortoise, reaching weights of over 400 kilograms and lengths of 1.8 meters. It is a very slow-moving animal, moving only 0.16 miles per hour. The Galapagos tortoise is an herbivoreWhat does herbivore mean? that eats prickly pear cactus and fruits, bromeliads, water ferns, leaves, and grasses. It is among the longest lived of all vertebrates. Life expectancy in the wild is over 100 years, and the oldest known individual is estimated to have reached at least 170 years of age. The Galapagos tortoise has a good sense of smell and smells all of its food before eating it. The tortoise is endemic to seven volcanic islands of the Gal├ípagos archipelago, lying west of Ecuador.

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