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Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas

Altitude: 625 m (2,051 ft)
Population: 305,000
Phone Code: 02

Located in the lush central lowland area of northern Ecuador, Santo Domingo de los Colorados is a huge transportation hub that links Quito and the Sierra to the coastal regions of Ecuador. The city is 129 kilometers (80 mi) from Quito and the area is of great importance to the banana industry, hence the good road links.

The city itself is dusty, noisy and polluted, not unlike other coastal lowland towns. However, the surrounding forests offer fabulous opportunities for bird watching, and form part of the Choco biodiversity region, meaning there's lots of wildlife to see.

The population of the town itself is an interesting mix. The area has been a major draw point for Colombian immigrants that come south in search of better opportunities. Additionally, the area is famed for its Tsáchila indigenous people, well-known for their use of an achiote dye to color their hair red. The people no longer wear their traditional outfits, except for special occasions.


Other places nearby Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas: Canoa, Bahía de Caráquez , Yunguilla, Chamanga, Atacames, San Clemente, Same, Súa, Puerto Quito and Manta City.

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Things to do in Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas

Visit a Tsáchila Community

One really worthwhile trip if you’re at a loose end in the area is to head out to a Tsáchila community. The group is known for the fact that the men dye their hair red with achiote. A typical ...
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Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Ecuador
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