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Ecuadorian Andes

The Ecuadorian Andes are an enormous quilt of earthen patches that spreads over the central highlands, separating the arid coast to the west from the Amazon rainforests in the east.  They are something to behold, a chorus of green that sings continuously through the central spine of the country, offering endless new wonder around every hairpin turn and behind every passing cloud.  The slopes, tiled with crop fields and cow pastures, appear as enormous mosaics of jade and emerald that glimmer under waves of golden sunlight like the gleam on some great Incan treasure.


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