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 THE ANDES PROVINCES
The Sierra lies between the western and eastern ranges of the Andes Mountains - the Cordillera Occidental [Western Chain] and the Cordillera Oriental [the Eastern Chain]. The Valley has been populated and its land cultivated for many centuries. Nestled in the valley is Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Of the two mountain ranges, the Cordillera Oriental is wider and higher; however, Mount Chimborazo, the highest peak in Ecuador, is part of the Cordillera Occidental.

The Sierra also contains volcanoes, of which six are still active. The world's highest active volcano is Cotopaxi, which reaches 5,897 metres or 19,348 feet.

Sierra Provinces:

Province Capital
Azuay Cuenca
Bolivar Guaranda
Cañar Azogues
Carchi Tulcan
Cotopaxi Latacunga
Chimborazo Riobamba
Imbabura Ibarra
Loja Loja
Pichincha Quito
Tungurahua Ambato


Last updated 5th July 2006


|Article contributed by Dominic Hamilton|||
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