134km (83 miles) W of Quito; 287km (178 miles) N of Guayaquil; 185km (115 miles) E of Esmeraldas
Set in the lowlands just below the western slope of the Andes, Santo Domingo de los Colorados is a major transportation hub connecting coastal and southern Ecuador with Quito and the rest of the country. It is also in the center some of the country's most productive agricultural lands, where bananas, palm nuts, pineapples, cacao, and more are grown.
The city gets its name from the local indigenous group, the Tsachilas, who paint their hair a bright red using an achiote paste. Seeing this, the early Spaniards dubbed them los colorados (the colored ones). When the area was colonized and converted by Dominican priests, the town was christened Santo Domingo de los Colorados.
Red-Haired Boys -- Although they only number some 3,000, the Tsachila are one of the most distinctive indigenous groups in Ecuador, well known for their healers and shamans. Today, the Tsachila live in eight...more local info
- That place is a magic world because here exist differents believes about Cultural God, history of the past about of the ethnia Tsachila. And different...