Tungurahua Province

Tungurahua (Spanish: Provincia del Tungurahua, literally Province of the Tungurahua; pronounced [tuŋɡuˈɾawa]) is one of the twenty-four provinces of Ecuador. Its capital is Ambato. The province takes its name from the Tungurahua volcano, which is located within the boundaries of the provinces.

Province of Tungurahua
Landscape near Baños
Landscape near Baños
Flag of Tungurahua
Tungurahua Province in Ecuador
Tungurahua Province in Ecuador
Cantons of Tungurahua Province
Cantons of Tungurahua Province
Coordinates: 1°14′S 78°37′W / 1.233°S 78.617°W / -1.233; -78.617
List of cantons
  • Ambato
  • Baños de Agua Santa
  • Cevallos
  • Mocha
  • Patate
  • Quero
  • San Pedro de Pelileo
  • Santiago de Pillaro
  • Tisaleo
 • Provincial PrefectFernando Naranjo (Unidad Intercultural)
 • Total3,386.25 km2 (1,307.44 sq mi)
2,600 m (8,500 ft)
Highest elevation
5,016 m (16,457 ft)
Lowest elevation
900 m (3,000 ft)
 (2011)INEC decadal national census
 • Total581,389
 • Density170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (ECT)
Vehicle registrationT
HDI (2017)0.768[1]
high · 4th


In 2011, Tungurahua had an estimated population of 581,389.[2] Approximately 10% of that population is made up of indigenous peoples, while another 70% are of mestizo or mixed race heritage. The final 20% is made up of peoples of African, Asian, and European ancestry.


The province has a dry, temperate climate. Like all mountainous areas, the region experiences the phenomenon known as microclimates, in which small portions of the province have drastically different conditions from others due to winds and area pressure.

Generally though, Tungurahua experiences temperatures between 14 and 17 degree Celsius in the day-time, with cooler nights. At higher altitudes, conditions are much colder. Despite the area being near the Equator, mountains such as Carihuayrazo and Chimborazo are covered in snow for much of the year.[3]


The province is very mountainous, containing the Tungurahua volcano near Baños, as well as bordering the Carihuayrazo and Chimborazo volcanoes to the south. Baños attracts the highest number of tourists. The principal river of the province is the Patate River, which flows to the east toward the Amazon Region.[4]

Political divisionEdit

The province is divided into nine cantons which stretch from Ambato in the west to Baños in the east. The following table lists each with its population at the 2001 census, its area in square kilometres (km2), and the name of the canton seat or capital.[5]

Canton Pop. (2011) Area (km2) Seat/Capital
Ambato 387,282 1,009 Ambato (San Juan de Ambato)
Baños 19,112 1,065 Baños (Baños de Agua Santa)
Cevallos 8,873 19 Cevallos
Mocha 8,371 86 Mocha
Patate 16,771 315 Patate
Pelileo 58,988 202 Pelileo (San Pedro de Pelileo)
Píllaro 44,925 443 Píllaro (Santiago de Píllaro)
Quero 23,187 173 Quero (Santiago de Quero)
Tisaleo 14,525 59 Tisaleo

Places of interestEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Villalba, Juan. "Human Development Index in Ecuador". Scribd (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  2. ^ Population of the Honorable Consejo Provincial de Tungurahua Archived 2009-04-12 at the Wayback Machine. 21 July 2009.
  3. ^ Territory of the Honorable Consejo Provincial de Tungurahua Archived 2009-08-28 at the Wayback Machine. 21 July 2009.
  4. ^ Population of the Honorable Consejo Provincial de Tungurahua Archived 2009-04-12 at the Wayback Machine. 21 July 2009.
  5. ^ Cantons of Ecuador. Statoids.com. Retrieved 4 November 2009.

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