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A Marvelous Display of Yellow in Ecuador

Los turistas se preparan para pasar la primera noche en Mangahurco. La naturaleza nos ofrece un atardecer increíble en medio de los primeros árboles frorecidos de Guayacán. Foto de la cuenta en Flickr Amalavida.tv. bajo licencia Creative Commons.

Tourists prepare to spend their first night in Mangahurco, Ecuador, among the first blooming Guayacan trees. Photo courtesy of Flickr Amalavida.tv., licensed under Creative Commons.

At the end of January, the Guayacan trees start blooming in parts of Ecuador. It means spring has arrived, and thousands of people gather to watch this spectacularly colorful event unfold.

The province of Loja has more than 40,000 hectares (98,842 acres) of dry forest on the border parishes of Cazederos, Bolaspamba, and Mangahurco in Zapotillo Canton located in southern Ecuador. Here in this vast region you can see the all the magic of the Guayacan trees with their fine, delicate yellow flowers painting the landscape. 

The Ministry of Tourism has been sharing online videos of the trees, using the hashtag #GuayacanesEcE and #Mangahurco:

The government's Twitter account, @TurismoEc, has also tweeted impressive statistics about the number of people who tuned in to online video streams in 2014 to see the Guayacan trees:

 Nearly 23,000 people worldwide tuned in to the blooming #GuayacanesEC 

Many people shared photos and comments under the hashtag #GuayacanesEc. User WToledo showed his appreciation for the Guayacan documentary and tweeted the same hashtag.

Very nice report @TurismoEc #GuayacanesEC @EcuadorTravel Loja-Zapotillo-Mangaurco 

Meanwhile Susana Pazmiño shared a family photo from Mangahurco:

 Jorge Enrique and José Salvador in Mangahurco watching the blossoming of the #GuayacanesEc 

Twitter user Pipe said his visit was unforgettable:  

I'll never forget experiencing the blooming of the #GuayacanesEc #retodeldia 

The blooming of the Guayacan trees has no precise beginning or end, though it's expected to last until February 1, this year.

Posts from people on the ground this year are already flooding social media. Carlos Jumbo flooded his own Twitter feed with related hashtags:

 #Loja #Zapotillo #Guayacanes #Turismo #Próximos;)

The online newspaper Machala Movil invited people to pack their bags and visit southern Ecuador, to see trees in action.

 #Loja | With the beginning of winter you can see the blooming of the #Guayacanes. Pack your bags! #Turismo. 

Ricardo Medina was able to capture the Guayacanes’ beauty in a photograph he posted online:

Dazzling shades of color and natural beauty announce it's spring #Ecuador #Turismo 

As part of an organized schedule by residents and officials, there are additional activities available to visitors to explore the local landscape, including guided hikes, biking trails, horseback riding, murals, craft fairs, photo exhibits, and the chance to plant and sponsor your own Guayacan tree. 

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