NONO: THE COUNTRYSIDE OF THE ANDES
Everyone has an image of what the idyllic countryside is. It usually brings us back to our memories in nature. That place with color-changing agricultural fields, with dirt roads in which you got mud on your shoes in rainy days, and early mornings to help milk the cows; anecdotes that marked our childhood or the rural past.
That image is still alive in Nono, a quaint village of less than two thousand people located only 30 minutes west from Quito. It shows a captivating rural landscape that has not been affected by monoculture and mass production. The rugged topography of the Andes has protected the land with steep slopes covered with primary forests and native vegetation. This has led to an ecological corridor that guards a healthy ecosystem and connects the summit of the Pichincha volcano with subtropical forests.
For many centuries, Nono was the gateway to Quito for the cultures of the northeast. The land was distributed among a few that established places for farming. Until today, 40% belongs to large haciendas (farms). So, if you want to explore the area, you most likely need to get into private property to feel the peacefulness of rural life.
You can learn more about our experience to an amazing viewpoint of the mountains and how to get there (Spanish) on:
for Escape Natura