Santo Domingo, Ecuador

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Santo Domingo de los Colorados
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Flag of Santo Domingo de los Colorados
Official seal of Santo Domingo de los Colorados
Santo Domingo de los Colorados is located in Ecuador
Santo Domingo de los Colorados
Santo Domingo de los Colorados
Coordinates: 00°15′15″S 79°10′19″W / 0.25417°S 79.17194°W / -0.25417; -79.17194Coordinates: 00°15′15″S 79°10′19″W / 0.25417°S 79.17194°W / -0.25417; -79.17194[1]
Country Ecuador
Province Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas
Canton Santo Domingo de los Colorados
Created May 29, 1861
Named for Los Colorados, Jesus
Urban Parishes
 • Mayor Verónica Zurita Castro
 • City 1,092.89 km2 (421.97 sq mi)
 • Metro 3,446.65 km2 (1,330.76 sq mi)
Elevation 625 m (2,051 ft)
Population (2010 census)
 • City 305,632
 • Density 280/km2 (720/sq mi)
 • Metro 368,013
Demonym Santodomingueño
Area code(s) (+593) 02
Website (Spanish)

Santo Domingo de los Colorados,[2] simply referred to as Santo Domingo, is a city and seat of the canton that bears its name. It is the fourth most populous city in Ecuador with a population of over 305,000, is an important commercial and industrial center, and serves as the capital of the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas Province.[3]


The name, "de los Colorados", refers to a local ethnic group, the Tsáchila, and the custom of men in that tribe to dye their hair with extract of the achiote plant; hence "Santo Dominigo de los Colorados" or "Santo Domingo of the Dyed." This group, which is indigenous to the area, is recognised with a substantial statue near the town center.


Santo Domingo is located approximately 133 km west of Quito at an altitude of 625 m. Santo Domingo lies in the foothills west of the Andes. It is important stopping point on the road from Quito to the Pacific coast. The city also connects other lowland cities like Quevedo, Chone, and Quinindé.

The city is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santo Domingo de los Colorados.


Santo Domingo has a tropical humid climate. Average temperatures hover around 71 degrees Fahrenheit.[4] Like many other cities on this side of the Andes it floods easily. Roads between Quito and coastal cities such as Esmeraldas and Manta are often washed out and require frequent work.


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