The Humboldt House, as identified, was built very close to the Antisana volcano, between the Pichincha and Napo provinces, at 3,900 meters above sea level.
From that point, at the beginning of the 19th century, the German naturalist and geographer delved into his research on the need to conserve the environment and on the effects of climate change.
The idea is to restore the house, which has been uninhabited for decades, but retains elements such as the volcanic stones on its walls and the thatched roof, as well as the wood.
In addition to the reconstruction of the house, to rescue Humboldt’s ideas, the objective of both governments is to create a museum in which scientists and visitors can get closer to the studies carried out by the researcher.
According to the German embassy in Ecuador, the rehabilitation is part of a joint project of historical and environmental conservation, in which the European nation will contribute 54,500 dollars.
During the inauguration of the work, the general manager of the Metropolitan Public Water and Sanitation Company of Quito, Luis Medina, said: ‘Today is a historic day. We started the restoration project of this emblematic site for our country, at the foot of the Antisana, in this place that evokes the passage of Alejandro von Humboldt through Ecuador ‘.
For his part, the German ambassador, Phillipp Schauer, assured that the remodeling will contribute to the conservation efforts and studies in this Andean territory to understand nature.
Humboldt created the first vegetation maps of Ecuador, toured its main volcanoes, set a record for the time of ascent to Chimborazo and delved into his naturalistic studies from the slopes of Antisana, in the building that is now being rehabilitated.
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