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Ecuador

Ecuador, a postcard worthy country offers an array of wonders, packed into this small corner of South America. Spanish colonial centers, waves splashing onto white-sand beaches, remote Inca villages, Amazonian rainforest and the breathtaking Andes all invoke the adventurous spirit. The rich marine and wildlife of the Galápagos Islands is a delight for every traveler. This beautiful country is a paradise of nature, wildlife, and history all together.

The Country of Four Worlds

This tiny country offers an array of indigenous cultures, colonial architecture, scenic landscapes, rich heritage, wildlife, and dense rainforest - a potpourri  which makes it one of the most fascinating places to visit.

 

The equator runs through Ecuador and is the center of our planet, bordered by Columbia to the northeast and Peru to the southeast. The capital, Quito, is awash with 17th-century churches and monasteries, and beautifully restored mansions. Wandering the cobblestone streets amid architectural treasures from Spanish colonial days and local markets is a blow back into its colored history. No surprise that Quito is listed by UNESCO as a premier world heritage site.

 

The famous Galápagos Islands, with their volcanic, otherworldly landscapes, are a magnet for wildlife lovers. You can get within spitting distance of massive lumbering tortoises, scurrying marine iguanas (the world’s only seagoing lizard), doe-eyed sea lions, prancing blue-footed boobies and a host of other unique species both on land and sea. A photographer's delight!

 

Visiting the Andean highlands is like stepping into a fairy tale: a patchwork of small villages, gurgling streams and rolling fields with condors circling overhead. These sublime and verdant landscapes make a fine backdrop for mountain biking, horseback riding or hiking from village to village or relaxing in natural hot springs. The entire “Avenue of the Volcanoes” a 200 mile stretch is home to some of the world’s tallest peaks and active volcanoes.

 

The territory colonized by Spain in the 16th century for its minerals and precious stones, achieved independence in 1820 as a part of Gran Columbia and finally emerged as a sovereign state in 1830. Spanish is the official language spoken by the majority of the population. 17.1 million people are mestizos, with a large minority of European, Amerindian, and African descendants. 

 

If you are a climber, trekker, adventurer, a nature lover or wildlife admirer then the rainbow that is Ecuador will mesmerize you.

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People, food and culture

The distinct culture of Ecuador is ancient yet vibrant. It's basically a mix of European colonial influence layered on top of millenia old customs. Almost everyone in this country has a mixed-race background resulting in tremendous cultural diversity with unique customs and traditions.   The majority of citizens are Spanish speaking Catholics, which is also the official language of the country. In recent years English has emerged as a second language in business and tourism cities of Ecuador. In fact, Cuenca is home to a fast growing population of American expats.   The predominant religions are Roman Catholic. Indigenous Ecuadorians have, however, blended Catholicism and their traditional beliefs. The country has freedom of religion and there are even small populations of other Christian groups like Adventists, Mormons, and Evangelicals. Holiday seasons like Christmas and Easter are a fascinating time to visit the country.   Ecuador boasts of different types of cuisine depending on which area you are in. The food mainly consists of soup, stews, corn pancakes, eggs, seafood ceviche, suckling pig, and lechón. Because of its fertile land, the country produces an amazing variety of fruits like bananas, melons, guavas, star fruit, passion fruit, some not seen in any other part of the world.

  • Languages spoken:

    Spanish

  • Fun Fact

    Ecuador is one of 17 megadiverse countries in the world and has the most biodiversity per square kilometre of any nation.

  • One reason you should go here

    The stunning wonder that is the Galapagos islands

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