Ecuador

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The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.
Sir Richard Burton

Ecuador

General Facts 

  • Population: 16,690,405 people
  • Capital: Quito; 2,671,191 people
  • Area: 109,483 square miles
  • Language:  Spanish
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Life Expectancy: 76 years old
  • GDP per Capita:U$D. $5,439 per year
  • Literacy Percent: 94.5 

Other Fun Facts:

  • Ecuador was named after the equator which runs through the country, the only country in the world named after a geographical feature.
  • Ecuador and Peru battled over control of Ecuador’s Amazon territories for well over a century, in what became the Western Hemisphere’s longest-running dispute over territory. It ended in May of 1999 with both countries signing an agreement.
  • The world’s very first and second UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in Ecuador. The Galápagos Islands and Quito.
  • In spite its border conflicts, Ecuador has been peaceful in recent years. Presently it is one of the safest South American countries to visit.
  • Ecuador is the world’s largest exporter of bananas, exporting 2.7 billion worth of them annually.
  • Ecuador has used the American Dollar as its national currency since 2000.
  • Ecuador is the 9th most biodiverse country in the world and offers much for visitors to see and do.
  • Spanish is Ecuador’s official language but there are 13 recognized indigenous languages that are also spoken.

Our Suggestions

  • The Galapagos Islands:  Dive with schools of hammerheads, manta rays, whale sharks, penguins, and seals.  The only place in the world you can. 
  • Head to the jungle for a river cruise or jungle trek on the Amazon.
  • Straddle the equator outside of Quito.
  • Trek the many volcanoes active and inactive throughout the country.
  • Head out to Baños de Agua Santa to take in the sites and chill in a wonderful mountain town

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