Straddled across the Andes on the most westerly point of south America.
Between Colombia and Peru, Ecuador is the smallest of the Andean countries.
a long a varied culture for such a small country. But its culture
has been forgotten in the midst of more prominent cultures in neighboring
Peru and Colombia.
The republic of Ecuador took it's name in the early 1800 from the
equatorial line that runs through its heart. As far as the rest of
the world was corncerned , this geographical peculiarity will long
remain Ecuador's major claim to fame
divide the country into three regions, the coastal plain, known as
the costa, the Andean mountains, known as the Sierra, and the Amazon
jungle or Oriente. The fourth region is the Galapagos Islands.These
is a group of volcanic islands located in the Pacific Ocean some 620
miles due west of mainland. For outsiders the Galapagos Islands are
consider a giant natural laboratory. This trend started in 1835 when
Charles Darwin studied wildlife in the Galapagos Islands. And wrote
his Theory on Evolution based on his findings at the Islands.
for many years travellers from around the world came to Ecuador and
published adventure-spiced volumes about their experiences, recounting
a land of fantastic animals, iced-capped volcanoes, and impenetrable
on the ecuator, Eucador lacks the four seasons of the temperate zones.
But because of the high altitude of the Andes every region has a very
landscapes contains an exquisite array of volcanoes, water , valleys
and tropical forest. As a tourist destination Ecuador is one of the
safest countries to travel to in Latin America. It is also very affordable
and its people is easy going and genuinely welcome tourists.
of Ecuadoris around 13 million, about half of whom live in the cities.
The country is divided into 21 provinces, many of them named after
mountains (Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Pichincha) The capital is Quito,
situated in the Northern sierra at an altitude of 2800 meters. It
has 1.5 million people. Guayaquil is the largest city with a population
nearing 2 million.