Ecuador

Key Country Facts

Population: 16 million
Historical & Interesting Facts:

the country gets its name from the Spanish word “ecuador”, meaning equator!

Top Activities and Places to Visit:

Mitad del Mundo, Galapagos Islands, Quito

In Ecuador, roughly 16,080,778 Ecuadorians in a country slightly smaller than Nevada (2016). The capital is Quito. The official language here is Castillian Spanish, but Quechua and Shuar are common languages also spoken. Roman Catholicism is the main religion practiced here. Ecuador has two time zones. Mainland time is the same as EST, while the Galapagos Islands is one hour behind EST.

A fun fact is that the country gets its name from the Spanish word “ecuador”, meaning equator. Travelers would enjoy visiting the equator at the park Mitad del Mundo, or “Middle of the World”. Travelers should also visit the series of volcanic islands known Galapagos Islands. Here one will enjoy unique wildlife life, kayaking, snorkeling, safaris, yachting, and the like.

One fun fact is that the capital city is Quito. The city is situated at the base of a volcano, making the city prone to earthquakes! In fact the world’s largest volcano, Cotopaxi, is located in Ecuador.

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UN Recognized Countries

193

Countries Visited

150

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Costa Rica