All you need is Ecuador
L ocated in the northwestern part of South America. Bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. In 2013 Ecuador was officially named “Country of Orchids” because of ten wild plants, four are orchids. And in 2008 as the “Land of Hummingbirds” as it is home to 124 species of this bird.
Ecuador’s official language is Spanish, spoken by 98% of the population, along with other thirteen recognized indigenous languages, including Quechua and Shuar.
In 2014 they entered the country an estimated 1.3 million foreign tourists, which positions Ecuador as one of the regional leaders in receiving international tourism. In addition to this, in recent years the country has received increased recognition of tourism, including ‘Lonely Planet’ who considered him as one of the places to visit in 2013, ‘World Travel’ who called the Galapagos Islands as the “best green target level world “in 2012.
It may be the smallest Andean country, but it has four distinct and contrasting regions. The Costa, or coastal plain, grows enough bananas to make the country the world’s largest exporter of the fruit. The Sierra, or Andean uplands, offers productive farmland. Oil from The Oriente, jungles east of the Andes, enriches the economy.
The Galápagos Islands, volcanic islands 960 kilometers west of Ecuador, bring tourism revenue with its unique reptiles, endemic birds, mammals, and plants.
Quito. It was the first city, along with Krakow, to be declared the first World Cultural Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1978.
Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands has a tropical climate along the coast, becoming cooler inland and at higher elevations. A tropical climate is also present in the Amazonian jungle lowlands.
Even with all the natural wonders found in Ecuador, it is the people that make an Ecuadorian experience truly memorable and rewarding.
The overwhelming majority of Ecuadorians remain resilient, polite, remarkably cheerful, very courteous and welcoming towards visitors.
Ecuador has been the world’s largest exporter of bananas. Other exports include: roses and orchids, cacao (chocolate), shrimp, wood, hemp, fish.