ONE DESTINATION, FOUR WORLDS
Ecuador is a micro-universe of sensations and flavors in the middle of the planet. A unique country where different Latin-American cultures, people and landscapes merge to form a perfect blend.
The place where life manifested its greatness through a diversity of colors, sounds, smells and tastes.
Here, in the middle of the world, the people who form this small country, has decided that it is in their power to conserve a sustainable paradise. The made commitment goes beyond trying to reduce waste and conserve the environment.
Ecuador is located in the northwest of South America and is crossed by the equinoctial line. It is divided into 4 regions: Galápagos, Coastline (Costa), Andes and Amazon.
Ecuador is one of the 17 most diverse countries in the world. You can take a cruise, practice an adventure sport or relax in a spa. Maybe visiting a museum, enjoying a popular party or tasting a typical dish in heritage cities and villages. It is surrounded by mountains and snow peaks, jungle and forests, thousands of species of flora and fauna, beaches and sea, unique islands, all in one place. The place where you truly Love Life.
With more than 190 years of constitution, the Republic of Ecuador, has recently become a true tourist destination worldwide. A historically rich country that has suffered conquests and defeats but has also been able to rise, give its best and now more than ever, it aims to become a true Touristic Power.
Marked by the equatorial line that crosses it, it’s a country that was also marked by its indigenous identity, dating back to ancient times, the country was a key part of the Inca Empire becoming a land that gave birth to heroes who fought against injustice and sowed in generations to come the natural desire to incessantly fight for their freedom and independence.
The culture in Ecuador is as diverse as the multiethnicity and pluriculturality of its people. Our population exceeds 14 million inhabitants. More than 5 million and a half live in the Highland (Sierra), 6 and a half million – in the Pacific Coast, more than 600,000 inhabitants – in the Amazon and about 17,000 – in Galapagos.
In addition, Ecuador is inhabited by more than 15 indigenous nationalities. The coexistence of our people has rendered as fruit a country with different roots but a same heart which shares the richness of its cultural heritage in each of its expressions.
Ecuador is a privileged country in its climate, you can find corners where the sun paints the days most often in our Coast, Amazon or Galapagos, but you can enjoy cool breezes and more temperate climates in our Highland as well.
In Quito, for example, you can commonly enjoy these two seasons very often during the same day. This is why the habitants of Quito are very adaptable, as they are used to last minute changes – their day can start sunny but end with a heavy rain in the afternoon, or have a cold dawn and finish feeling all the sun heat of the Middle of the World city.
Nature is everywhere within Ecuador, it is a country with a vast natural wealth. The diversity of its four worlds has given rise to thousands of species of flora and fauna.
We have about 1,640 kinds of birds. We almost reach the number of 4,500 species of butterflies, 345 reptiles, 358 amphibians and 258 mammals, among others. No wonder Ecuador is considered as one of the 17 countries where the greatest biodiversity of the planet is concentrated, being also the country with the largest biodiversity per square kilometer of the world. The majority of its fauna and flora lives in 26 areas protected by our State.
As well as our people, our language and the biodiversity of our beautiful country – our food is a delight worth mentioning with a wide range to cover. Our gastronomic diversity is very abundant, each region, sometimes even, each city, has its local dish. Usually during some festivity, local or national, Ecuadorians enjoy one of our greatest guilty pleasures – eating.
For this reason, many foreigners venture to discover all the dishes that each of our regions has to offer. Starting with our famous ceviche (or cebiche), passing through locro de papas, seco de chivo, encebollado, guatita, to the dishes that go along with many of our annual festivities like colada morada with bread guaguas for All Saints’ Day, fanesca during the Christian Lent, or those delicacies that we enjoy for a season as our famous crabs, an irresistible and unforgettable pleasure.
In Ecuador the official language is Spanish. Obviously those who have been able to visit us know that although Spanish is our mother tongue, we have equatorianized it. If you visit different regions of our country you can easily notice the accent marked with the erre in our Andean highland or the efe pronounced by our young people in Quito or the way of peluconearse (distinguish ourselves) with our coastal panas (friends) or the airy sounding of our beloved Azuay people, or the so clear phonetic pronunciation of our beloved Loja people. The highland accent is very different from the coastal one, although we use some common idioms.
In fact, in addition to Spanish we have alternate languages such as Kichwa (Quichua) and 13 other native languages, especially in the Amazon. That is why it is also very common to hear our Ecuadorian mothers call their guaguas to come home, or we can know the weather hearing the expressions “achachai” what a cold, or “arrarrai” what a heat.
In Ecuador, we have all kinds of transportation. If you arrive by plane, you can count on taxis and buses immediately, in addition to Quito and Guayaquil there are preferred public transportation routes such as the Metrovía, the Metrobus, the Ecovía, and the Bikeway (exclusive lanes to tour the city by bicycle). Soon the capital city will have a Metro system, which will connect the city from south to north and will reduce travel time down to 30 minutes.
Keep in mind the peak hours of use in public transport and traffic in general to avoid being in a traffic jam or calculate the appropriate time to arrive to your destination. Usually in the cities the peak hours are from 7:30 to 9:00 and from 18:00 to 19:30, the hours of entry and exit of jobs and schools.