Country Name: Republic of Ecuador
Main Cities: Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca
Land Area: 106,889 mi2 (includes Galapagos Islands)
Population: 15,65411 (July 2014 est.)
Location: Ecuador is located on the Northwest area of South America. It borders
Colombia to the North, the Pacific Ocean to the East, and Peru to its West and South. It
is located on the Equator and consists of four major regions: The Andes, the coast, the
Amazon, and the Galapagos Islands.
Climate: Tropical along the coast and Amazon region, and cooler climate in the
Languages: Spanish is the official language spoken by 93% of Ecuador’s population.
Foreign languages and indigenous languages such as Quechua make up the remaining
Religion: 95% Roman Catholic
Shopping: Ecuador’s shopping ranges from small artisanal markets to large shopping
malls with recognized International brands.
Food: Ecuadorian dishes consist mainly of fresh seafood, exotic fruits, maize, bananas,
beans, chicken and pork. Ecuador is home to many restaurant options where you can
find all types of International cuisine. Some of the country’s traditional dishes are:
llapingacho, a potato like tortilla filled with cheese; ceviche, a cold seafood dish; seco de
pollo, a chicken and rice dish.
Entertainment: Ecuador has many touristic places to visit. Due to its small territory
weekend trips to the beach or mountains are very common. The main cities have
beautiful large parks, great museums, and shows.
Transportation & Communication
Airports: Ecuador has many small airports all over the country. The major International
Airports are Mariscal de Sucre in Quito, and Simon Bolivar in Guayaquil.
Public Transportation: Buses and tramways are available in Quito and Guayaquil.
However, taxi prices are extremely convenient.
Internet: High-speed internet and wifi available
Telephone: Fixed lines and mobile connections
Television and Radio: Ecuador has multiple privately owned TV Networks. Different
cable providers provide access to International channels, and online streaming services
are also available
Branches: Executive, legislative, and judicial
Chief of State: President Rafael Correa
Currency: US Dollar
Major Industries: Oil, bananas, shrimp, coffee,
metal work, wood products, chemicals, textiles