Welcome to Ecuador
Ecuador, the country of the four worlds, is geographically, a small but unique country, which has a great variety of climatic zones, vegetation, birds and wildlife. Without leaving the country, the visitor can move in a matter of hours from the tropical jungle to the high slopes of the Andes, and then to the Pacific coast, with breathtaking landscapes. Along the way, through Ecuador’s wondrous world of nature, you can follow the course of rivers, relax on the shores of pristine lakes, explore mysterious caves, and admire unique species of plants and animals that have evolved undisturbed on these isolated Pacific islands: the Galapagos Islands. From highlands to sea level, Ecuador’s fascinating diversity is reflected in its people, whose cultural origins and traditions continue to be shaped by their environment.
Ecuador is a natural paradise, located right in the center of the planet and on the equatorial line in South America. According to information from the Ministry of the Environment, Ecuador has approximately 18,198 species of vascular plants and 4,801 species of vertebrates. More than 9% of frog species are found in Ecuador alone. There are more than 400 species of mammals; Ecuador is the third country in sightings of a great diversity of birds. These are some of the facts that show the natural richness of this paradisiacal place, in the middle of the Andes Mountains.
At every point in this country, visitors will learn a different new aspect of life, visiting and home-staying with indigenous families, who practice their ancient customs and are ready to welcome you with open arms share with you a bit about their history.
In Ecuador there are 13 indigenous groups that have preserved their language, their clothing style, their culture and original traditions, coexisting with the mestizos who are the majority of the country’s population, all this is part of our identity, and is our intangible heritage.
Ecuador also has varied gastronomy, the World Tourism Organization WTO, establishes that gastronomy occupies 88% of the definition of the brand and strategy of a tourist destination, and Ecuador offers a substantial gastronomic potential to those who visit it.
Quito, its capital, was declared in 1978 “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO, it is the second capital in South America that has the best preserved colonial center, it is known for its treasures of colonial churches, monasteries, paintings, sculptures and the magnificent mix of Spanish, Flemish and Moorish architecture. In total, the city has 86 churches and monasteries from the 16th and 17th centuries to offer. Thanks to its beautiful churches and monasteries, Quito is called and known as the “Convent of America”. This attractive city is located only 22 km from the “Center of the World”, the Equatorial Line.