GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands. In the Andean foothills at an elevation of 2,850m, Quito, the capital, is known for its largely intact Spanish colonial center, with decorated 16th- and 17th-century palaces and religious sites, like the ornate Compañía de Jesús Church.

COUNTRY FACTS

POPULATION

13,032,000

RELIGION

Roman Catholic

CAPITAL

Quito (1,451,000)

LIFE EXPECTANCY

71

GDP PER CAPITA

U.S. $3,200

AREA

283,560 square kilometers (109,483 square miles)

LANGUAGE

Spanish, Quechua

LITERACY PERCENT

93

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LOCATIONS EXPERIENCED

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Ecuador-(2015-February)---Alausi---El-Nariz-del-Diablo-(steam-train-ride)---12315 COVER

ALAUSI

Alausí is a town in the Chimborazo province of Ecuador, with a population of 5,563 (2001). It is the starting-off point for the Nariz del Diablo train, an audacious engineering realized in the Andean mountain range, which took the lives of many Jamaican slaves contracted to dynamite the mountain.

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Ecuador-(2015-February)---Banos---Waterfall-and-thermal-baths---12407 COVER

BANOS

Baños de Agua Santa is located in the Tungurahua province, 180 km from the city of Quito. It boasts El Pailón del Diablo and Agoyán, dramatic waterfalls on the Río Pastaza.

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Ecuador-(2015-February)---Cuenca---Parque-Calderon---12478 COVER

CUENCA

Cuenca (Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca) is a city in southern Ecuador’s Andes mountains. It is known for its Tomebamba River waterfront and handicrafts including Panama hats. Its central plaza, Parque Calderón, is home to the blue-domed Catedral Nueva and the 16th-century Catedral Vieja, now a religious museum. The Museo y Parque Arqueológico Pumapungo displays ruins and artifacts from the Incan city of Tomebamba.

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Ecuador-(2015-February)---Ibarra---Parque-Pedro-Moncayo---10906 COVER

IBARRA

Ibarra is a city in northern Ecuador and the capital of the Imbabura Province. It lies at the foot of the Imbabura Volcano and on the left bank of the Tahuando river. It is about 70 kilometres northeast of Ecuador's capital Quito.

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Ecuador-(2015-February)---Mitad-del-mundo---Ciudad-Mitad-del-Mundo-(Equator-line)---10256 COVER

MITAD DEL MUNDO

Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) highlights the exact location of the Equator (from which the country takes its name) and commemorates the eighteenth century Franco-Spanish Geodesic Mission which fixed its approximate location.

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Ecuador-(2015-February)---Quito---Catedral-Metropolitana-de-Quito---9259 COVER

QUITO

Quito, Ecuador's capital, sits high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 2,850m. Constructed on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, it is known for its well-preserved colonial center, rich with 16th- and 17th-century churches and other structures blending European, Moorish and indigenous styles. These include the cathedral in the Plaza Grande square, and the ultra-ornate Compañia de Jesús Jesuit church.

ALAUSI

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Ecuador-(2015-February)---Alausi---El-Nariz-del-Diablo-(steam-train-ride)---12315 COVER

Alausí is a town in the Chimborazo province of Ecuador, with a population of 5,563 (2001). It is the starting-off point for the Nariz del Diablo train, an audacious engineering realized in the Andean mountain range, which took the lives of many Jamaican slaves contracted to dynamite the mountain.

BANOS

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Ecuador-(2015-February)---Banos---Waterfall-and-thermal-baths---12407 COVER

Baños de Agua Santa is located in the Tungurahua province, 180 km from the city of Quito. It boasts El Pailón del Diablo and Agoyán, dramatic waterfalls on the Río Pastaza.

CUENCA

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Ecuador-(2015-February)---Cuenca---Parque-Calderon---12478 COVER

Cuenca (Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca) is a city in southern Ecuador’s Andes mountains. It is known for its Tomebamba River waterfront and handicrafts including Panama hats. Its central plaza, Parque Calderón, is home to the blue-domed Catedral Nueva and the 16th-century Catedral Vieja, now a religious museum. The Museo y Parque Arqueológico Pumapungo displays ruins and artifacts from the Incan city of Tomebamba.

IBARRA

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Ecuador-(2015-February)---Ibarra---Parque-Pedro-Moncayo---10906 COVER

Ibarra is a city in northern Ecuador and the capital of the Imbabura Province. It lies at the foot of the Imbabura Volcano and on the left bank of the Tahuando river. It is about 70 kilometres northeast of Ecuador's capital Quito.

MITAD DEL MUNDO

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Ecuador-(2015-February)---Mitad-del-mundo---Ciudad-Mitad-del-Mundo-(Equator-line)---10256 COVER

Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) highlights the exact location of the Equator (from which the country takes its name) and commemorates the eighteenth century Franco-Spanish Geodesic Mission which fixed its approximate location.

QUITO

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Ecuador-(2015-February)---Quito---Catedral-Metropolitana-de-Quito---9259 COVER

Quito, Ecuador's capital, sits high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 2,850m. Constructed on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, it is known for its well-preserved colonial center, rich with 16th- and 17th-century churches and other structures blending European, Moorish and indigenous styles. These include the cathedral in the Plaza Grande square, and the ultra-ornate Compañia de Jesús Jesuit church.

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