Picturesque colonial centers, Kichwa villages, Amazonian rainforest and the breathtaking heights of the Andes – Ecuador may be small, but it has a dazzling array of wonders.

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Ecuador is a representative democratic republic in northwestern South America.
Capital: Quito
Land Area: 276,840 sq km
Total Area: 283,560 sq km
Population: 15,223,680 (2012)
Official language: Spanish
Demonym: Ecuadorian
Currency: United States Dollar
Independence from: Spain
Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic
Calling Code: +593
Compact and diverse, Ecuador is like a tasting menu for South America. There are Andean mountains, complete with glacial volcanoes. At Otavalo, site of the largest market in South America, Ecuador's numerous indigenous groups come to barter for both crafts and staples. There are Amazonian jungles and charming colonial cities, like cobblestoned Cuenca. Best of all, all these flavours are packed together, so you can be in the jungle in the morning and at the foot of a glacier by the evening. Ecuador also has one gem found nowhere else: the pristine and fragile Galápagos Islands made famous through the writings of Charles Darwin.


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