Ecuador

Ecuador Overview

Ecuador is one of the smallest countries of South America. It lies on the west coast of the continent between Colombia and Peru. The equator crosses Ecuador and gives the country its name. Ecuador is the Spanish word for equator.

Nature lovers are overwhelmed by choice in Ecuador. Jungle lovers might take an Amazonian flat-bottomed boat cruise while condor lovers could catch the ancient train to the world’s tallest active volcano in Cotopaxi National Park.

The Galapagos Islands are Ecuador’s prize treasure. Almost 1,000 km away, Charles Darwin located the home of the giant tortoise and the only seagoing lizard in the world in 1835. The islands are unforgettable.

CLIMATE

Ecuador’s climate varies according to the altitude. The Coastal Lowland and the Eastern Lowland are hot and humid. The temperature in the lowlands averages about 75 °F (24 °C).

Heavy rainfall occurs in the Eastern Lowland and also in the northern part of the Coastal Lowland. The southern part of the Coastal Lowland receives a light rainfall. Light rain also falls in the Galapagos Islands.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Quito
POPULATION: 13.9 million
LANGUAGE: Spanish
CURRENCY: US Dollar
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 120V, 60Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a flat two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +593
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC -5

TRAVEL WARNING

We advise against all travel to the province of Sucumbios, which borders Colombia, due to the risk of kidnapping and crime.

We advise against all but essential travel to within a radius of six miles of the Tungurahua volcano, including Baños because of renewed volcanic activity.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk