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Where is Ecuador?

  1. Approximate Population of Ecuador: 17,373,662

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Guayaquil is the capital of Ecuador

Guayaquil has an approximate population of around 2,698,077 people and you can typically expect to pay around £1.27p for an equivalent pint of lager or beer.

About Guayaquil in Ecuador. This friendly little town has a very interesting history. When the Spanish conquistadors landed on the coast of Quito, they found this small fishing village under the sea, with its own airport and port. The first Europeans came in ships, and the small population quickly grew into a bustling community of merchants, fishermen, potters, and workers. Today, even though most of the original inhabitants have left, this small town, and all of the towns in the vicinity of Guayaquil, are still recognized as Ecuadorian towns.

A round trip ticket to Ecuador will give you the opportunity to visit one of its fabulous tourist attractions: Guayaquil's spectacular coastline and oceanfront city center. There are many things to see and do in this unique coastal town, including the spectacular Mayan ruins at Tambomachay; the National Art Museum; the Tivoli Gardens; and much more. You can also take a boat ride to visit the rainforest-covered Galapagos Islands, which are located about five hundred miles east of Guayaquil.

If you prefer staying out in the city, there are many hotels and resorts in Guayaquil that are right on the water, near the many beaches that are within a short driving distance. You will find that the cost of airfare into Ecuador is very reasonable, and will help to make your trip to the Galapagos a fun and unforgettable experience. If you would prefer to stay on dry land, you will find that the hotel prices in Guayaquil are reasonable, and will allow you to get some much needed rest and relaxation. No matter which route you take, you are sure to have a great time during your time in Ecuador.

What vaccinations do I need before travelling to Ecuador

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Ecuador are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel to Ecuador

For up to date information around safety and security in Ecuador read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office latest information for Ecuador.

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Best time to visit Ecuador?

The dry season from late May and June to November is unpleasantly cool, muggy and overcast. So if you like lying on beaches, then the rainy season from December / January to April / May is surprisingly the best time to visit Ecuador.

Festivals in Ecuador

Despite the fact that the country was founded by Catholics, its cultural and religious traditions are still strongly rooted. The celebration of indigenous holidays and religious festivals have been merged with contemporary ways of life, which has created an interesting combination of ancient and modern cultures. Many Ecuadorian citizens take their festivals very seriously and often try to participate in them. Listed below are a few of the most popular festival celebrations in Ecuador. Read on to learn more.

On December 31st, Ecuadorians celebrate "Carnaval", a traditional celebration commemorating Christopher Columbus's discovery of America. Originally, it was known as the Day of Discovery, but in 2011 it was renamed to Dia de la Raza, a national holiday celebrating the conglomeration of various cultures in Ecuador. This day is a great opportunity to feel the spirit of the country's unity and patriotism.

The first few days of November are dedicated to the celebration of the New Year. The town of Ambato is known for its colorful celebrations, which include a thriving arts and crafts community. This year, the city will celebrate the end of another year by holding the Ambato festival. It has been celebrated for seventy years, and this festival celebrates the resilience of its citizens. This event attracts 30,000 people from all over the province. The festivities include international dance troupes and parades, as well as music and food.

The summer months are the best time to experience the Ecuadorian festivals. These celebrations are centered around harvest and the summer solstice, and have been going on for centuries. These celebrations include parades, dances, and ceremonies. Those who attend these events will have a good time, as they are often free and open to the public. If you're a fan of carnival, you'll find it very enjoyable.

The country's most celebrated festival is the Diablada Pillarena. This colorful celebration is considered an Intangible Cultural Heritage, and is an important celebration for locals and tourists alike. It is the first day of the week of the Christian calendar, and it celebrates the death of the dead. The Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, and is one of the most well-known and popular indigenous festivals in Ecuador.

Columbus Day in Ecuador is a great time to celebrate. The country celebrates Christopher Columbus' arrival in the 15th century. This day was previously called Day of the Discoveries, but in recent years, it has been changed to Dia de la Raza, which means "Day of the People." The celebration is a great way to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the country and to get to know the people. It is important to remember that the country is relatively small, but its festivals are very important.

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Ecuador Tourist Attractions

The country of Ecuador straddles the equator on the west coast of South America. The country's varied landscape includes the pristine Amazon rainforest, lush Andean highlands, and wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands. The Andean foothills of Ecuador's capital, Quito, are the perfect location for a sightseeing trip. The city has a preserved Spanish colonial center with palaces from the 16th and 17th centuries and religious sites.

The country has a fascinating history and culture, with several historic monuments. Most reflect the country's equatorial location, and many represent pre-Columbian and Spanish cultures. You'll even be able to find some fascinating archaeological sites. There are more than 70 monuments and historical sites to explore. If you're looking for less-frequented historical landmarks in Ecuador, consider the Yaku Waa cave system near the town of Charupe.

The country's spiritual citadels are renowned for their artistic value, and the ruins of San Francisco, San Domingo, and San Augustin represent a beautiful, harmonious ensemble of nature and man. The colonizers had a great understanding of the topography of their new home. They were able to impart stylistic harmony, while still preserving the country's rich heritage. These landmarks have a unique charm that makes them worth visiting.

The country has many museums and historical sites to explore. Visiting the museum and indigenous artifacts gives you a fascinating insight into the cultures of the people of the country. In addition to the ancient ruins, the museum also houses a modern art section, and is a must for any Ecuadorian traveler. So, take some time to explore the history of this land, and make your trip as memorable as possible.

Do I need a Visa?

You can visit Ecuador without a visa, but you may be asked about your reason for travel and to provide evidence of a return or onward flight/bus ticket when you arrive. On arrival in the country, you'll normally be allowed to remain in Ecuador for up to 90 days per year.

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What currency do i need for Ecuador?

The official currency of Ecuador is the United States Dollar (USD). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Ecuador you can grab amazing United States Dollar deals via (GBP to USD).

What wildlife live in Ecuador?

Over 300 species of mammals have been recorded in Ecuador including the rare Andean spectacled bear, monkeys (including spider, howler, woolly, capuchin and squirrel monkeys), marmosets, tamarins, two and three-toed sloths, deer, Andean foxes, llamas, vicu├▒as, anteaters, armadillos, agoutis, capybaras, peccaries.

What is the traditional food of Ecuador?

Spanish food? Ecuadorian main meals, especially at lunch or almuerzo time, usually consist of meat, poultry or seafood with side dishes of rice and/or potatoes, a small salad, plantains (ripe or green), and some hot sauce on the side.

What Languages are spoken in Ecuador?

Ecuador's official language is Spanish, but Quichua, an Inca language, is spokenby the Indian population. Besides Spanish, ten native languages are spoken in Ecuador. English is the most spoken foreign language amongst tourist providers and professionals. You can learn some basic Spanish before you travel to Ecuador and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip in Ecuador?

The currency in Ecuador is the United States Dollar (For a group tour a gratuity of about $5 per person per day and about $2-$3 for the driver is appropriate. If you hire a private guide, tip about $10 per day.).

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