Everything you should know
before Traveling to ECUADOR

11 March 2022
Capital: Quito
Currency: United States Dollar
Official Language: Spanish
Dial Code: +593
Emergency Number: (1) Police - 101 (2) Ambulance - 131 (3) Fire - 102
GDP: 202.04 billion USD (2019)
Population: 17.68 million (2021)
Time Zone: UTC-5 Colombia Time
                UTC-6 Central Standard Time

TheSassyBlogger Flag: Placed in the canton, the Ecuador flag is shown with three even stripes, while the rest of the flag is colored olive green. The use of the Ecuador flag was described by the Palestina government as "unity with the motherland" and olive green represents progress.

ECUADOR Known for:

1. Panama hats
These hats became known as Panama hats in 1835 when they were exported to Panama (as were many other South American goods) before being shipped to their destinations in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. So the name reflects the location of their international sale, rather than where they were made.
2. Bananas
Banana production in Ecuador is important to the national economy. Ecuador is the world’s largest exporter of bananas since last 60 years, exporting 2.7 billion worth of them annually (23.3% of total banana exports, 2016). The crop is mostly grown on private plantations which sell their crop to national and international companies such as Chiquita, Del Monte, Dole, and Noboa. and others.
3. Bird Species
Ecuador has 1,600 bird species (15% of the world's known bird species) in the continental area and 38 more endemic in the Galapagos. The Galapagos Islands are well known as a region of distinct fauna, as the famous place of birth to Darwin's Theory of Evolution, and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Best Food that you should taste once:
1. Encebollado
It is served with boiled cassava and pickled red onion rings. A dressing of onion is prepared with fresh tomato and spices such as pepper or coriander leaves. It is commonly prepared with albacore, but tuna, billfish, or bonito may also be used. It may be served with ripe avocado.
2. Guatita
Guatita is Ecuador's national dish, a hearty, thick stew consisting of tripe simmered in a sauce of peanuts and potatoes. The name of the dish can be translated as little guts. Tripe must be cleaned a few times with lemon juice and water, then chopped and fried with onion and spices before being combined with potatoes and peanut butter.
3. Colada Morada
Colada Morada is a traditional Ecuadorian spiced, berry, and oatmeal drink. It is most commonly served in November during Day of the Dead, a holiday honoring their ancestors and deceased family members. It is often paired with guaguas de pan (also known as t’anta wawa or tantaguaguas), which translates to “little bread babies”.

Best Places to visit:
1. Quito
Quito is the capital of Ecuador, the closest capital city to the equator, and at an elevation of 2,850 m above sea level, the second-highest official capital city in the world. It is located in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains.
2. Guayaquil
Guayaquil is the largest and most populous city in Ecuador . Guayaquil is one of the main South American ports in the Pacific. The climate is hot for the first semester of the year and breeze cool for the rest of it. A proud city of the tropics where foreigners are well received, music rules and seafood is a must.
3. Cuenca
Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca, commonly referred as Cuenca is the capital and largest city of the Azuay Province of Ecuador. Cuenca is Ecuador’s third largest city and home to the country’s second most beautiful and well-preserved colonial downtown. This friendly and quiet city is rich in history and architecture.
4. Loja
Loja, formerly Loxa and fully City of the Immaculate Conception of Loja, is the capital of Ecuador's Loja Province. It is located in the Cuxibamba valley in the south of the country, sharing borders with the provinces of Zamora-Chinchipe and El Oro, and with Peru in the south. Loja holds a rich tradition in the arts, and for this reason is known as the Music and Cultural Capital of Ecuador.
5. Banos de Agua Santa
Banos is considered as the adventure capital of Ecuador since it is the entry point to the Ecuadorian part of the Amazon, making Baños a popular tourist destination. Banos actually goes by the full name of Banos de Agua Santa, Baths of holy water. It’s named after the hot springs spread around the city, believed to have healing powers.

Best Season to visit
..January Through May- This is the coolest, wettest time of year in most parts of Ecuador, and also when the ocean waters off the coast and around the Galapagos Islands.
..June Through September- Precipitation generally dries up in Ecuador during these months, making them the driest and warmest in most parts of the country.

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