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Ecuador Flag The Republic of Ecuador (Spanish: República del Ecuador) is a country in South America. It shares land borders with Colombia and Peru, as well as having a coast on the Pacific Ocean.

As of 2008, the population of Ecuador was estimated to be 15,625,000.

The capital of Ecuador is Quito (full name: San Francisco de Quito) which as of 2001 had a population of 1,397,698 people the city, and a total of 1,842,201 people in the city and surrouding metropolitan area. Quito has the distinction of being one of the highest capital cities in the world (the central square is 9,186 feet (2,800 meters) above sea level).

The largest city of Ecuador is the country's main port, Guayaquil. Guayaquil has a population of about 2.6 million people in the city itself, a total population of about 3.3 million in the combined city and metropolitan area.

Ecuador Country Details


Country Name Ecuador
Political Status Country
Geographic Location South America
Flag Ecuador Flag
Principal Language Spanish
Capital Quito


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Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet, Greg Benchwick & Luke Waterson

Lonely Planet Publications
Paperback (416 pages)

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#1 best-selling guide to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands*

Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Join the festivities on La Ronda Street, spot an iguana in the Galapagos Islands, or hunt for a bargain at the Otavalo market; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Ecuador & the Galapagos Island and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands Travel Guide:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, music, politics, landscapes, and wildlife
  • Over 61 local maps
  • Covers Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Otavalo, Banos, Montanita, Vilcabamba, Mindo, Canoa, Isla de la Plata, the Quilatoa Loop, Papallacta, Isla Santa Cruz, Isla San Salvador, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, our most comprehensive guide to Colombia, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's South America on a Shoestring guide for a comprehensive look at all Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

*Bestselling guide to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands Source: Nielsen Bookscan. Australia, UK and USA, May 2011 to April 2012.

The Rough Guide to Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands (Rough Guide to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands)
By Rough Guides

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Released: 2016-09-20
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The Rough Guide to Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands is the definitive travel guide to this captivating country.

In-depth coverage of Ecuador's incomparable wildlife, vibrant indigenous cultures, and awe-inspiring scenery takes you to the most rewarding spots—from the Amazon rain forest to the heights of the Andes to glorious, laid-back beach resorts—and stunning color photography brings the land to life on the pages.

Discover Ecuador's highlights, with expert advice on exploring the best colonial cities, participating in ancient festivals, scaling volcanoes and learning Spanish, straddling the Equator, and swimming with turtles, penguins, sea lions, and even sharks. This guidebook includes extensive coverage of the capital, Quito, and the Galápagos Islands, the world's premier wildlife destination.

Easy-to-use maps, reliable advice on how to get around, and insider reviews of the best hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops for all budgets ensure that you won't miss a thing.

Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands.

Series Overview: For more than thirty years, adventurous travelers have turned to Rough Guides for up-to-date and intuitive information from expert authors. With opinionated and lively writing, honest reviews, and a strong cultural background, Rough Guides travel books bring more than 200 destinations to life. Visit RoughGuides.com to learn more.

Insight Guides: Ecuador & Galápagos
By Insight Guides

Insight Guides
Paperback (352 pages)

Insight Guides: Ecuador & Galápagos
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Insight Guide Ecuador & Galápagos is a comprehensive full-colour guide to the culture, history and wildlife of this diverse and fascinating country. The book is illustrated throughout with hundreds of beautiful, specially commissioned colour photographs. Our inspirational Best of Ecuador section illustrates the country's top attractions, from Inca monuments and colonial buildings to the best places for wildlife-spotting and adventure sports.

With a longer and more in-depth history and culture section than its competitors, this travel guide provides an essential introduction to Ecuador's ancient civilizations, colonial history and contemporary politics and environmental issues. The informative text, written by regional experts, is a pleasure to read and accompanied by stunning photography. The lavish Photo Features offer a unique insight into the traditional textiles, colonial architecture, Galápagos birdlife and vintage railways.

All major sights are cross-referenced with the maps, and the travel tips section provides a wealth of practical information on how to plan your trip.

Insight Guide Ecuador now includes the Walking Eye app, free to download to smartphones and tablets on purchase of the book. The Ecuador app includes our independent selection of the best hotels and restaurants, plus activity, event and shopping listings.

About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-color print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travelers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.

'Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.' - Wanderlust Magazine

Thirty Days In Quito: Two Gringos and a Three-Legged Cat Move to Ecuador
By K. Kris Loomis

Independently published
Paperback (169 pages)

Thirty Days In Quito: Two Gringos and a Three-Legged Cat Move to Ecuador
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Ever wonder what it would be like to pick up one day and move abroad?
In the summer of 2013, Kris Loomis and her husband sold all their worldly possessions and, along with their three-legged cat, Triplet, did just that. They left their comfy life behind and moved to Ecuador!

Follow along as they battle ‘mañana’ time, stinky buses, and the dreaded ‘Frankenstein’ shower. Will they adjust to South American culture? Will Triplet learn to meow in Spanish? Will the stupid black beans ever cook at that altitude?

Thirty Days In Quito: Two Gringos and a Three-Legged Cat Move to Ecuador is a humorous first-hand account of a couple stepping out of their comfort zone, holding on tight, and learning to breathe at 9,000 feet.

Also by K. Kris Loomis

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Visit www.kkrisloomis.com and get a FREE short story!

You can connect with Kris on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest @kkrisloomis.

Thirty Days In Quito: Two Gringos and a Three-Legged Cat Move to Ecuador is a fun must read for anyone interested in travel or curious about other cultures, and future expats will get a glimpse of what moving abroad is really like!
Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet, Greg Benchwick & Tom Masters

Lonely Planet
Paperback (408 pages)

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#1 best-selling guide to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands*

Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Join the festivitieson La Ronda Street, spot an iguana in the Galapagos Islands, or hunt for a bargain at the Otavalo market; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands Travel Guide:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, music, politics, landscapes, and wildlife
  • Over 46 local maps
  • Useful features - including Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), Ecuador Outdoors, and If You Like (activity guide)
  • Coverage of Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Otavalo, Banos, Montanita, Vilcabamba, Mindo, Canoa, Isla de la Plata, the Quilatoa Loop, Papallacta, Isla Santa Cruz, Isla San Salvador, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, our most comprehensive guide to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less traveled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's South America on a Shoestring guide for a comprehensive look at all the continent has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Regis St Louis, Greg Benchwick, Michael Grosberg, and Tom Masters.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travelers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

*Bestselling guide to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands Source: Nielsen Bookscan. Australia, UK and USA, May 2011 to April 2012.

Ecuador - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
By Russell Maddicks

Kuperard
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Ecuador - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
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Squeezed between Colombia in the north and Peru in the south, Ecuador is named for its location on the Equator and has a landscape so varied that it has been described as a microcosm of every microclimate found in South America. This diversity makes it a magnet for tourists, mountain trekkers, volunteers, and increasing numbers of US retirees looking for a warm, culturally interesting, economical, and safe place to spend much of their time. The country is booming, thanks to high oil prices and investment in tourism, and a massive infrastructure program and the poverty-reduction measures launched by President Rafael Correa have endeared him to the poorest in society. Ecuador’s multiethnic population reflects a unique blend of cultures, from traditionally dressed mountain peoples, whose ancestors inhabited their highland villages before the arrival of the Incas, to the Afro-Ecuadorians of Esmeraldas and the Chota Valley and the tribal peoples of the Amazonian rainforest. The Ecuadorians are proud, friendly, hospitable, and hardworking, but to know them well the foreign visitor needs to understand the complex historical divisions between the highlands and the coast, and the rigid class and racial hierarchy that has shaped the country’s history. Culture Smart! Ecuador takes you beyond the usual descriptions of where to go and what to see, and gives you an insider’s view of the people, their history, their food, and their culture. Special sections are designed to help food lovers get the most out of the menu, assist business travelers to gain an edge on the competition, and show expats, volunteers, and visitors how to meet and get on well with the Ecuadorians, who are as diverse and varied as the country’s amazing geography.
Moon Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands (Moon Handbooks)
By Ben Westwood

Moon Travel
Released: 2015-01-06
Paperback (536 pages)

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This full-color guide to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands includes vibrant photos and easy-to-use maps to help with trip planning.

Seasoned traveler and journalist Ben Westwood leads adventurers to off-the-beaten-path experiences in Ecuador, from riding a train up the steep switchbacks of the famous Nariz del Diablo (Devil's Nose) to diving off of the Galápagos Islands, where the waters are abundant with ocean life. Complete with information on exploring the colonial architecture of Quito's Old Town, enjoying the lively waterfront of the Malecón 2000 in Guayaquil, and climbing volcanoes in Sangay National Park, Moon Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

Moon Handbooks give you the tools to make your own choices.
Can't-miss sights, activities, restaurants, and accommodations, marked with M
Suggestions on how to plan a trip that's
perfect for you, including:
  • "The Best of Ecuador"
  • "Galápagos Expedition"
  • "Adrenaline Rush"
  • "Wildlife Wonders"
  • "Sun and Surf: Ecuador's Best Beaches"
  • "Indigenous Past and Present"

37 detailed and easy-to-use maps
The firsthand experience and unique perspective of author Ben Westwood
Ecuador and Galapagos Islands (National Geographic Adventure Map)
By National Geographic Maps - Adventure

National Geographic Maps
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• Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel Map

National Geographic's Ecuador and Galapagos Islands Adventure Map, with its comprehensive information, is uniquely designed for adventure travelers. The map delivers unparalleled detail of the entire country and its recreational, historical, cultural and natural destinations. Pinpointed spots include beaches, wildlife areas, archeological sites, churches and areas for camping, surfing, fishing and diving. A list of cities and towns with a user-friendly index is provided along with a road network of highways, major and secondary roads, shown with distances. Unsurfaced and 4-wheel-drive roads are mapped for those wishing to get off the beaten track. Other displayed travel aids include airports, airfields, harbors, anchorage sites, railroads, ferry routes and border crossings with neighboring Colombia and Peru.

The northern part of the map covers the capital city of Quito, Cotopaxi Volcano and National Park, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, the town of Tena in the Amazon rainforest and the country's largest city of Guayaquil. The southern part of the map covers from Guayaquil to the southern and southeastern border with Peru, showing the diverse Podocarpus National Park in the southern Andes and Amazonian ecological systems. An inset map covers the world renowned Galapagos Islands, showing Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve, Tortoise Reserve and diving areas around the islands. This expertly researched map is the perfect complement to any guidebook.

Every Adventure Map is printed on durable synthetic paper, making them waterproof, tear-resistant and tough — capable of withstanding the rigors of international travel.

  • Map Scale = 1:750,000
  • Sheet Size = 37.75" x 25.5"
  • Folded Size = 4.25" x 9.25"

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