Ecuador: From the Galapagos Islands to Quitos to Cotopaxi ... this country is host to the mighty Andes, old cathedrals, Rainforests and jungle to pristine beaches. Throw in delicious food and friendly locals and you cannot go wrong!

🙂 Galapagos Islands! Amazon rainforest and wildlife. Picturesque colonial towns.

🙁 Poverty. Risk of earthquakes, Volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.

Currency: US Dollar

THREE things we did not know about Ecuador:

  1. The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador: 97% is a national park. Each island has animal and plant species that are endemic to them and not found anywhere else in the world, not even on the other islands in the Galápagos.
  2. The origin of the Panama Hat: When President Teddy Roosevelt visited the building of the Panama Canal, he was enamoured with hats worn by many of the workers. He called them ‘Panama Hats’, making them famous without ever knowing that both the workers and their hats came from Ecuador.
  3. The main exports are roses, broccoli and shrimp – While most people know that Ecuador exports bananas and oil, few realize that roses, broccoli and shrimp make up a large portion of the export economy. Increasingly, Ecuador also exports coffee and cacao.

Quito to Sacha Lodge to Galapagos

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