Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America and is unique in its rugged Andean high altitudes. The country boasts some of the most spectacular volcanic panorama and pristine impenetrable rain forest in the world. Isla Bartolome is part of the Galapagos which belong to Ecuador and is home to the rarest birds, crabs, sea lions, pelicans, mockingbirds, doves and penguins.From Isla Bartolome there are some outstanding vistas atop one of the great volcanoes and because of the Island’s remote location; this is one view truly not to be missed. The Galapagos are a study in the progression of the growth of the planet, as a matter of fact, many scientists visit for this unprecedented perspective.Quito the capital of Ecuador is distinguished as one of the most appealing cities in South America.
The climate is refreshingly spring like all year round and dazzling snow capped volcanic mountains surround the lofty 9350 feet above sea level metropolitan area. The old architecture is surrounded by the new sleek modern architecture of Quito.There are many ways to pass the time in the city, one can visit the museums or just relax in a cafe to watch the fascinating passers by. The population of Ecuador is estimated at approximately 13.6 million, 55% are of mixed native mestizo caucasian origin, 25% are indigenous, 10% caucasian and 9% black. The country is not only characterized by its eclectic inhabitants, it has also been known as having a turbulent political system.
Most recently the country was involved in border disputes with Peru for which a treaty was signed in 1999. 1998 was a turbulent year economically for Ecuador because of El Niño. A military coup took place so that the collapsed economy could rebound.An adoption of the US dollar as currency was then put into place. Ecuadorian government has been plagued with internal corruption; six presidents have served in only seven years. The people are known as being composed, harmonious and gentle. There is a great mix of distinctive cultures all together in a compact area which makes for a mosaic of experiences and sights. Afro-Ecuadorians are well noted for their marimba music and dance festivals.
The ancient cultures of the tribes in the Andean areas still thrive.The people really make the country what it is in terms of great character. The bigger cities maintain a genuine yet pleasant feel due to the graciousness of the locals. Visitors are welcomed with an openness which is rare to find. The climate in Ecuador is tropical along the coast and in the Amazon region, but cooler in the higher altitudes.Temperatures along the coast and in the Amazon are from highs of 90 F to lows of 66 F. Quito’s temperatures range from highs of 72 F to lows of 55 F.
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