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Official languageSpanish
Area283.561 km²
Population18,105,578  (2021)
CurrencyUS dollar  (USD)

Cities in ECUADOR


Popular destinations ECUADOR

Galapagos islands

Vacations and Sightseeing

Pristine rainforest in EcuadorPristine rainforest in EcuadorPhoto:Hubertl CC 3.0 Unported no changes made

Tourism is an important economic activity. The landscapes of the Andes, the Native American population, the beaches, the rainforest and the Galápagos Islands are major tourist attractions. The average growth in the number of tourists is currently around 10% per year. In 1995 it was decided to set the number of visitors per year at a maximum of 75,000. The islands are currently visited by 50,000 to 60,000 tourists a year, three quarters of which are from abroad and one quarter from Ecuador itself.

Quito, EcuadorQuito, EcuadorPhoto: Michael Shade in the public domain

Quito is the capital of Ecuador. It was the first city to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. People can feel the heartbeat of Eucador when they visit Quito. The old important city has many historical artifacts. has a large collection on the art, history and culture of Ecuador. High over old Quito stands the colossal 45m-high Virgin of Quito on Panecillo Hill. The virgin is depicted with a snake at her feet. She is both the patron saint and the emblem of the city. Enjoy the view of the city from the promenade or climb to the top of the viewing platform. In the perfectly preserved colonial center of Quito, market stalls with hand-woven Panama hats line steep, narrow streets. Admire the beautiful details of these hats, the perfect souvenir from your vacation in Quito. The best Panama hats can be found at Homero Ortega & Hijos in the New City or opt for fair-trade wooden bowls and woven mats at the Sinchi Sacha Foundation in the Old City. The La Mariscal district is the best place for old crafts. You will find Lama wool carpets and jewelery and ethnic art. Read more on the Quito page of TheWorldOfInfo.

Galapagos Islands, EcuadorGalapagos Islands, EcuadorPhoto:Bhasker Thodla CC3.0 Unported no changes made

Many travel agencies organize trips to the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands are world famous for its wildlife (penguins, many beautiful birds, reptiles, turtles, sea lions, dolphins etc.). Darwin was already fascinated by the animals of the Galapagos Islands and did research here. A trip to the Galapagos is not cheap, count on about 1000 dollars for a four day trip.



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Last updated April 2024
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