The Political Map of Ecuador shows the international boundaries, provincial boundaries with names, the national capital, and provincial capitals.
Geography of Ecuador
Situated in Western South America, Ecuador borders the Pacific Ocean at the Equator, the reason why it is called Ecuador. The country envelopes a broad degree of natural formations including the plains of the Amazon Basin; desert-like southern coast; and the Andes mountains’ snowcapped peaks, etc. Ecuador borders Colombia towards the north; Peru towards the South and the East; and the Pacific Ocean towards the west. It even embraces the Galapagos Islands’ Pacific archipelago.
Demography of Ecuador
The total population of Ecuador as of Aug 2020 is 17,670,744 (UN data). The country has positive migration and fertility rate; approximately 2.44 births/woman. Economically, Ecuador is a poor country with around 35% of the total population surviving in poverty, resulting in chronic famine and the fast population increases are estimated to aggravate the issue.
Approx. 71.9% of the people here are Mestizos, the descendant’s ethnic groups of Spanish colonists; Amerindians (South American Indians) account for almost 7%; Afro-Ecuadorians make up 7%, and 12.% are the descendants of Europe. The country has a prolonged history of Christianity followers that is still intact today and the official language is Spanish.
Culture in Ecuador
Domestic abuse is a common social ill faced by nuclear families in Ecuador. Mountains in Ecuador are with a powerful spiritual significance; the biggest mountains are usually called Taita (known as the father in Quechua) and the second biggest is called Mama. Every ethnic group in the country depends upon therapists (healers) either male or female, for physiological treatments and spiritual guidance too. People in Ecuador are passionate about soccer. Recently, the country’s economic growth has considerably improved the country’s game too.
Places to visit in Ecuador
You must certainly visit Quilotoa Loop if you have made a trip to Ecuador as it links various hiking tracks crossing the isolated villages of Andean and offering the visitors the mesmerizing sight of the popular Crater Lake.
This is an ideal place for shopping as Otavalo’s markets are vibrant and offers a wide range of handmade crafts along with jewelry made of different textiles and leather items too. An ideal place for photography as locals can be found in abundance wearing ethnic clothes and jewelry, exclusive shots of locals wearing their traditional outfits and snowcapped mountains in the, Otavalo should certainly a must-visit place on your list.
These are the volcanic islands with a unique ecosystem situated in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. You may easily spot the sea lions, Iguanas, and penguins around the region; however, you may come across certain restrictions to visit the Island as the Ecuador authority is trying to preserve the national park here. However, you may visit the area and the nearby areas with a professional and certified tourist guide that would help you get a stimulating meeting with the most mesmerizing and picturesque scene of Galapagos Island.
Bets time to visit the place is in between December to April, when recurrent rainfalls and clear skies make the view more scenic; however, the temperature is relatively high and humid then. Between May to November, the weather is relatively cool, specifically in the south with little chances of rainfall.