Cayambe Volcano, Ecuadorhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cayambe_volcano_from_Quito.jpg
is a relatively small country in South America. Its official name, República del Ecuador, translates as "Republic of the Equator". True to its name, this democratic republic straddles the Equator. It covers 283,561 sq km (109,415 sq mi) and has a population of 15 million people.
The capital of Ecuador is Quito while its biggest city is Guayaquil. Ecuador also includes the Galapagos Islands, which is located in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km (620 mi) from the mainland. The official language of the country is Spanish.
Street of Quito, Ecuadorhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Quito_calle_Garc%C3%ADa_Moreno.jpg
Ecuador is in the Ecuador Time zone, which is five hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-5), while the Galapagos Islands is in Galapagos Time zone (UTC-6). The US Dollars is used as the official currency here. Traffic is driven on the right in Ecuador. The phone IDD code is +593. Electricity is 110-220V/60Hz using US and European plugs.
In 2010, Ecuador had a nominal GDP of $64 billion and a per capita nominal GDP of $4,928. Its per capita GDP at purchasing power parity is $8,322.
There is evidence of human habitation in Ecuador going back to around 3,500 BC. It was part of the Inca Empire in 1463, but was under Spanish rule since 1563. On 10 August, 1809, Quito became the first city in Latin America to call for independence from Spain. The independence came in stages, first to the city of Guayaquil on 9 October, 1820, and to the rest of Ecuador on 24 May, 1822. It became a republic in 1830. Another ten years would pass before its independence was recognized by Spain.
Today Ecuador is still politically volatile. As recently as 30 September, 2010, President Rafael Correa was taken hostage in a hospital by police officers in protest against cuts in benefits for public service workers.
Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve in the Ecuadorian Amazonhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AMAZON18.jpg
Planning your visit to Ecuador
Beginning 20 June, 2008, nationalities of all countries may enter Ecuador without a visa for a visit of up to 90 days. Having said this, Chinese citizens need a stamp from the Ecuador consulate.
The main airport is in Quito while the main port is in Guayaquil. Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) is the main gateway to Quito and to Ecuador. In the near future it will be replaced by a new international airport under construction in Tababela parish. As of 1 March 2009, there is an international departure tax of US$40.80, included into the airfare since February 2011.
Major Cities in Ecuador
World Heritage Sites in Ecuador
Ecuador ratified the World Heritage Convention on 16 June, 1975. As of August 2010, it has 4 World Heritage Sites, two in the cultural and two in the natural category. Ecuador also has another 6 sites on the World Heritage Tentative List. Ecuador served two terms on the World Heritage Committee, in 1976-1980 and 1995-2001.
The Galapagos was in the List of World Heritage in Danger between 2007 and 2010, when it was taken off that list.
Sites in Ecuador on the World Heritage Tentative List
- Ciudad de Zaruma (1998)
- Sitio arqueológico de Ingapirca (1998)
- Parque Nacional Machalilla (1998)
- Bosque petrificado de Puyango (1998)
- Complejo de fortificaciones precolombinas de Pambamarca (1998)
- Lacs du Cajas et Ruines de Paredones (2003)
Places of Interest in Ecuador
- Puerto López
Add your business/shop to my site
How would you like to have your business or shop added to this website, so that would-be customers can easily find you? This website provides place information of the whole world, with special emphasis on Malaysia and Singapore.
If you has a shop or business anywhere in Malaysia or Singapore, with a physical location, you may have your shop listed on one of the pages of this site. For example, a shop in Cheras will be placed on the Cheras page, another in Kota Bharu is listed in the Kota Bharu page, and so on. You only need to pay a one-time fee, and your shop will be listed for you for as long as this site is still running. There are different placement plans available. To find out more, CONTACT ME
If you're travelling somewhere, look for accommodation using the Search Hotel engine below. It helps you find the online booking site that offers the best rates for the room you want.
Going somewhere by express bus in Malaysia/Singapore?
Book your bus ticket online right here.
It is easy, safe and fast!.
Book your hotel room here
If you're traveling somewhere soon, book your hotel room online with Agoda. Agoda offers the best prices on 2,000,000+ properties worldwide. Click here
to find the room you want.
Looking for a book? Get it from Book Depository with free delivery worldwide!
I have just discovered Book Depository
, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, and I love it. This is where you can buy books and have them sent to you. But unlike Amazon, when you purchase using Book Depository, you enjoy free delivery worldwide. Give it a try today!
Hire a car
| Our Recipes
| Facebook Posts
| Just Curious
| Not In The Dictionary
| Our Flowering Garden
My YouTube Videos
Check out my YouTube Channel
and don't forget to subscribe!
About Timothy Tye
Welcome to my website, Discover with Timothy Tye
. I started it in 2003 to freely share information about places. Today it has close to thirty thousand pages. I have been writing this website full time since 1 November 2007, and continue to do so as a means to satisfy my curiosity about the world around me. I am happy if the information I have assembled is useful to you. Please follow me on Facebook
As a Christian, I hope that through this website, I am able to deliver God's Good News
to those who need it all over the world. If you wish to contact me, please submit the contact form
. Thanks again, don't forget to follow me on Facebook
Malaysia Travel Tips!
My Malaysia Travel Tips
has useful information on every state in Malaysia (Johor
, Negeri Sembilan
) and every major city and destination (Kuala Lumpur
, Johor Bahru
, Cameron Highlands
, Kota Kinabalu
, Alor Setar
, Petaling Jaya
, Kota Bharu
, Kuala Terengganu
) and hundreds of smaller towns.
Singapore Travel Tips!
In addition to covering Malaysia, I have created the travel tips for Singapore. Please visit my Singapore Travel Tips
for browse through the pages there.
This website is hosted on Bluehost
, one of the biggest web hosting companies in the world.
Copyright © 2003-2019 Timothy Tye
. All Rights Reserved.