Information & Guidance for Coastal Living At It's Finest

Where In Heck Is Ecuador?  

South America


Ecuador's POPULATION 14,306,876

Principal Cities                                                    
  Name Adm. MU P 2010-07-01
1 Guayaquil GUA 2,278,691
2 Quito PIC 1,619,800
3 Cuenca AZU 402,100
4 Portoviejo MAN 257,000
5 Machala EOR 250,000
6 Santo Domingo SDT 231,300
7 Ambato TUN 224,700
8 Manta MAN 300,500
9 Eloy Alfaro GUA 201,000
10 Riobamba CHI 189,500

Note: Information is from City Population de Ecuador

Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America. It lies on both the Northern and the Southern Hemispheres and is divided by the Equator, thus the name of the country.
It borders Colombia (North), Peru (South and East), and the Pacific Ocean (West).

Area: about 270.670 km2 = 168.186 square miles.

Distance from the North to South: 1.081 km = 672 miles.

Language: The first language is Spanish; however, most of the indigenous population speaks Quichua. There are 18 different languages among native communities.
*    Galapagos
*    Coast: Esmeraldas, Manabí, Los Rios, Guayas, Santa Elena, El Oro.
*    Andes: Carchi, Imbabura, Pichincha, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, Bolivar, Chimborazo, Cañar, Azuay and Loja.
*    Amazonia: Sucumbios, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Morona Santiago & Zamora Chinchipe.

Relgion: 95% Catholic.
Currency: United States Dollar. The Ecuadorian government has also produced a series of local coins that have the same value as the U.S. coins (which are also accepted). Banks are open Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm and on Saturdays until 12:00pm.
Government: Democratic. President is Rafael Correa Delgado.
Climate: The climate throughout the country ranges from tropical equatorial rain in the Amazon to perpetual snow on the top of the mountains. Cities in the highlands have temperatures that vary from 50ºF to 70ºF, while coastal cities’ temperatures vary from 70ºF to 80ºF during the day. The weather in the jungle is constant: rainy, humid and warm. The Galapagos Islands are sunny and warm during the months of December-May; the temperature drops from June to November.

What To Wear: In Quito and the highlands the weather is very unpredictable. A common saying is that you can live the four seasons in one day: from intense sun to hail. One needs to look out the window before deciding what to wear each day. During June, July and August the weather is sunnier but windy. During the rest of the year you need warmer clothing such as what you would wear during the fall. A raincoat or jacket is useful all year long, since at night it gets pretty chilly.
Guayaquil and other coastal cities: wear summer clothing all year round. During the rainy months, December to May, the weather is still very warm. During the months of June through November the weather is cloudy and a bit cooler.

• Galapagos: wear comfortable walking shoes and casual clothing. Shorts, t-shirts and summer clothing will be just fine. Don’t forget a hat, a camera, sun block, and a bathing suit. During the months of June to November the weather is cloudy and a bit colder. Bring along a light jacket.

• Amazon or Jungle: wear clothing suitable for rain. If you can get yourself a raincoat (poncho), take it with you, as well as several sets of light pants and long sleeve shirts. Shorts are less useful because of the insects and abundant vegetation that you will walk through on your excursions. A hat, rubber boots and insect repellent are also a must.
Taxi Rates: In the Manta area are $1.25 during the day until 6pm, then $1.50 for rides anywhere within the city. In Quito & Guayaquil the taxi rates might be slightly higher.
Transportation: Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca and Manta have airports. To fly in and out of Manta you must fly through Quito. No other flights fly into Manta. There is bus transportation to anywhere in Ecuador. One of the main bus services is “Reina Del Camino” from Quito, Guayaquil to Manta.

Suggestions: I believe the government and law enforcement are working hard towards keeping the public safe but there are still personal “common sense” suggestions.
·    Don’t walk at night in badly lit areas.
·    Leave documentation and valuable things in your hotel room or in the safety deposit boxes.
·    Carry your backpack at the front, especially if you are carrying a photo camera.
·    Whenever you sit at a coffee shop, restaurant, Internet cafe, or any open space, keep your things next to you.
·    Be aware if someone comes suspiciously too close to you.
·    If you travel on a bus, don’t receive any candy or papers from strangers and keep your valuables with you in your seat.
·    When you are at the airport, pay special attention to your belongings.
·    When using any ATM; look around the area and go during the day.
·    Make sure you use your good judgment when fining places to stay
Lastly, don’t make yourself look like a tourist target. No expensive jewelry. 

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