The Galapagos Islands is inevitably tied to the country of Ecuador in terms of political and economic policies, culture, and other important aspects. Ecuadorian government always has a say in the goings-on within the islands, especially for the tourism sector. As such, we present you with a basic information sheet about everything you might need to know about Ecuador and Ecuadorian policies, customs, beliefs, and general culture.
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Ecuador South America
Ecuador is the second smallest country in South-America, but with a vast diversity of ecosystems spread out in 4 regions such as the Highlands, the coast, the rainforest, and the islands.
Ecuador is a particular spot where visitors can engage in a variety of activities regarding the tourism industry. Therefore, there are places available for adventure, naturalism, cultural, ecological and communitarian tourism through all regions nationwide.
The “Light of America”, was declared by UNESCO a World Cultural Heritage in 1978, it is without doubt one of the most beautiful capital cities in Latin America. It is surrounded by the Spanish architecture which includes baroque and neo-gothic style churches. Quito’s downtown uncovers the history of The Incas and the Spaniards. The “canelazo” is a traditional beverage drunk in special indigenous ceremonies and parades; it is prepared using cinnamon and “puntas”. Panoramic views from the Teleferico, Itchimbia and other gazebos will show the visitant how the metropolis has evolved during the last century.
Ecuador’s richest treasure is located on the Archipelago of Colon. Charles Darwin based all his research on these magical volcanic islands. The Origin of the Species and the Theory of Evolution was inspired by the numerous finches and unique species in the world. The majesty of the Galapagos tortoises is revealed as soon as you enter their territory. The beauty of the iguanas and flamingos can be contemplated.
The “Pearl of the Pacific” is the largest and most populous city. A visit to the Malecón 2000 and the traditional “Las Peñas” neighborhood cannot be missed. The astonishing beaches will allow you to relax. This metropolis is a treasure where the conquistadors Simón Bolívar and José de San Martín signed several pacts. The food and the traditional “ceviche” (shrimp cocktail) will allow the visitant to be delighted.
This traditional city offers the visitant the opportunity to contemplate the indigenous traditions as well as their textile ability. The indigenous markets are famous as their offer autochthonous art. Interaction with this amazing culture is essential to enjoy the folklore and their art. Otavalo has the world’s biggest indigenous market.
The Ecuadorian Amazon is a biodiversity hotspot. The principal attraction of the hilly forest is, of course, the trees like the timber trees, some soaring higher than 46 m. The Amazon Rainforest supports over 600 species of fish and more than 250 species of amphibians and reptiles like the famous wart snake, caimans and tree frogs. The Amazon home ancient tribes like the Shuar, Huaoranis, Cofani and Secoya who reside in the forest maintaining their cultures and traditions intact even after colonization.
The Ecuadorian Highlands can be toured in a train journey to visit the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’. The Ecuadorian Andes mountain range contains volcanoes like, Cotopaxi, the tallest active volcano and Chimborazo which is the farthest point form the centre of the Earth. The Devil’s Nose Train Ride is very popular and essential to enjoy this ‘avenue’.
Ecuador for Tour Operators
WHY SHOULD I SELL ECUADOR?
This South American country is located in the Middle of the Earth. It has four unique regions, the Highlands or Andes, the Coast, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands. The capital, Quito, is known as the ‘Light of America’ and the Hispanic capital of Culture. This country is replete of things to explore and experiment. Its cultural background of the Incas and then the Spanish colonization is reflected in its culture.
WHO CAN I SELL ECUADOR TO?
Ecuador is often sold including the Galapagos Islands, an UNESCO Natural Heritage, combining it with city tours around Quito, a Cultural World Heritage and the Middle of the World, and Otavalo, a city with the world’s largest indigenous market. Additionally, the Andes are requested by the adventurous travelers as they will be tempted to hike mountains like Cotopaxi, the world’s highest active volcano, or Chimborazo, whose peak is the farthest point from the Earth’s centre.
HOW DO I GET THERE? HOW DO YOU GET AROUND?
Ecuador possesses two international airports in Quito and Guayaquil. International flights arrive into these airports. Direct and scale international flights depend on the airline. Flights to local airports of other cities can be done from Quito and Guayaquil. There are local airports in the most important cities of Ecuador.
• UIO: Quito
• GYE: Guayaquil
• CUE: Cuenca
• ATF: Ambato
• OCC: Coca
• ESM: Esmeraldas
• GPS: Galapagos
• XMS: Macas
• PVO: Portoviejo
• International departure taxes: USD 43, which is already included in the ticket.
• The VAT in Ecuador is: 12%
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