Ecuador

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Ecuador is a South American Country.

Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands. In the Andean foothills at an elevation of 2,850m, Quito, the capital, is known for its largely intact Spanish colonial center, with decorated 16th- and 17th-century palaces and churches including the ornate Compañía de Jesús cathedral. The most popular sport played in Ecuador is football (soccer). Dependent on the resources available in the area, Ecuadorians eat different variations of pork, beef, and chicken.

El Parque National

Yasuni National Park

Yasuni National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Yasuní) is in Ecuador with an area of 9,820 km2 between the Napo and Curaray rivers in Napo and Pastaza provinces in Amazonian Ecuador. The national park lies within the Napo moist forests ecoregion and is primarily rain forest. The park is about 250 km from Quito and was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1989.

El Café

Café Libro

"We have worked, shared and enjoyed both the music, dance, literature, art and many rewarding moments with dear friends and regulars at this bohemian corner for

23 years… And although we do not know what the future holds, we continue with the same enthusiasm of the beginning." Cafe Libro serves drinks, and Ecuadorian style foods in the comfort of a culture rich decorated environment. Guests can enjoy their refreshments while being immersed in the rich Ecuadorian culture.

El Restaurante

Nuema

Nuema is a very high end restaurant located in Quito, Ecuador. They serve Ecuadorian, and South American foods. The chefs are very friendly and if asked will explain the cuisine for you. Nuema is the top restaurant in Quito.

El Museo

Museo Alberto Mena Caamaño

Museo Alberto Mena Caamaño is located in Quito, Ecuador. It includes a Wax museum with historical moments and figures in the former Quito prison. And, an interesting historical building with a restored part of the catacomb that traverse the Plaza de la Independencia, connecting churches and palaces.

La Iglesia

Iglesia de la Compañia de Jesus

The Church Foundation of the Society of Jesus Quito legally formed and approved on November 18, 1993 and reactivated on 28 February 1997. It was created by the Jesuit Community of Ecuador, with the primary purpose of preserving the Church Company as cultural heritage, artistic and religious, for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

El Monumento

La Virgen de Quito

The Virgin of Quito (Spanish, La Virgen de Quito) — also known as the Virgin of the Apocalypse, Winged Virgin of Quito, Dancing Madonna, and Legarda's Virgin— is a wooden sculpture by the Quiteño artist Bernardo de Legarda (ca. 1700-1773) which has become the most representative example of the Quito School of art, developed in the Ecuadorian capital during the Spanish colonial era. This particular Virgin became a popular cult image which is still venerated — via innumerable replicas — throughout the northern Andes.

La Biblioteca

Federico Gonzalez Suarez Library

The Federico Gonzalez Suarez Library was founded in 1896 and is part of Quito’s Metropolitan Cultural Center. It offers ongoing workshops to promote reading, tutoring and a service designed for browsing the internet and researching in open source books. The library supports 10 other libraries in Quito’s Metropolitan Library Network. Among its main activities, it works to strengthen the Municipal Library Network by acquiring new books, maintaining those that are in poor condition, providing furniture, and obtaining donation materials.

El Estadio

Estadio Banco del Pichincha

Estadio Banco del Pichincha is located in Guayaquil, Ecuador. It is a large, club inspired stadium run by Barcelona Sports Club. The most common sport played here is football (soccer).

El Zoológico

Zoológico de Quito

Quito Zoo, home to over 130 animals native to Ecuador, provides an easy way to see incredible wildlife unique to South America on an easy day trip from Quito. We act as a home for rescued or donated animals that have been taken from harmful living conditions.

El Parque de Diversiones

Vulqano Park

Vulqano Park is an amusement park in Quito, Ecuador. The park is part of a much larger entertainment complex named the TelefériQo. The park contains 24 attractions and two roller coasters that are aimed at all age groups. Attractions have various fees, and the park sells daily passes that include all mechanical rides.

La Piscina

Las Piscinas de La Virgen

These are the only hot pools in the town proper. Built as a community project in 1928, they are named for the Virgin Mary, who is said to have come here to dip her own feet. One bath is cold, another warm and a third reaches an intense 42°C (118°F).

El Lago

Cuicocha

Cuicocha is a 3 km wide caldera and crater lake at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano in the Cordillera Occidental of the Ecuadorian Andes. Its name comes from the Kichwa indigenous language and means "Lago del Cuy" or Guinea Pig Laguna in English.

Las Montañas

Sangay

Sangay is an active stratovolcano in central Ecuador. It is the most active volcano in Ecuador, having erupted three times in recorded history. It exhibits mostly strombolian activity; the most recent eruption, which started in 1934, is still ongoing. Geologically, Sangay marks the southern boundary of the Northern Volcanic Zone, and its position straddling two major pieces of crust accounts for its high level of activity. Sangay's approximately 500,000-year-old history is one of instability; two previous versions of the mountain were destroyed in massive flank collapses, evidence of which still litters its surroundings today.

La Playa

Atacames

Atacames is a beach town located on Ecuador's Northern Pacific coast. It is located in the province of Esmeraldas, approximately 30 kilometers south west from the capital of that province, which is also called Esmeraldas. In 2005 Atacames's population was 11,251 inhabitants. Atacames has one of the lowest rates of poverty in the province of Esmeraldas (68% in 2005).

La Plaza

Plaza de la Independencia

Independence Square (Spanish: Plaza de la Independencia, or colloquially as Plaza Grande) is the principal and central public square of Quito,Ecuador. This is the central square of the city and one of the symbols of the executive power of the nation. Its main feature is the monument to the independence heroes of August 10, 1809, date remembered as the First Cry of Independence of the Royal Audience of Quito from spanish monarchy. The square is flanked by the Carondelet Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, the Municipal Palace and the Plaza Grande Hotel.