Despite its small size, Ecuador features plenty of areas to explore. It is a tropical country located on the equator, well known for its active volcanoes and different climates, varying with elevation from the Andes mountains to the cloud forests of Mindo, to the Amazon Rain Forest, to the Pacific coast. Ecuador features a fantastic variety of unique flora and fauna, many of which can only be found in the Galapagos Islands, located 620 miles out in the Pacific Ocean. Quito, once an administrative seat of the Spanish Empire, is the capital of Ecuador. It was one of the first cities designated as a world heritage site for the well-preserved architecture of its beautiful historical center.
Ecuador’s colorful culture is prominent in the traditional textile markets of the largely indigenous city of Otavalo, which lies in the shadow of amazing volcanic peaks. The largest city is Guayaquil, a bustling port city home to many universities.A land of distinct climates, dynamic natural settings, and diverse peoples, Ecuador is an exciting crossroads of South America.
Ecuador has a tropical climate that varies somewhat by altitude, where the lowlands are hottest and receive the most precipitation. The wet season occurs from December to May.
Religion and Festivals
Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion of Ecuador.
Ecuador is accessible by bus from neighboring countries and by plane through major airports at Quito and Guayaquil. Within the country, buses and taxis are common means of transportation. Excursions into the rain forest often utilize canoes.
Ecuador is one of the best places to learn Spanish, for the Ecuadorians tend to speak a clear and slow Spanish. Ecuador’s main universities are in Quito, the capital. They include the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, the private San Francisco University of Quito, and the national Central University of Ecuador, founded in 1826. Ecuador’s technical institutes include the Particular Technical University of Loja and the Polytechnic University of the Coast.
There are many scholarships to fund your study abroad experience. Here is a list of Diversity Abroad scholarships available for study in this country:
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Although homosexuality has been legal since 1997, conservative Roman Catholic ideologies and "Machista" *or male-dominated gender roles) continue to inform society's view of same-sex relationships. Students who identify as LGBTQ should be cautious when engaging in same-sex public displays of affection since it is still not a widely accepted social norm.
Mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 65%, Amerindian 25%, Spanish and others 7%, black 3%
Ecuador shares a border with Colombia to the north, Peru to the East, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Located along the equator (as its name reflects), weather stays nice and spring/summer like year-round. Plus, Ecuador has used U.S. dollars since 2000, so there's no need to exchange your dollars for local currency.
Quito, Ecuador's capital city, is home to a bustling city life that also happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage. Yes, the ENTIRE city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the first to be ever honored as such! Explore the well preserved ruins and monuments that are nearly 500 years old. If you're interested in escaping the city, consider a trip to the nearby Galapagos Islands, also a UNESCO World Heritage site!
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