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Ecuador is a compact nation with four distinct zones: Andes Mountains (with the most active volcanoes in the world), the Pacific Coast, Amazon Jungle and the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador is bordered on the north by Colombia, the south and east by Peru and the west by the Pacific Ocean. All four zones are easily accessible, although for such a small country it does take time to travel from one area to another due to twisting and winding roads through the mountains. Slow travelers, enjoy and buen vivir!

Because Ecuador has so many distinct micro-climates in such a small area it is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world. The country is home to more than 1,600 bird species (15% of the world's known bird species) in the continental area, and 38 more endemic in the Galapagos. In addition to more than 16,000 species of plants, the country has 106 endemic reptiles, 138 endemic amphibians and 6,000 species of butterflies.



2017 Elections

The eventual winner of the election will be sworn in to a four-year term in May.


Ecuador Elections 04.2017


ecuador - Google News

World Travel Directory: EcuadorWorld Travel Directory

Black Sheep Inn - Wiki - @BlackSheepInn


February 12-18, 2018 Semana de Viajes Responsables (Responsible Travel Week) #rtweek18

2018 RoutesAmerica (Quito)


Spanish Language Schools in Ecuador


Ecuador Coast
Ecuador Energy
Ecuador Food
ecuador night
Ecuador parks
ecuador proposal
Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador
Alexander Von Humboldt




Twitter Moments

⚡️ Improving tourism in Ecuador = Mejorando turismo en Ecuador #turismopropone
@ecabanilla @pgaybor @jorgepaguay @bikingecuador @cricaurt @Emolinav

⚡️ “Acción Ecólogica SOS”!5366350;m - @DialogoChino

What are your favorite places to visit in Ecuador? =¿Cuáles son tus lugares favoritos para visitar en Ecuador?
Ron: Guayaquil, Bahia de Caraquez, Manta, Chugchilan, Riobamba, Ambato, Baños, Cuenca, Otavalo, Quito

Ecuador Tourism Spotlight: Numbers, Research, Stats

Suggestions welcome!
Ecuador travel - Facebook
@IntranetMintur @TurismoEc
other Tourism Portals

Ecuador Tourism Spotlight: Numbers, Research, Stats


Rio Muchacho
Ecuador and Galapagos
Ñan Magazine
You know you´ve lived in Quito when...
Vocabulario Ecuatoriano


Black Sheep Inn


Ecuador Flickr


Ecuador Parks


Recommended Listening

Earth Jurisprudence - A river in Ecuador won a court case. The Vilcabamba River was the plaintiff in a case brought against the Provincial Government of Loja. Damage was being caused to the river by the widening of a highway beside it. This was the first test of Ecuador's 2008 Constitution, which outlines the Rights of Nature. It was welcome news to the burgeoning worldwide movement for the Rights of Nature, enacted through 'Wild law', or 'Earth Jurisprudence'.

Ecuador FYI

Ecuador is Spanish for equator - and it is actually located on the equator.
Ecuador adopted the US Dollar as its official currency in January 2000 to stabilize the economy.
Ecuador is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world; with 1,600 bird species in the continental area and 38 endemic species in the Galápagos.
Ecuador has several indigenous groups and over 20 different languages spoken. Predominant languages are Spanish and Quichua.
Ecuador has approximately 14 million people.


Many tourist hotels and agencies are jumping on the bandwagon and calling themselves ECO tourism operations. There are several very good ones out there, but as a traveler beware of green washing. As an eco conscious traveler look for the following from your accommodations. This Eco-Definition was written in 2001-2002 by the Black Sheep Inn through online research and personal experiences.

1. Conservation takes place on many different levels. It can be in the form of private reserves, native tree reforestation, or supporting an established Ecuadorian Reserve area. Although pristine protected areas are extremely attractive for tourists to visit, it is important to know that the purpose of a protected area is to maintain habitat for flora and fauna, allowing species to exist and thrive without human interference. Whenever visiting a protected area, your visit should be made with minimal impact.

2. Low Impact and Green Efforts have to do with how a hotel or agency manages its own impact and waste. Ecological management practices include recycling, water and energy conservation, ecological waste systems (such as composting, and gray water systems), and allowing the guest to decide whether to change linens or towels. These simple efforts make a huge difference in the long-term impact of tourism. In nature there is no waste, everything is recycled and used over and over again on the planet. Tourist facilities should have the same "No Waste" practice.

3. Sustainability means that many of the products consumed at a facility are locally produced. Good examples of sustainability are construction using local materials and methods, organic gardens for on site food production and using renewable energy resources. Ultimately sustainability means a lifestyle that is in balance, and can easily be maintained in the future. This is especially important when visiting ecologically sensitive areas.

4. Community Involvement is one of the most important parts of ECO-tourism. Is tourism helping the area? Is the establishment sensitive to its effect on the community? Tourism needs to benefit the local population and culture. Ideally, the community should own the establishment, but if this is not so, the locals that are employed should have non-menial jobs and paid fairly. The community should benefit from the natural and cultural resources that they are willing to conserve and share with visitors/tourists. Ecotourism can be a tool for alleviating poverty.

5. Environmental Education and Interpretation means that as a guest you leave an ECO-facility having learned something about the environment, the culture, or even new ways of recycling. It is important that the spread of information is clear and relevant. Also look for educational programs that help the community to preserve their environment and culture and further their own education.

The wonder of traveling is that not only does it change you, but it also changes the world. Take care of each other!!

Ecuador's Leaders in Ecotourism

Black Sheep Inn - Wiki
Rio Muchacho Organic Farm - Facebook


Ecuador's Amazon
Bahía de Caráquez



Turismo y Web en Ecuador



2015 Headlines: Volcano Rumblings


(04.2016): Sympathies and best wishes to friends in ‪#‎Ecuador‬ who are dealing with the aftershocks of a terrible earthquake. Please let us know how best to be supportive.
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2016 Earthquake
Ecuador earthquake of 7.8 magnitude kills dozens
Al menos 77 muertos y 588 heridos tras poderoso terremoto sentido en todo Ecuador
Powerful earthquake kills dozens in Ecuador - Washington Post

Facebook activated its Safety Check feature so people could check on friends in the affected area.

How to help



EarthDay Hangout

Manabí Culture
Cuentos y Leyendas de la costa Ecuatoriana

Other Headlines
Cambio climático y sostenibilidad del banano en el Ecuador - FAO
Turismo comunitario se abre paso en Ecuador
Alejandra Ordoñez, nueva Directora del Parque Nacional Galápagos
Ecuador goes for Super Bowl exposure with halftime ad
Ecuador Tourism Is Spending $3.8 Million on a Super Bowl Ad
Sumak Pacha, turismo en comunidad


July 1, 1pm PDT South America Travel: Quito Hangout
@ecabanilla @pgaybor


The roads have been greatly improved due to social and infrastructure development by the current President, Rafael Correa.

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