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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.

Planeta

http://planeta.com/1607ecuador
http://planeta.com/1702turismopropone

Headlines

http://www.elcomercio.com/tendencias/nuevaamerica-pimampiro-imbabura-turismo-rutas.html
familias-namarin-saraguro-turismo-comunitario.html
se-elimina-el-cobro-por-ingreso-a-la-laguna-de-quilotoa
otro-nombre-pachamama-se-reactivo-vigilar-cierres-ong
top-10-places-to-visit-ecuador-coast-tropical-forest-eco-south-america
us-chevron-ecuador

2017 Elections

The eventual winner of the election will be sworn in to a four-year term in May.
http://planeta.com/1704ecuador
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/04/02/assange-ecuador-election/99961502
ecuadorans-vote-in-tense-elections-and-brace-for-a-narrow-finish
atest-ecuadoreans-choosing-president-close-race-46528194
americas/article142208864.html
julian-assange-waits-for-ecuadors-election-to-decide-his-future

Earlier
http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/tendencia-leninmoreno-guillermolasso-segundavuelta-ecuador.html
http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/conteo-cne-leninmoreno-guillermolasso-resultados.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ecuador-election-idUSKBN15Y05A
http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-ecuador-election-20170218-story.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38976948
https://www.thenation.com/article/ecuadors-left-wing-success-story
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuadorian_general_election,_2017
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elections_in_Ecuador

Ecuador Elections 04.2017

rss

ecuador - Google News
ecuador: Google Noticias

World Travel Directory

World Travel Directory: Ecuador
Black Sheep Inn - Wiki - @BlackSheepInn

Events

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

2018 RoutesAmerica (Quito)

Education

Spanish Language Schools in Ecuador

Wiki

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


Twitter

@VisitaQuito
@BlackSheepInn
@ecabanilla
@nomadom
@pgaybor
@PatricioTamariz
@RiobambaBot
@EcuadorTV
@NanMagazinec
@visit_cuencaec
@Ambiente_Ec
@TurismoEc
@amalavidatv
@ecoecuador
@TrenEcuador
@turismomejia
@CasadelaCultura
@makecuador
@IGecuador
@RioMuchacho
@PatrimonioEc
@FreddyEhlers
@IntranetMintur
@LorenaTapiaN
@adsecuador
@sandynaranjo
@MinturZonal5
https://twitter.com/alerprensa
https://twitter.com/ResisteHabitat3
https://twitter.com/Yasunidos
https://twitter.com/corapesatelital
https://twitter.com/clacpi
https://twitter.com/lahoraecuador
https://twitter.com/wambraradio
https://twitter.com/bikingecuador

Twitter Moments

⚡️ Improving tourism in Ecuador = Mejorando turismo en Ecuador #turismopropone
https://twitter.com/i/moments/832697278280327168
http://planeta.com/1702turismopropone
@ecabanilla @pgaybor @jorgepaguay @bikingecuador @cricaurt @Emolinav

⚡️ “Acción Ecólogica SOS”
https://twitter.com/i/moments/811689163435016193
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=55894
http://taz.de/Umweltschutz-in-Ecuador/!5366350;m
http://www.elcomercio.com/opinion/columna-paulinagarzon-accionecologica-ambiente-opinion.html
http://dialogochino.net/buen-vivir-a-manifesto-for-the-rights-of-nature - @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
https://www.facebook.com/MinisterioTurismoEcuador
http://www.amalavida.tv
http://www.turismo.gob.ec
https://issuu.com/sintesisturismoec
@IntranetMintur @TurismoEc
other Tourism Portals

Ecuador Tourism Spotlight: Numbers, Research, Stats

Facebook

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

Google+

Black Sheep Inn

Flickr

Ecuador Flickr

Parks

Ecuador Parks

Quito


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'.

http://www.ecuadoradio.ec
https://twitter.com/notiecuadoradio

https://aler.org/online-as.html


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.

Tourism

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
www.riomuchacho.com
www.ecuadorcloudforest.com
www.bellavistacloudforest.com
www.lacasaverde.com.ec
mindocasadivina.com
www.sanilodge.com
zuleta.com

Editing

Quito
Ecuador's Amazon
Ecuador
Manta
Otavalo
Guayaquil
Manta
Bahía de Caráquez

Blogs

http://makecuador.blogspot.mx
http://blog.espol.edu.ec/cricaurt

Slideshare

Turismo y Web en Ecuador
http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/ecuadorontheweb




Wikipedia

Ecuador
Ilex_guayusa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Ecuador

2015 Headlines: Volcano Rumblings

http://www.larepublica.ec/blog/sociedad/2015/09/14/anuncian-procesos-penales-contra-facebookeros-por-violar-censura-sobre-el-cotopaxi
http://www.caribbeannewsdigital.com/noticia/actividad-de-volcan-cotopaxi-afecta-turismo-en-ecuador
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Ecuador-Dispels-Rumors-of-Increased-Danger-of-Cotopaxi-Volcano-20150902-0012.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/16/ecuador-volcano-quito-cotopaxi
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/08/18/ecuadorian-volcano-threatens-325-000



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(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

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/26/oil-drilling-underway-beneath-ecuadors-yasuni-national-park
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/arts/music/found-in-ecuador-a-time-capsule-for-the-ears.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36122648
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Weve-Cried-So-Much-Ecuador-FM-Details-Quake-Recovery-Effort-20160423-0006.html
http://www.turismo.gob.ec/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/UPDATE-INFRASTRUCTURE-AND-TOURIST-SERVICES-ENGLISH.pdf
https://issuu.com/sintesisturismoec/docs/industria-turismo_nacional_ingles
https://issuu.com/sintesisturismoec/docs/industria-turismo_nacional_espa__ol
http://abc7chicago.com/news/hundreds-in-chicago-mobilize-to-help-ecuador-quake-victims/1299576
http://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2016/04/20/youtubers-de-ecuador-la-fuerza-solidaria-que-mueve-la-ayuda-tras-el-terremoto
http://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2016/04/20/reconstruccion-en-ecuador-una-tarea-de-largo-plazo-y-costosa
http://www.tomnod.com/campaign/ecuador_earthquake_2016/map/duexwy1i
http://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias/2016/04/160417_ecuador_terremoto_manta_correa_cronica_bm
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/04/ecuador-earthquake-death-toll/478623
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/4cca98a02691407e9671ed0c2da9a92c/latest-spain-sends-quake-rescue-team-ecuador
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
http://www.bbc.com/mundo/video_fotos/2016/04/160417_fotos_terremoto_ecuador_aw

Facebook activated its Safety Check feature so people could check on friends in the affected area.
https://www.facebook.com/topic/Ecuador/103986029639414
https://www.facebook.com/Ecuadornoworg-639203336230766

How to help
http://www.mediospublicos.ec/ecuador-listo-y-solidario
http://mashable.com/2016/04/18/ecuador-earthquake-how-to-help
http://4pelagatos.com/2016/04/17/como-ayudar-una-guia-urgente
http://photos.state.gov/libraries/ecuador/32152/pdfs/Ec%20Earthquake%20HD.pdf

Campaigns
https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/nicandfamily

Hashtags
#EcuadorEarthquake
#TodosPorEcuador
#SismoEcuador
#EcuadorNow




EarthDay Hangout

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV0KqeTsSAE




Manabí Culture

http://www.metroecuador.com.ec/noticias/manabi-espera-a-los-turistas-para-reactivar-su-economia/rUrpfh---KgNy5iqkbnoc
http://www.elcomercio.com/tendencias/amorfino-identidad-montuvios-manabi-tradicion.html
http://www.elcomercio.com/tendencias/investigadores-escritura-palabra-montuvio-encuentro.html
Cuentos y Leyendas de la costa Ecuatoriana

Other Headlines

http://www.cuencahighlife.com/government-not-appreciate-dicaprios-3-4-million-gift-protect-ecuadors-rain-forest
Cambio climático y sostenibilidad del banano en el Ecuador - FAO
http://www.americaeconomica.com/ecuador/20775/ecuador-turismo-2018.html
Turismo comunitario se abre paso en Ecuador
http://www.telegrafo.com.ec/economia/item/el-sector-turistico-genera-405-820-fuentes-de-empleo.html
http://www.elciudadano.gob.ec/la-primera-minga-de-turismo-comunitario-se-desarrollara-en-ibarra
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
http://www.turismo.gob.ec/ecuador-identifico-nuevas-oportunidades-de-conectividad-aerea-para-beneficio-del-turismo-receptor
http://www.trishavelarmino.com/2014/04/quick-guide-ecuadorian-spanish-slang.html

Hangouts

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



Misc

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

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