Published on December 7th, 2013 | by Geckos Tales Team
Facty things: 10 facts about Ecuador
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Travelling in Ecuador is like travelling in a compact version of the whole of South America. You can see the Andes, climb volcanoes, head to the beach, go wild in the Amazon jungle, hang out with llamas and of course see the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. If shopping is your thing there’s the Otavalo market town, if adventure sport is your thing there’s Banos (not to be confused with the Spanish word for toilet, which is also banos).
If evolution is your thing, there are the incredible Galapagos Islands. For the foodie there are hundreds of ways to eat chicken, beans and guinea pig (yeah, guinea pig). And if you like parties that don’t start until midnight and don’t finish until the fireworks go off, Ecuador is your kind of place.
1. BIG ON DUMMIES
At New Year the Ecuadorians burn effigies of the bad things that happened the year before.
2. THE WINDS OF CHANGE
For a while there they had 3 presidents in 7 years. Sounds like somewhere else we know… Australia, we’re looking at you.
3. PISCO’S HOME
OK, it’s not actually the home of Pisco, that’s an ongoing debate between Peru and Chile. But in our opinion, the Ecuadorians do it best.
4. PANAMA HATTERS
A huge source of pride for Ecuadorians is their Panama Hat. There are even museums showing how it got misnamed.
5. THE EQUATOR GOES THROUGH ECUADOR TWICE
When the French erected a monument to the equator they got the measurements wrong. The right spot was marked by Indigenous Ecuadorians centuries before.
6. FRUIT NUTS
Ecuadorians are crazy for fruit. In fact, there are 300 types of bananas alone grown there.
7. TRASHY MUSIC
Ecuadorians garbage trucks play music, just like ice cream vans.
8. HEAPS OF BIRDS
There are around 750,000 sea birds in the Galapagos. If you laid them end–to-end there would be enough to go around the world at least twice. Probably.
9. ON THE BOIL
Water will boil at 90 degrees Celsius in Quito due to the altitude.
10. HISTORIC FLAG
The Ecuadorian flag retains the three main colours of Gran Columbia, the South American republic than disbanded in 1830.