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Ecuador Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting


Ecuador travel guide and destination overview of the country. Key information, general overview, and more for travelers to Ecuador.

Republic of Ecuador • República del Ecuador • Ikwayur Runaq Imayka

Ecuador, officially the Republic of Ecuador, is a country in northwestern South America. It is bordered by Colombia on the northeast, Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean to the west.

Ecuador also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 1,000 km (620 mi) west of the mainland. Ecuador gets its name from the equator, which it straddles.

Quito is the capital and largest city.

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Ecuador Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of Ecuador – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Quito

Largest City: Guayaquil

Population: 17.4 million (2020 estimate)

Language(s)Spanish, Quechua, various regional

President: Lenín Moreno

Vice President: Otto Sonnenholzner

Currency: US Dollar $ (USD)

Area: 283,560 km2 (109,480 mi2)

Dialing Code: +593

Time Zones:
•   Ecuador Time “ECT” (UTC-5)
•   Galápagos Time “GALT” (UTC-6)

Demonym: Ecuadorian (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: Ecuador (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 101 (general number for police, fire, etc.), 131 (ambulance)

Drinking Age: 18

Smoking Age: None (18 to purchase)

Age of Consent: 14-18

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: 120 V, 60 Hz, Plug Types A / B (define)

ISO Country Code: EC

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