Beautiful, unique, lively, and...Home, are a few words used to describe Ecuador. Ecuador is located on Western South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean at the equator, between Colombia & Peru.
In 3500 B.C., the first settlements were build near Ecuador. Around the 1400s (A.D.), Incas, from Peru, invaded, (conquering the natives) in what is now present day Ecuador.
After years of invasions, treaties, and Spanish control, in the year 1830 Ecuador became its own independent country. Ecuador is known as, Republica de Ecuador.
...Ecuador has a population of about 15 million. "In fact, the population is a mix of Mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white), Amerindian, Spanish and Blacks." The country is divided into 3 continental regions; Costa, Sierra, and Oriente. Ecuador's capitol is Quito, although its is not the largest city. (Guayaquil is...)
The citizens take great pride in being Ecuadorian. As part of their culture, most Ecuadorians, speak Spanish. (Which is the countries official language) Some people speak Amerindian languages (especially Quechua).
With pride come great traditions...and food. Some traditions are, quinceañeras, religious festivals, parades. Which in involve special food, music and dances. Some celebratory days include, Founder's day (Dec. 1-6), Guayaquil state's Independence Day(Oct. 9), Cuenca state's Independence Day(Nov. 3), Day of the Dead(Nov. 2), and many more. (They also have New years and Christmas, the same day as the US)
Easter give you the opportunity to eat fanesca, a soup made of onions, peanuts, fish, rice, squash, broad beans, chochos, corn, lentils, bean, peas, and melloco.
Food & Agriculture
Many rural families in Ecuador feed themselves with their own farm production. "Commercial production of grain crops has been discouraged by imports of inexpensive grains from the United States; these imports have also encouraged a shift in diet away from traditional corn consumption and toward rice and wheat." Beef cattle is raised in the lowlands. Dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, and guinea pigs are in the highlands.
Some popular foods in Ecuador, Crema de Coco con Camaron, Mote Pillo, Arroz con Leche and Rosero Quiteno(which is a drink)
Ecuador's climate varies by region because of the difference in the altitude and to a degree, in proximity to the equator. The lowlands, to the west, are warm in temperature(77 degrees F). The highland has a constant cool climate, because of its elevation. The average temperature during the day is around 66 degrees F, which drops to 20 degrees F during the night.
There are only two "real" seasons in Ecuador... Dry & Wet.