Ecuador

by David Loeffler

Map of Ecuador and its Capitol Quito

Exchange Rate

Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar like us. So the exchange rate is one.

Exports and Imports

The main exports are petroleum, bananas, cut flowers, and shrimp. They mainly ship to the U.S. but also to Panama, Peru, and Italy.

The major imports include, vehicles, medical products, and other electrical stuff. They usually import these things from the U.S. China, Venezuela, Chile, Columbia, Brazil, Mexico, and Japan.

Major Cities

The biggest city is the city of Guayaquil. It has a population of 2,278,691.

The second largest city is Quito. It is the capital city and has a population of 1,671,191. It also has an elevation of 9,350 feet above sea level, the highest of any capital city in the world.

The third largest city is Cuenca. It has a population of 329,920 people. It is cool because is on cliffs and has hanging houses.

Top 3 tourist attractions

The number one tourist attraction is the Galapagos Islands. They are small volcanic islands that even though they are 620 miles east in the Pacific Ocean from Ecuador still belong to Ecuador. They are where Charles Darwin did his studies on Natural Selection and they have a lot of different animal species, including Giant tortoises, penguins, and different bird species. All visitors have to be accompanied by a national park tour guide.

Another popular tourist attraction in Ecuador is the San Francisco church located in Quito. It took 70 years to build and is 40,000 square meters.

The third place to go is Cotopaxi. A snow covered volcano 19,347 feet in elevation. It is also still an active volcano.

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