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Ecuador & the Galapagos Holidays

Ecuador & the Galapagos Holidays

Despite being the smallest of the Andean nations, Ecuador punches well above its weight and has as much spectacular scenery, natural beauty and cultural interest as its larger neighbours.

  • Capital city: Quito
  • Population: 16,144,000 2015 (est 2015)
  • Size of country: 283,561 sq km
  • Currency: US dollars
  • Power supply: 110-120 Volts
  • Sockets: US-style two-pin variety
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time difference: GMT -5 hours
  • Visas: British passport holders can currently stay in Ecuador as tourists for up to 90 days without a visa
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 95%, other 5%
  • Popular dishes: Locro de papa (soup with avocados, potatoes and cheese)
  • Popular drinks: Canelazo (hot alcoholic beverage made with sugar cane alcohol)
  • Did you know: Chimborazo is arguably the tallest mountain in the world. Mount Everest is highest if you use height above sea level but if you measure distance from the centre of the earth, then Chimborazo is much higher – by around two miles – since the earth is not a perfect sphere, but bulges considerably around the Equator.
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