Get Inspired / South America / Ecuador Experience Ecuador Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / South America / Ecuador Experience Ecuador story by: Inspire South America The home of the tree tomato, which isn’t a tomato; the Panama hat (that’s made here and not in Panama) and roasted cuy (guinea pig) which you certainly won’t find on a New Zealand barbecue, Ecuador has a South American charm of its own. Its quirkiness aside, Ecuador is a breathtakingly diverse country. From the wonderful wilds of the Amazonian jungle, through Andean cloud forest, warm Pacific Island beaches and the spectacular wildlife of the Galapagos Islands – Ecuador is overflowing with good things in a small parcel. Living amongst all these riches is a pot pourri of people, including those of indigenous Inca and Spanish descent. Colonial architecture from the time of the Spanish lives on in splendour in the capital Quito and in Cuenca, both world heritage-listed sites. There are markets, little changed for hundreds of years, to explore, such as Otaval famed for its weaving and arguably the most famous craft market in South America. You’ll spot the locals straightaway – the men with their pony tails and ponchos, the women with braided hair and frilled blouses. The country is remarkably rich in animals – 350 species of mammal alone and more than 1600 bird species. There are giant tortoises and sea lions on the Galapagos, improbably gaudy toucan, sloths, anteaters and armadillos in the forests. Ecuador Fast Facts: Country Name: Rebublic of Ecuador Population: 13.6 Million Capital: Quito Languages: Spanish, Quechua Currency: US dollar Time Zone: 17 hours behind New Zealand (18 hours with daylight saving) Electricity: Current is 110V, 60HZ Plug is a 2 point rectangle-pin adaptor Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Animal crazy? Our calendar of the Galapagos Islands has got the cure Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Top Three South American Destinations for Adventure Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.