5 Things You Might Not Know About Ecuador

1. It feels like spring 12 months out of the year in Ecuador. Because Ecuador is situated along the equator (where the country’s name is derived), in many areas, it feels like spring year-round. This makes it easy to plan vacations any time.

2. Ecuador is home to the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage City. In 1978, Quito, the nation’s capital, was the very first city to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quito’s historical center represents the best conserved large colonial neighborhood in Latin America.

Quito
Quito

3. You can cross from the southern to the northern hemisphere in one step. Mitad del Mundo (“Middle of the World”) is easily accessed from Quito. There, you can take a photo while standing at the middle of the world and then cross the line separating the two hemispheres in a single step.

Mitad del Mundo monument
Mitad del Mundo monument

4. Four world’s are waiting to be discovered. In a country the size of Colorado, four diverse regions (Galapagos Islands, Pacific Coast, Andes mountains, and Amazon) are easily accessible.

Galapagos
Galapagos
Cotopaxi Volcano
Cotopaxi Volcano

5. The world’s highest concentration of species inhabit Ecuador. Ecuador covers less than 1% of the Earth’s surface, but ranks second in the world for endemic vertebrates, third in the world for amphibians, fourth for bird species, and fifth for butterflies. in addition, 10% of all plant species can be found there.

Marine iguana
Marine iguana