Ecuador may be diminutive by South American standards but it can still pack a punch. It’s one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet and, like an exotic sandwich, is layered into three distinct regions: pacific coastline, a mountainous mid-section, and tropical rainforest to the east. If that wasn’t enough to whet your Traveler’s Taste Buds, the Galápagos Islands, home to some of the world’s most precious plant and animal species, are a mere three hour flight away.
Strong cultural traditions have managed to flourish and the country has a thriving indigenous population, notably the Quichua-speaking communities of the rural sierra and also in the capital of Quito.
- One of the most authentic Latin-American experiences
- Strong culture
- Amazing biological and geological diversity
- Lots of teaching jobs
- The Galápagos Islands, need we say more!
Things you might not know about Teaching English in Ecuador
- Ecuador exports more bananas than any other country in the world – sending out more than 3 million tons of the fruit each year!
- The bouquet you bought for your loved-one last Valentine’s day probably came from Ecuador, which exports 750 million roses each year
- 43% of Ecuador is environmentally-protected – the highest proportion in the world.
- The national dish is cuy – barbecued guinea pig!