Welcome to Ecuador
Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands. In the Andean foothills at an elevation of 2,850m, Quito, the capital, is known for its largely intact Spanish colonial center, with decorated 16th- and 17th-century palaces and religious sites, like the ornate Compañía de Jesús Church.
The diversity of habitats and regions in Ecuador is reflected by this country’s varied and delicious cuisine. Fresh seafood in many forms awaits those who visit the Pacific coast. Recipes from the high Andes have been developed and refined for thousands of years. The rainforests of the Amazon provide ingredients for several dishes and drinks, and each Ecuadorian town seems to have its own take on widespread recipes. Although Ecuador has been overlooked as a food destination, these and other factors hint at why so many people look for Ecuadorian recipes after coming back from a trip to this exciting country. By the way, travelers who have a day to spend in Quito can take a day trip to see how Ecuadorian chocolate is made.
The climate of Ecuador varies by region, due to differences in altitude and, to a degree, in proximity to the equator. The coastal lowlands in the western part of Ecuador are typically warm with temperatures in the region of 25 °C (77 °F). Coastal areas are affected by ocean currents and between January and April are hot and rainy. The weather in Quito is consistent with that of a subtropical highland climate.
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