Ecuador is considered the undiscovered jewel of South America. It could be actually regarded as a small version of South America, since the country contains almost all the features of the continent. Ecuador is a country with a diverse flora and fauna, and where culture plays an important part in the identity of this country divided into three regions: Coastal, Andes and Amazon. This small country has 13 indigenous nationalities and as many native languages.
Ecuador is really melting pot of people with different origins. Even with all the natural wonders found in Ecuador, it is the people that make an Ecuadorian experience truly memorable and rewarding. The locals are kind-hearted, generous and proud of the great strides they’ve made in the last decade, they are in fact the nation’s greatest treasure.
The people of Ecuador seem happy that others appreciate the beauty of their country as much as they do.
Every visitor will be fascinated by the rich culture and traditions kept alive by Ecuador people.
A quarter of the people are part of indigenous groups. They speak a variety of languages and dress in distinctive clothing depending on their ancestry.
The Ecuadorian culture one of very hard working people. Men and women work hard to provide for their families.
Ecuadorian culture includes a deep religious attitude. Most people are Catholic. All have high regard for the Bible and enjoy religious discussions.
The Quechua people as direct descendants of the ancient and highly civilized Incan Empire, are reserved and dignified. Their well-developed society survived the destruction brought by the conquering Spaniards.
Although close to half live beneath the poverty level, most people you meet are happy and generous.
Ecuadorians are also very optimistic and have a positive outlook on life.
Photography © Gurcan Sarisoy