Ecuador is a versatile country. It has its own particularities that we’d like to share with you. Here are the most unusual facts that you probably didn’t know about Ecuador.
Ecuador is the world’s largest exporter of bananas.
Ecuador exported the highest dollar value worth of bananas in 2016 with a revenue of US $2.7 billion, which accounts for 23.3% of the total banana exports in the world. This country is not only the largest exporter, but also one of the of the largest producers of bananas in the world. With all these bananas, locals get to take advantage of low prices.
Middle of the World is not at the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World City)
The Middle of the World City in Quito is a private piece of land that was always thought to be located directly on the equator. However, recent re-measurements show that the equator actually lies 240 meters north of this monument called Mitad del Mundo.
Ecuador is the smallest Andean country
There are seven Andean countries: Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. Of all of them, Ecuador is the smallest one. However, there is nothing small about the stunning views of The Andes mountains.
Ecuador has four unique geographical locations
In Ecuador, there are four different geographical locations; the Amazon jungle, the Coastal region, the Galapagos Islands, and the Andes. The amazon is the world’s largest rainforest spanning 9 countries. The coastal region is home to nice beaches while the Galapagos Islands are full of exotic vegetation and wildlife. The Andes is the longest continental mountain range in the world offering scenic views and outdoor activities. Ecuador is without a doubt very unique. Click here to find the best Quito hotel for your vacation.
The Panama Hats are not from Panama
The so-called “Panama” Hats actually come from Ecuador.
In Ecuador many languages are spoken
There are 24 languages spoken in Ecuador. These include Spanish, 9 varieties of Quechua, Shuar and others.
Paddington is from Ecuador
The famous Paddington bear was inspired by the Andean Bear from Ecuador.
Ecuador means Equator
Ecuador is the only country in the world named after this famous geographic feature. Ecuador translates to equator in Spanish.
Darwin’s theory was developed in Ecuador
The archipelago (group of islands) known as the Galapagos Islands is home to extremely unique wildlife that have been admired by many, including Charles Darwin, who developed his well-known theory of evolution in the Galapagos Islands after observing the peculiar habits of finches.
Home of unique species
The Galapagos houses many unusual species, some of which can only be found there. This makes it a unique and popular destination.
The Punk Rocker frog lives in Ecuador
The Punk Rocker was recently discovered in Ecuador’s rain-forest. It is the first known vertebrate to change the texture of its skin from smooth to spiky in a matter of minutes.
The Ecuadorian Nature has constitutional rights
In 2008, Ecuador declared that its nature had constitutional rights, making it the first country to do so. As a result, Ecuadorians do not treat nature as property, rather they recognize it is a living thing with a right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles.
These aren’t all the strange and interesting facts about Ecuador, there is much more to learn about this wonderful country. At Anahí Hotel you can witness first-hand the uniqueness of Ecuadorian culture, as each room was thoughtfully designed using lavish details that represent and manifest the beauty of Ecuadorian culture. Book a suite today here.