Ecuador is home to many bio diverse geographical areas. These areas consist of the Sierra (Highlands), Oriente (Amazon), Costa (Coast) and the Galapagos Islands.
With so many different areas, climates and environments to explore, the lifestyle you may lead in Ecuador can be as fast paced, varied and interesting as you choose.
No matter which area you choose to explore or live in, the lifestyle is much more laid back and slower paced, allowing the retiree or even part time resident to do and see as much or as little as they would like.
Here time slows down and you can actually take a breath and feel your tension and high paced life slip away. Whether you enjoy sitting and looking out over a majestic snow capped mountain, seals at play or just the secluded natural beach at the Pacific Ocean you will find here….Ecuador is sure to be a lifestyle choice you can keep changing at will”
“Escape Artist” ranks Ecuador as a top destination for retirement, real estate and cost of living.
MSN and CNBC have reported on Ecuador as a top destination for retirement/second/vacation home.
Full country name: Republic of Ecuador
Area: 283,560 sq km (109,000 sq miles) including the Galapagos Islands
Population: 14 million (2010 census unofficial figures)
Capital City: Quito (population: 1.8 million)
People: Mestizo (60%), Indigenous (20%), Caucasian (15%), Black (5%)
Language(s): Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)
Religion(s): Roman Catholic (95%)
Currency: US Dollar (since early 2000)
Major political parties: Alianza País (Government Party), Partido Sociedad Patriótica (PSP), PRIAN, Movimiento Popular Democrático (MPD), Partido Social Cristiano (PSC); Pachakutik; Madera de Guerrero
Government: The 2008 constitution provides for a presidential system of democracy with presidential elections every four years and an executive and a legislature consisting of a unicameral National Assembly.
Head of State: Rafael Correa Delgado
Vice-President: Lenin Moreno Garcés
Foreign Minister: Ricardo Armando Patiño Aroca
Membership of international groupings/organisations: The UN; WTO; G-11; G77; Organisation of American States (OAS); Andean Community (CAN); Latin American Integration Association (ALADI); ALBA; UNASUR; Rio Group; Inter-American Developmental Bank (IADB), OLADE. On the Human Rights Committee of the UN. Associate member of Mercosur.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The Galapagos Islands, famous for their connection with Charles Darwin and his work on the “Origin of the Species” are part of Ecuador. Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the islands in March 2009.
- Yasuni National Park, located in Ecuador’s Amazon region, is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth. UNESCO named Yasuni a biosphere reserve in 1989. A small part of the park, known as Ishpingo-Tiputini-Tambococha (ITT), is home to at least two indigenous tribes, the Tagaeri and Taromenane, who maintain their traditional lifestyles in voluntary isolation.