What do the colors of the Ecuadorian flag represent?
The modern Ecuadorian flag evolved from the Gran Colombian flag. The flag was finalized in 1900 with the addition of the coat of arms featuring rich scenery including Mt Chimborazo, a river, and a condor. Red represents the blood of fallen heroes. Blue represents the ocean and clear skies. Yellow represents fertile soils. Read more flag facts.
Many visitors to the Galapagos are unaware of the dark human history of the archipelago. Perhaps the most famous symbol of this is the Wall of Tears built by one of the three different penal colonies established over time. On which island will you find the Wall of Tears?
Isabela Island was home to the third and final penal colony established on the Galapagos Islands. Prisoners were forced to build a rock wall out of heavy lava rock, aptly named the Wall of Tears. The main purpose of the rock wall doesn’t seem to be protection, but simply to make the prisoners work hard in the sweltering heat.
Which cuddly creature is considered a delicacy by many Ecuadorians?
Guinea pigs or ‘cuy’ are generally roasted whole on a barbeque, similar to how a pig is spit-roasted.
Ecuador is known for its diverse environments. What are they?
Ecuador has 4 diverse environments. The Galapagos, Sierra, Coast & Amazon.
Ecuador exports more bananas than any other country. True / False?
Ecuador exports the most bananas in the world with US$3.3 billion or 22.6% of all bananas exported.
How many hummingbird species can be found in Ecuador?
Ecuador has the most hummingbird species in the world with over 130, many of which are endemic to Ecuador. Find out where to find them in this article.
The Incas expanded from Peru into Ecuador during the 15th century. What is considered the best preserved Inca settlement in Ecuador?
Ingapirca, located near Cuenca, is the best-preserved monument of the Inca period in Ecuador. The most striking building is The Temple of the Sun, which partially survives and is built in the Inca method of using perfectly cut rocks without the use of mortar.
There are over 4,000 orchid species in Ecuador. One of the most striking is below. What is it?
The aptly named Monkey Orchid is found in the cloud forests of Ecuador and Peru. There are various botanical gardens and orchid nurseries where you can view them and smell their lovely ripe orange scent.
Ecuador has won a single gold medal at the Olympic games. What sport was this in?
Jefferson Pérez won the gold medal for race walking at the 1996 Olympics. Jefferson was born and raised in Cuenca, Ecuador.
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