Country: Ecuador

Population: 13,755,680

Capital: Quito

Time Zone: UTC-5

Currency Name: US Dollar (USD)

Government Type: Republic

Languages: Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)

Ethnic Breakdown: mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 65%, Amerindian 25%, Spanish and others 7%, black 3%

Religion: Roman Catholic 95%, other 5%

Major Cities: Quito

Phone Country Code: 593

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website: www.viveecuador.com

High Travel Season: December - February

Voltage: 120 V - 60 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: a, b

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), Easter, May 1 (Labor Day), May 24 (Battle of Pichincha), July 24 (Birthday of Simon Bolivar), August 10 (Independence Day), October 9 (Independence of Guayaquil), November 2 (Day of the Dead), November 3 (Independence of Cuenca), December 6 (Independence of Quito), December 25 (Christmas Day), December 31 (New Year's Eve)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Ecuador's national anthem is so long, people only sing the chorus and the second verse.