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Here under Ecuador, you will find travel information classified by city or region of Ecuador, as well as general information.
With an area of 110,000 square miles and a population of 13 million, Ecuador is one of the smallest South American countries. It comprises the Galapagos Islands located 600 miles away from the mainland, in the Pacific Ocean.
There were several indigenous cultures in Ecuador before the area was conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. In 1531, the Spanish conquistadors defeated the Inca Emperor Atahualpa.
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Ecuador's capital is Quito, high in the mountains (at 9300 feet, it is the world's highest capital) and the largest city Guayaquil, on the Pacific Coast.
Travel attractions in Quito include the Museo del Banco Central (art and culture of Ecuador), the centro histórico (old town) with its baroque churches and a cable car to Cruz Loma, on the east side of the Pichincha volcano.
The Galapagos are an archipelago of some 13 volcanic islands, 600 miles away from the continent. They are famous for their large number of endemic species of marine birds, mammals and reptiles, and the studies of Charles Darwin that led to his theory of natural selection. Frigate birds, for instance, have a bare-skinned throat pouch, which in courting males becomes bright red and is inflated, for display purposes, to the size of a football. Travel to the Galapagos is both travel back in time and travel to a different world.