Posted on May 04 2018
I love Ecuador! Many of my products are produced in this beautiful country and I have some new items arriving at the end of the next week.
The new, 100% wool ponchos are being flown in just in time for festival season and are a must have for summer camping trips too.
In celebration of my new arrivals, I thought I’d put together a list of interesting facts about Ecuador, a country that consistently surprises me!
1. Ecuador is named after the equator.
This is one that a lot of people know – the equator runs through the country and makes it the only county to be named after a geographical feature.
2. Ecuador has the most biodiversity per square kilometre in the world
3. Charles Darwin based his theory of evolution on discoveries made in Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador, and the discoveries Darwin made there in 1835 informed a lot of his famous theory of evolution.
4. There are at least 14 recognised languages spoken there
Spanish is the official language and 13 other indigenous languages are also recognised, including Shuar and Quichua.
5. There’s meaning behind the country’s flag
The Ecuadorian flag is yellow, blue, and red. The yellow symbolises the country’s soil and crops, the blue symbolises the sky and the ocean, and the red represents the blood of those who fought for the country’s independence.
The flag’s crest also has the endangered condor perched on top, symbolising their love for nature and animals.
6. Ecuador was the first country to officially recognise the rights of nature
In 2008, Ecuador decided to move away from treating nature as property, and recognise that it has constitutional rights, and has the “right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles”.
7. The Panama hat is actually from Ecuador
The straw hats are woven along the Ecuadorian coast, and were initially taken to Panama to be sold to canal workers and affluent, visiting Westerners.
8. It is the closest country to space
The summit of Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest mountain, is the point on Earth closest to the sun, due to it’s location along the equator.
9. Ecuador has been voted the best country for expats
The quality of life and the cost of living have been cited as excellent, and the reason why many people migrate there.