ECUADOR HAS A DIVERSITY OF LANGUAGES, CULTURES.
YOU CAN FIND BLACK, WHITE AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE.
THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE IS SPANISH BUT QUECHUA(INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE)IS ALSO A COMMON LANGUAGE.
THE ACTUAL CURRENCY IS THE AMERICAN DOLLAR BUT THE SUCRE WAS THE CURRENCY UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2000.
Ecuador is still under a very Spanish influence and the Machista culture is still very much in evidence. It is quite normal for the women to do all the work and the men to do nothing - in fact it is expected! Also what many travellers forget is that most Ecuadorians have indian roots and are therefore dark skinned and with dark hair and eyes. Therefore blonde hair and blue eyes are not normal! This means that travellers are more likely to be noticed and find it very difficult to blend into the background. Ecuadorian men are also (mostly) totally deviod of any qualms about infidelity. They will chat you up incessantly and have no shame in soing so - even if their girlfriend is sitting with them, Also do not be surprised if you get whistled at constantly on the streets.... this is perfectly normal and you learn to ignore it after a while. Well after six months I had anyway! I'm not saying that this is a bad thing - in fact when I came back to England I actually missed all the attention! For me its one of the qualities that defines Ecuador in my memory- Just don't be surprised at it.
When you enter a shop, greet the clerks. (Buenos dias, buenas tardes, buenas noches) If you enter a room or house full of people, greet _each one_ individually - if you are a woman, kiss everyone on the cheek once, and if you are a man, kiss the women on the cheek and shake hands with the men. In a restaurant you will usually have to ask for them to bring you the bill. You don't need to tip in restaurants.
Most Ecuadorian are Roman Catholics and very religious. But in some areas of the country, inhabitants have preserved their old faith.
The indian's culture (preferable to talk about indigenos than indios) is incredibly lively and preserved, especially in the Andes.
The way of living, the clothes and the hand craft are fascinating.
...Or stand up, depending on what time it is !
Les Vieux Locaux adorent s'asseoir sur des bancs
... ou se lever, ca depend de l'heure qu'il est !
Jipijapa : you can do it, dude !
Les Vieux Locaux adorent marcher dans les rues...
Allez, mon Vieux Local, tu peux le faire !
End of April beginning of March is carnival time!!! Enjoy the colors, the music, the happiness of the people! It is a lot of fun!!!
Since 2000, Ecuador uses US$ as its only legal tender. Its old currency, the sucre is still in use in some rural areas and is very colorful and fun to collect.
Like anywhere, try and speak the Language. People helped be a lot and I learned a lot but always keep trying.
Cuenca has probably got the most magnificent churches in Ecuador. Don't go away without visiting a few of them.
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Av. de las Amazonas, Banos, 2000, Ecuador
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