When the Spanish army...
When the Spanish army "discovered" Ecuador in the XVI century, the Inca empire was very well established. General Ruminahui and Inca Atahualpa fought fiercely to defend their way of life, but lost the war. The establishment of Spanish rule marked the beginning of the genocide of indigenous populations, the reduced number who survived the massacre and the forced work imposed to them had no choice but to settle in marginal uplands, where dry and cold climate gives no opportunity for agricultural production. In the beginning of the XVIII century, the Spanish rulers proclaimed their independence from the Emperor, giving way to a de-centralised colonial power which is going on until today. In the most recent years, the indigenous peoples federation (CONAIE) supported the establishment of an indigenous party (Patchakutik) which achieved good results and a key position in the country's political life.
In Ecuador's economic scene, the crucial confrontation goes on between the
traditional oligarchy settled in Quito and along the main valley ("los
de la Sierra") and the newcomers, banana and cacao growers and traders
from the lowlands around Guayaquil ("los de la Costa").
ECUADOR HAS A DIVERSITY OF...
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...
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...
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
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.
Elderly people love to sit on a bench
...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 !
Elderly people love to walk in the streets...
Jipijapa : you can do it, dude !
Les Vieux Locaux adorent marcher dans les rues...
Allez, mon Vieux Local, tu peux le faire !Related to:
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!!!Related to:
Former Currency of Ecuador
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...
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...
Cuenca has probably got the most magnificent churches in Ecuador. Don't go away without visiting a few of them.
Traveled thur Quito on a Eco Tourism trip. The Marriott was unforgetable. Beautiful hotel in every...more
Have stayed here several times - always recommended by my wife's family. It's easy to get to and...more
Av. de las Amazonas, Banos, 2000, Ecuador
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