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Top 10 Interesting Facts about Ecuador

1) Ecuadorian’s are incredibly proud that their country lies on the equator line, so much so they are the only country in the world to name themselves after a Geographical feature, ‘Republic of the Equator’.

2) You would be forgiven for believing that Mount Everest is the nearest point on Earth to the sun, but you would also be wrong. Mount Chimborazo is 2580 metres nearer to sea level than Everest, but because of its position on the Equatorial bulge it is the furthest point from the Earth’s Centre. This means Ecuador is home to the closest point on Earth to the sun.

3) Guinea Pig is considered a local delicacy in Ecuador, along with many countries in South America. This image from Cusco, Peru shows Jesus enjoying his chosen last supper as Guinea Pig.

4) The Galapagos Island’s are Volcanic Islands that are formed over millions of years, but once the volcanic activity stops, all of the Islands begin slowly (very slowly) falling back into the ocean.

5) There are two ‘uncontacted tribes’ in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador the tribes of ‘Tanomenane’ and ‘Tagaeri’ are both in deliberate and complete isolation from the modern world.

6) Isabella Island is one of the youngest of the Galapagos Islands, and is shaped just like a Sea Horse.

7) Quito, located in the Andes, is a city that is elevated 2850 metres above sea level, because of this altitude, water will boil at just 90 degrees here.

8) The Galapagos Islands are home to so many animals that are completely unique to the Islands, including the Galapagos Penguin, the Flightless Cormorant, Lava Lizards, Blue Footed Boobies; to name just a few.

9)  The length of each day in Ecuador varies only slightly through out the year, because of the close proximity to the equator they get approximately 12 hours of daylight all year round.

10) In Banos, you can ‘swing at the end of the world’. La Case de Arbol (the tree house) is famous in Ecuador, it looks a little bit scary but the views look amazing.

If you like the look of Ecuador and could consider travelling or working there, then click here to find out the many opportunities Changing Worlds offer! Perhaps working in the Galapagos may take your fancy?


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  • "It was great fun because the kids want to learn and everything you do is such a novelty to them. I was moved by what I saw, not for sentimental reasons, but because the teachers and the children were so keen and worked so hard."
    Katie Godfrey , Teaching, Kenya
     
  • "This was such a heartwarming project, the children have so little but are so greatful. I met some amazing people and will remember this experience forever."
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  • "What a fascinating country. I not only learned so much about the healthcare system and gained some great experience to help with my degree, but got to visit some amazing places in Kenya. The Masia Mara trip was just unreal."
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  • "The kids were so amazing, it was such a heartwarming experience and i'm just really glad that I could help out."
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  • "What a great project! I am so greatful to have had this opportunity and it is certainly something I will never forget."
    Suzanne Hart , Care Work, Kenya
     
  • "I really enjoyed my time on the Galapagos Islands. This tour is such a great way to see the islands. Everyone I met were so welcoming, and they helped to make this an unforgettable experience. Seeing giant tortoises up close was awesome!"
    Jocelyn Whitehead , Wildlife & Conservation, Ecuador
     
  • "This is was certainly one of the most unique and fulfilling trips I have had. From helping out the kids with learning the game of tennis, to seeing the smiles on their faces, these moments gave me a new light on my career and my way of life."
    Peter Kung , Sports, Argentina
     
  • "The experience of living with other volunteers and students was a great! An unbelievable sports experience! As a football fan I really couldn't imagine a better place to visit."
    Joseph Berry , Sports, Argentina
     
  • "Working in the orphanage with these adorable kids was a great way to do something really good with my time abroad on my gap year. I would recommend it to anyone who is keen to work with children. A magical experience! I cannot wait to go back to Argentina and see how they are all getting on."
    Jade Garcia , Care Work, Argentina
     
  • "I loved this volunteer project in the orphanage in Buenos Aires. So many great kids, who love to play and learn from you. I really enjoyed the cooking lessons in the bakery, and the kids really liked to do face painting and arts, which was really fun, it was great to be able to put smiles on their faces. I will treasure my memories of my trip to Argentina for a long time."
    Susan Tanner , Care Work, Argentina
     
  • "Football coaching in India was awesome - from the day I arrived to the day I left. The people, especially the children, the culture, the food, were all great!! It was an experience that I will never forget!! If you have the opportunity travel and coach sport... especially in India....then just go for it! .... Sanj"
    Sanjay Thanki , Sports, India
     
  • "The experience I had in Ecuador was without doubt the greatest experience of my life so far. I would recommend the programme to anyone who has even the slightest interest in playing or coaching football."
    Craig Lawlor , Sports, Ecuador
     
  • "My time in Quito was amazing. I had a wonderful experience working with the kids, and partying in the Mariscal. My homestay was also fabulous and I made amazing friends with my other housemates and the family. I look forward to returning sometime soon."
    Francesca Ioffreda , Sports, Ecuador
     

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