Ecuador Quito 12,900,000 Ecuador takes its name from the Equator, which cuts right across the country. Ecuador is the meeting place of high Andean sierra in the center, the tropical coastal plain to the west, and the Amazon Basin jungle to the east. Snowcapped volcanoes stretch some 400 miles from north to south. The beautiful colonial section of the capital, Quito, is sometimes called “the Florence of the Americas.” Facts about the Ecuador: 1. Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest port on the Guayas River. 2. People have been known to ride on the giant turtles found on the Galapagos Islands, which are owned by Ecuador. 3. Ecuador is north of Peru. 4. Quito is located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. 5. Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador. 6. The Pacific Ocean is to the west of Ecuador.
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