Pacific Islands belonging to Ecuador
Welcome to Ecuador a great place for you to make an exchange. Here you will find the opportunity of a lifetime, in place where we care of the academic quality as much as we care of the cultural exchange.
OVERVIEWLocated in South America, Ecuador is a small country but with an incredible amount of beauty. You can travel from the depths of the amazon rainforest, through the breathtaking scenery of The Andes and get to the Pacific Coast in no more than a few hours by car and from there you can travel to the Galapagos Islands where you’ll find blue-footed booby’s, giant turtles, sea lions while you swim in the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. During this journey you’ll discover that every city you visit if filled with history and delicious food. If you want to learn about biodiversity, culture and eat great food Ecuador is the best choice for you to travel.
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
Ecuador’s health system is based on the principle that health is a right and everyone should have access to it. The Government makes sure everyone has access to free health care and medicine through the strategy of primary health care.
We receive students only in our best hospitals were we can assure you that you’ll get the best medical education you can get in our country. While you do your practices you’ll be in contact with the patient and you’ll be able to participate in procedures and develop your medical skills.
TRANSPORTATIONIn every city you visit you can travel between your destinations in the public transport services. Going on a trip in bus inside a city will cost you 25 cents, while the ride in taxi starts at $1.50. In the big cities you can rent a bike and travel in the special routes designed for this kind of ride. Traveling between provinces is really cheap, you can take a bus and it will cost you less than . In general the transportation in Ecuador is economical.
Ecuador is best describe as the country with activities around any corner. In every city you will visit historical places with remnants of the colonial era where you will learn about our history, during nights you will experiences cultural nights and if you like partying in every city you will find bars and night clubs that will fulfill your expectations. If you like doing adventure sports Ecuador is the perfect place for you, in the outsides of every city you can do activities such as canopying, mountain climbing, surfing, etc.
Ecuador is a land of rich cultural and historical attractions, all set within a backdrop of natural wonders, with landscapes that range between lush, tropical rainforests and glaciated volcanoes. Whether exploring the exquisite churches of the nation’s capital, Quito, or whether whitewater rafting down pristine tributaries of the great river Amazon, visitors to the nation that straddles the Earth’s equator will come away with great travel memories. Here are the top tourist attractions in Ecuador not to be missed.Located in the heart of Quito, the Church of the Society of Jesus, or “La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, ” is perhaps the best known of the capital’s famed cathedrals. Built in the early 1600s, the church’s design is considered a premier example of Baroque architecture in the New World. The expansive use of gold leaf throughout the central nave of the church is breathtaking.
CotopaxiCotopaxi is the second highest summit in Ecuador, reaching a height of 5, 897 m (19, 347 ft). The volcano has one of the few equatorial glaciers in the world, which starts at the height of 5, 000 meters (16, 400 ft). Its snow covered peak is clearly visible from Quito. Cotopaxi is also one of the highest active volcanoes in the world with more than 50 eruptions since 1738, although its present activity is limited to a few steam fumaroles.
Nariz del DiabloThe Nariz del Diablo, or “Devil’s Nose, ” describes the train line between the towns of Alausi and Sibambe. The track gets its name from the great cost of human life that it took to complete the train line. One of the most astounding engineering projects ever undertaken in the mountainous Andes, the stretch of track offers visitors sweeping panoramic views of the countryside. A series of switchbacks slowly takes the train up a steep ascent to Alausi.
Cuyabeno Wildlife ReserveThe Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, established in 1979, will appeal to travelers who want to combine the scenic beauty of tropical scenery with wildlife viewing. The reserve is home to more than 500 species of birds and 15 species of monkeys as well as tapirs, caimans, butterflies and anacondas, plus lots of other animals and insects. Located in the Andean foothills of Orellana Province, it is the second largest of Ecuador’s national parks and reserves. Its eight ecosystems, which include watersheds, rainforests and poorly drained areas, can be reached from Lago Agrio.
TenaSituated in the Amazon rainforest region of Ecuador, for tourists, Tena serves as a launching point for jungle adventures. Missionaries founded the town, and a cinnamon industry helped the city survive. The Tena River joins with the Masahualli River, and then with the Napo River, a tributary of the Amazon. Adventure enthusiasts cite Tena as one of the best places in the world for whitewater rafting and kayaking.
MontañitaEcuador’s southern coastal region boasts scenic shorelines and world-famous beach resorts, including the popular Montañita. Montañita Town was a sleep fishing village until the international surfing community discovered the area’s exceptional surfing conditions. Montañita is known for its nightlife as well, with nightclubs, bars and cafés to entertain locals and visitors alike.
Catedral Nueva, CuencaThe colonial city of Cuenca is the third largest in Ecuador, popular for its year-round temperate climate. The New Cathedral of Cuenca, or “Catedral Nueva, ” is the city’s most-recognizable landmark. Construction of the church began in the late 1800s and continued for nearly a century. With a façade crafted from alabaster and marble, the Catedral Nueva is most notable for the its three immense domes, each covered in blue glazed tile imported from Czechoslovakia.
Part of the fun of traveling in Ecuador is exploring the handiwork crafted by local artisans, and there’s no better place to see and purchase local arts, crafts and clothing than at the markets in the small town of Otavalo. The city is known the world over for the handiwork of its indigenous people, the Otavalos. Every Saturday, in the city’s Plaza de Ponchos, a broad array of jewelry, wood and stone carvings and woven clothing are offered for sale.
San Francisco Church, QuitoLocated in Quito’s Old Town district, the Iglesia y Monesterio de San Francisco features several masterpieces, including a sculpture of a winged Holy Virgin by Legarda. Construction for the church began in 1550 on land where the palace of the Incan ruler Atahualpa once stood. The church complex is massive, covering nearly two blocks, and includes an adjoining museum. San Francisco Church and the surrounding Old Town area are considered one of the most important cultural centers in Latin America and are one of the main tourist attractions in Ecuador.
Galapagos IslandsThe Galapagos Islands are a small archipelago of volcanic islands belonging to Ecuador in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The islands are quite remote and isolated, lying some 1000 km (620 miles) Ecuador. The Galápagos are world renowned for its unique ecosystem which was the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection. Giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas and different bird species can all be seen and approached. Strict controls on tourist access are maintained in an effort to protect the natural habitats and all visitors must be accompanied by a national park-certified naturalist tour guide.
CULTURAL DIFFERENCESEcuadorian people care very deeply for any tourist that comes to our country, while you are visiting us we will care for you as if you were our family. We are known as gentle and kind people. Ecuador if one of the most diverse countries in America, here we have many indigenous cultures that have existed for many centuries and that have deep rooted traditions. Even though modern times have had an impact in our culture many cities still have traditions that mark the way we behave. Our country is the best opportunity for you to learn about different cultures and how they subsist in modern times.