For Exploring Geography today, we are visiting Ecuador with Mari, the founding editor of the Inspired by Family Magazine. Mari left the U.S. 4 years ago with only 4 suit cases, her little family of four and big dreams. They were headed South, really, really South. They moved to Ecuador, located in the continent of South America. They have thoroughly enjoyed this country: the people, the picturesque scenery and the culture. On November 2012, it was named the Best of the World by National Geographics in their 20 Best Destinations to visit in 2013. How exciting!
Drop by Mari’s site and you’ll find an abundance of wonderful articles – here are three I’m enjoying: DIY Christmas Village Craft: From Paper Bags, Dyed Glass Luminaries from Baby Jars, and 28 Things Your Family Needs to Hear You Say. Most people don’t realize that here in Ecuador we use the dollar as our currency. Its population is 13,032,000, it’s Capital is Quito (population 1,451,000) and the two main languages are Spanish and Quechua (stats via National Geographic). Its popular export goods that we are known for are: Bananas, coffee and roses. Did you know we can buy 24 roses for $2? One thing that is unique to Ecuador is the Galapagos Tortoise: I bet you haven’t gone camping and had a llama at your tent door. Llamas run wild here in various national parks. They are harmless and I have yet to have one spit on me. Have you read any of the Llama, Llama books? Do you know what these are? Yes, Guinea Pigs here they are called Cuy (coo- ee). Guess what? They are considered a delicacy here and are eaten. If you are every visiting Quito, read 14 Things to Do with Kids that was published in the Miami Herald. Here is a coloring sheet of the Flag of Ecuador.
Thank you, Mari, for this introduction to Ecuador – what a neat place to live!