Internship in Ecuador
Ecuador is a republic in north-western South America sharing borders with Columbia in the north, Peru in the south and the Pacific Ocean in the west. The Galapagos Islands, which belong to Ecuador, are located 965 kilometres offshore. The smallest country in the Andes (272 045 square kilometres) is named after its location on the Equator. The capital of Ecuador is Quito.
Because of its geographic features, Ecuador is located “en la mitad del mundo”, in the “middle of the world”. 12.1 million people live in an area of 283 560 square kilometres, which is a little larger than Great Britain.
The state stretches from the Pacific coast 600 kilometres further inland to the tributaries of the Amazon, the Rio Napo and the Rio Putumayo. It shares borders with Columbia in the north, Peru in the south and east, and the Pacific Ocean in the west. For many years, there was a political dispute about whether a large part of the Amazon’s rainforest at the border to Peru should belong to Ecuador or Peru. This dispute was finally settled in October 1988, when a peace treaty between the two countries was signed.
Andes and Galapagos
The Andes divide the country into three different regions: the coastal plain (Costa), the alpine mountain range of the Andes (Sierra), and the area of the Amazon (Oriente). These areas differ in climate, forms of landscape, kinds of production, landed property and population.
The highest elevation of the country is the Cimborazo (6310 metres). The Galapagos Islands, 1000 kilometres west of the mainland, also belong to Ecuador. They are famous for their unique diversity of rare animals. As impressive as the geographic diversity of the country is, it also hampers the economic and political integration of the Ecuadorian nation.
The three biggest cities are Quayaquil (about 2 million inhabitants), which is the economic centre of the country; the capital Quito (about 1 million inhabitants) is the political centre, and Cuenca (about 500 000 inhabitants) is often called the cultural heart of the country.
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