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Ecuador and Galapagos Islands : Discover the country's culture


Infinity Ecuador, by S Crespo, C Gachet, I Kashinsky and D Marin.
Colonial Art from Columbia & Ecuador by M De Rueda, A Kennedy, S Sebastian and A Folliot.


The Rough Guide to Ecuador, by Harry Ades and Melissa Graham
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (Lonely Planet Travel Guide), by R St Louis, M Grosberg, L Burningham and A Dowl.
Ecuador and Galapagos Handbook (Footprint Travel Guide), by R Kunstaetter and D Kunstaetter.
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (Travellers' Wildlife Guide), by D Pearson, L Beletsky and P Barrett.


In the cities of Quito and Otavalo, you must go to the penas (clubs). These clubs are crowded with Ecuadorians who come to dance to folklore music and the sound of pan flutes.

Check out

A Singing Wind - Songs and Melodies from Ecuador
Panpipes from Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador
La Musica de Ecuador

Ecuador and Galapagos Islands : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

1533: Ecuador is conquered by the Spaniard Sebastian de Belalcazar.

1822: General Antonio José de Sucre defeats the Spaniards. Ecuador unites with what is now modern day Colombia and Venezuela.

1830: Ecuador gains independence.

1852: Abolition of slavery.

1934: José Maria Velasco Ibarra becomes President and over the years will be re-elected four times.

1941: War breaks out with Peru

1945: Ecuador becomes a member of the U.N.

1972: A military junta overthrows Ibarra's government.

1979: Jaime Roldos Aguilera (moderate left wing) takes power.

1984: Conservative Leon Febres Cordero becomes the head of state.

1990: American Indian uprising.

1994: A second American Indian uprising throughout the country.

1995: Border conflict with Peru.

1996: Populist Abdala Bucaram Ortiz is elected.

1997: The National Congress of Ecuador dismisses Ortiz after 6 months in power.

1998: Christian-Democrat Jamil Mahuad is elected president in the midst of an economic crisis.

2000: In January, Gustavo Noboa takes power after a coup d'etat that disposes the government of Mahuad.

2003: In January, left wing Colonel Lucio Gutierrez is elected President of the Republic following the first presidential election since the coup d'etat against Jamil Mahuad in January 2000, in which he played a role.

2006: On the 26th of November, Rafael Correa, a left wing economist, is elected president.

Ecuador and Galapagos Islands : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events


January 1st: New Year's Day.
January 6th: Epiphany.
February 12th: Celebration of Amazonia and the Galapagos.
February: Carnival.
Good Friday.
May 1st :
Labour Day.
May 24th: Anniversary of the Battle of Pichincha.
June 10th: Corpus Christi.
July 24th: Celebration of Simon Bolivar.
August 10th: Independence Day.
October 12th: Día de la Raza.
November 2nd: All Saints Day.
November 3rd: Cuenca Independence Day.
December 6th: Anniversary of the foundation of Quito.
December 25th: Christmas Day.
December 1st: Old Year (Past Year) Day.

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