Your guide to being an expatriate in Ecuador

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Nestled between Colombia and Peru, Ecuador boasts pristine beaches, towering volcanoes, and vibrant cities that will captivate any expat. Its location on the equator makes for a mild, year-round climate, while its rich cultural heritage is reflected in traditional festivals and delicious cuisine. Whether you're an adventurer, a beach lover, or a history buff, Ecuador has something for everyone. Come explore this remarkable country and become part of its vibrant community of expats.


Expat destinations in Ecuador

Demographics of Ecuador:

Ethnic groups

White: 17.8%

Mestizo: 71.9%

Indigenous: 8.7%

Afro-Ecuadorian: 1.2%

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Spanish: 94.1%

Indigenous languages: 5.1%

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Religion Overview

With a history rooted in Spanish colonization, the majority of Ecuadorians practice Roman Catholicism. However, there is also a significant Indigenous population, many of whom have maintained traditional beliefs and practices in addition to their Catholic faith.

Major Religions


Ecuador's location on the equator results in a tropical climate with consistent, mild temperatures year-round. The western coastal regions are wet with frequent rains and high humidity, while the eastern lowlands are drier and biologically diverse. The highlands, including the capital Quito, are dry with cool temperatures due to their altitude.

Economy Overview

Ecuador's economy is heavily dependent on oil production and agriculture, with exports featuring petroleum and agricultural products like bananas, shrimp, and flowers. Despite recent economic challenges, the country has made progress in reducing poverty and increasing social programs like healthcare and education.

Key Industries

  • Oil and Gas
  • Services
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Tourism

Major Companies

  • OCP Group (Oxford Casino)
  • IANA (Ecuadorian Telco)
  • Empresa de Telecomunicaciones CT
  • Banco de Guayaquil
  • Helvedia Seguros
  • Getty Images Ecuador

Culture and Language Overview

Ecuador's rich cultural heritage is a mix of Indigenous and European influences, resulting in vibrant festivals and traditions. Traditional clothing and music, as well as indigenous textiles and weaving, form a crucial part of the country's artistic and cultural scene. Yuca, queso de hoja, and plantain are popular staple foods.

Cultural Highlights

  • Inti Raymi (Inca Festival)
  • Carnaval
  • Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos)
  • Guaguas de Ramadero
  • Guayas Cultural Festivals
  • Ecuadorian Romerías (pilgrimages)
  • San Juan Festival (Quito)
  • Indigenous Textiles and Weaving
  • Ecuadorian Cuisine

Geography and Landmarks Overview

Ecuador's natural beauty is staggering, boasting lush rainforests, snowy peaks, and stunning beaches that are home to an array of diverse wildlife. The Galapagos Islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and mobbed with tourists eager to see the unique fauna that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

Notable Landmarks

  • Galapagos Islands
  • Cotopaxi Volcano
  • Quilotoa Lake
  • Mitad del Mundo Park
  • Chocolate Museum (Quito)
  • El Museo Nacional de Antropología

National Holidays

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Dia de los Reyes Magos (January 6)
  • Good Friday
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Saturday Holy Week (March or April)
  • Easter Sunday
  • Fiestas de Quito (June)
  • Independence Day (August 10)
  • Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) (November 2)
  • Guayaquil Festival of Light (December 9-15)

Political Stability

Ecuador has come a long way in recent decades, overcoming periods of political turmoil and economic instability to emerge as a stable and prosperous nation. However, challenges remain, including issues related to poverty, corruption, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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