Straddling the equator, this South American nation hosts rare ecological diversity, including on the Galápagos Islands, where observations led Charles Darwin to his theory of evolution. The country is today battling a public debt crisis, and is trying to diversify its economy, looking beyond fossil fuels. It is South America's largest exporter of palm oil.
Need to Know
More From Ecuador
Oil could have helped secure the future of Ecuador’s indigenous communities. Instead, it’s threatening them.
This beloved beverage from the Andean highlands warms and wows.
Indigenous communities are demanding that their environmental concerns be heard.
Thousands of African migrants are making Ecuador their port of entry into the Americas. But how long will its doors stay open?
President Teddy Roosevelt was photographed in Panama sporting a jaunty straw hat, popularizing a fashion misstatement that still has Ecuador fuming.
Explore the world with OZY.COM
This year, OZY will be bringing you untold stories from every single country on the map, one day at a time, to introduce you to new people, new trends and new places. Travel with us for sights, sounds, and surprises from across our diverse world.View Full Series