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Jw Marriott Hotel Quito
Avenida Orellana 1172 Y Aven -
Quito, Ecuador

Jw Marriott Hotel In Quito Rises Dramatically From The Avenida Amazonas, Visible From Several Points In The City. This Luxury Hotel Puts Travelers Within Walking Distance Of
The City's Exclusive Business And Shopping Districts. Guests Also Are Short Cab Rides From The World-renewed
Charms Of The Old City.

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Four Points By Sheraton Quito
Avenida Naciones Unidas Y Republica De
El Salvador Quito,

A very good hotel offering all services including meeting and conference facilities, a business centre and small boutiques. Perfect for both the leisure and business traveller.
Exterior: A modern purpose built structure. Lobby: The lobby is large and modern in keeping with the rest of the hotel.

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The Republic of Ecuador (Spanish: República del Ecuador, IPA [re'puβlika ðel ekwa'ðoɾ]) is a country in northwestern South America, bounded by Colombia on the north, by Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean on the west. The country also includes the Galápagos Islands (Archipelago de Colón) in the Pacific, about 965 kilometers (about 600 mi) west of the mainland. Named after the Spanish word for equator, Ecuador straddles the equator and has an area of 272,045 square kilometers (105,037 mi²). Quito is the country’s capital.  Quito    Guayaquil

Main article: Politics of Ecuador

Current President of Ecuador, Alfredo PalacioThe constitution provides for concurrent 4-year terms of office for the president, vice president, and members of Congress. Presidents may be re-elected after an intervening term, while legislators may be re-elected immediately.

The executive branch includes 15 ministries. Provincial governors and councilors, like mayors and aldermen and parish boards, are directly elected. Congress meets throughout the year except for recess in July and December. There are twenty 7-member congressional committees. Justices of the Supreme Court are appointed by the Congress for indefinite terms.

Foreign relations
Main article: Foreign relations of Ecuador
Ecuador has often placed great emphasis on multilateral approaches to international issues. Ecuador is a member of the United Nations (and most of its specialized agencies) and also is a member of many regional groups, including the Rio Group, the Latin American Economic System, the Latin American Energy Organization, the Latin American Integration Association, and The Andean Pact.


Rural Highland Landscape, Tungurahua, EcuadorMain article: Geography of Ecuador

Ecuador has three main geographic regions, plus an insular region in the Pacific Ocean.

The Costa comprises the low-lying litoral lying in the western part of the country. Its coastlines are on the Pacific.
The Sierra region is the mountainous, high-altitude vertical belt running along the centre of the country. This region's topography is as a result of the Andes mountain range running along it.
The Oriente (literally "East") comprises the Amazon rainforest areas in the eastern part of the country, accounting for just under half of the country's total surface area, though populated by under 5% of the population.
Finally, the Región Insular is the region comprising the Galápagos Islands, some 1,000 kilometers (620 mi) west of the mainland in the Pacific Ocean.
Ecuador's capital is Quito, and is located in the province of Pichincha in the Sierra region. Its largest city is Guayaquil, located in the province of Guayas in the Costa. Cotopaxi, which is located just south of Quito, in the neighbouring province of that same name, is the country's and the world's highest active volcano.

Main article: Demographics of Ecuador

Ecuador's population is ethnically diverse. The largest ethnic group is comprised of Mestizos, the mixed descendants of Spanish colonists and indigenous Amerindians, who constitute just over 65% of the population. Amerindians are second in numbers and account for approximately a quarter of the current population, around 25%. Whites are mainly criollos, the unmixed descendants of Spanish colonists, and account for 7%. The small Afro-Ecuadorian minority — including Mulattos and zambos — constitutes the remainder.

Ecuadorians were heavily concentrated in the mountainous central highland region a few decades ago, however, today's population is divided about equally between that area and the coastal lowlands. Migration toward cities--particularly larger cities--in all regions has increased the urban population to about 55%. Due to an economic crisis in the late 1990s, more than 600,000 Ecuadorians emigrated to the U.S. and Europe from 2000 to 2001. The primary reasons for this were the economic and political upheaval that engulfed the country following Mahuad's ouster. Preferred destinations for emigrants include Spain, the U.S., and Italy. The tropical forest region to the east of the mountains remains sparsely populated and contains only about 3% of the population.

Although the constitution demands that 30% of gross revenue be dedicated to education, the government’s stated goal is to dedicate 11% of the budget. It is estimated that gross domestic product (GDP) spending will reach 4% in 2003. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) places adult literacy at 90%, but notes that this rate has been stagnant for more than ten years. The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reports that only 87% of the primary school teachers and 72% of high school teachers have received training. The public education system is tuition-free, and attendance is mandatory from ages five to fourteen. However, the Ministry of Education reports that only 10% of five year olds actually have access to daily education and that only 66% of youngsters finish six years of schooling. In rural areas, only 10% of the youngsters go on to high school. Ministry statistics give the mean number of years completed as 6.7. Ecuador has sixty one universities, many of which now offer graduate degrees, although only 18% of the faculty in public universities possess graduate degrees themselves. Public universities have an open admissions policy, but some departments have recently implemented admissions standards. The new Board of Higher Education (CONESUP) is working to promote the introduction of teacher evaluation and a national accreditation system. There are also more than 300 Higher Institutes, offering two to three years of post-secondary vocational or technical training. The Higher Education Reform Act transferred oversight of these poorly regulated institutes from the Ministry of Education to the CONESUP.


Iglesia de San Francisco, Quito, EcuadorAround 94% of Ecuadorians are Roman Catholic. Much of the population is practicing and attend mass regularly. In the rural parts of Ecuador indigenous beliefs and Christianity have been fused together.

Like every Latin American nation, Protestant Evangelicalism has had massive growth, especially in the rural poor areas, though it has been met by many who are reluctant to convert. Other Christian groups like Jehovah's Witness number 50,843 (as of 2005) and is growing. Mormons have also seen increasing numbers.

There is a small Muslim minority numbering a couple of thousand. The Jewish community numbers just over 1,000 individuals and is mostly of German origin.
The "Republic of the Equator" was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Colombia and Venezuela). Between 1904 and 1942, Ecuador lost territories in a series of conflicts with its neighbors. A border war with Peru that flared in 1995 was resolved in 1999.
Western South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean at the Equator, between Colombia and Peru
Land boundaries:
total: 2,010 km
border countries: Colombia 590 km, Peru 1,420 km
Ethnic groups:
mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 65%, Amerindian 25%, Spanish and others 7%, black 3%
Roman Catholic 95%
Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)
US dollar (USD)
Currency code:
Exchange rates:
sucres per US dollar - 25,000.0 (January 2002), 25,000.0 (2001), 24,988.4 (2000), 11,786.8 (1999), 5,446.6 (1998), 3,988.3 (1997)
note: on 13 March 2000, the National Congress approved a new exchange system whereby the US dollar was adopted as the main legal tender in Ecuador for all purposes; on 20 March 2000, the Central Bank of Ecuador started to exchange sucres for US dollars at a fixed rate of 25,000 sucres per US dollar; since 30 April 2000, all transactions are denominated in US dollars

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