Cuenca – my secret love Cuenca is one of my absolute favorite cities, not only in Ecuador for me. However, it is my starting point number 1 when I want to escape the sultry and the bustle of Guayaquil. Cuenca (from span.) Cuenca – “Pool”) has around 277,000 inhabitants and is the third largest city…
Ecuador – ama la vida
The country is on the equator line named, which runs through the territory. For Ecuador are the Galapagos Islands, which lie to the west coast of the Pacific.
The capital is Quito and is located at 2850 m. It is the highest capital in the world and the old town of which declared a world heritage site. Currently about 2.2 million inhabitants live in the city in the Andean highlands (Sierra).
This population is surpassed by the largest city in Ecuador: Guayaquil. About 2.6 million people live in the port city, which coastal plane (called Costa) lies in the Pacific.
Another big city is Cuenca. This third largest city of Ecuador is definitely worth a trip. Here live almost 300,000 people from 2450 to 2600 m.
Ecuador overview – Different zones
The land area of Ecuador is 283,561 km 2 slightly larger than that of the United Kingdom (244,140 km²).
Situated on the equator state can be divided into four completely different geographical zones divide:
- the western coastal region (Costa), consisting of alluvial and a low coastal mountains and dominated by the Río Guayas
- the central Andean region (Sierra), consisting of two Andes and the high valley in between, characterized by strong volcanic activity
- the eastern Amazon lowlands (Oriente), consisting of the eastern slopes of the Andes and the sparsely populated Amazon basin
- the fantastic 1000 km before the coast Galapagos Islands.
Because of these zones and the different altitudes from 0 to 6000 m there is a wide variety of climates, which differ mainly by different rainfall and times. So this has to effect on the temperatures.
Climate in Ecuador
Basically, the climate is tropical (without large temperature differences during the year), which can be only so confirmed in Guayaquil.
On the north coast (Costa), there is a monsoon climate with 1,000 to 2,000 millimeters of precipitation per year and a rainy season from December to may. The average temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius.
In the mountains (la Sierra), the climate is much cooler and depending on the altitude and different rainy. On both sides of the Andes foothills, it is all year round humid with on average 2,000 to 4,000 millimeters of rain.
The high mountain is dominated by alpine tundra climate with temperatures ranging from four to eight degrees.
In Oriente is humid, tropical climate with 3,000 to 6,000 millimeters of rain fall and average temperatures of 25 degrees.
On the Galapagos Islands, it is from June to December, “cool” with temperatures of 15 to 25 degrees. During the dry season from December to may, however it is tropically warm with temperatures around 27 degrees.
Safety and warning requirements of Ecuador
Life in the cities is characterized by “safe” districts, which in my opinion are extremely monitored and you felt like in a detective film or high-security area, but unfortunately so of districts that should even avoid daytime.
Here you want to – so from locals übrigens-warned to stay at all. You can feel yourself Ecuadorians fear or uncertainty on.
Current travel and safety for Ecuador can be found on the side of the Foreign Office.