UKIC / Shoulder to Shoulder Global / 10 Facts About STSG

10 Facts About STSG

Ecuador is the world’s largest exporter of bananas, accounting for up to 29% of all bananas exported in 2011. 

The summit of Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest mountain, is the point on Earth closest to the sun.

In 2008, Ecuador was the first country to officially recognize the rights of nature. Rather than just treating it as property.  

Tsáchila men dye their hair red to protect from Yellow Fever. They use Annatto seed, which is often used to give Cheddar cheese color. 

Santo Domingo is the 4th largest city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil, Quito and Cuenca. It has the highest growth rate. 

The world’s very first and second UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in Ecuador. Galápagos Islands is #1 and the capital city, Quito, is #2. 

The official language is Spanish. There are several indigenous languages spoken, including Shuar, Tsafiki and several variations of Quichua. 

Ecuador sees very little change in the length of its days from Winter to Summer due to its location on the Equator. Sunrise and sunset happen every day around 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Cuy, or guinea pig, is considered a delicacy in the country. It is roasted whole and its consumption is an ancient tradition. It is said to taste like rabbit. 

There are more than 25,000 plant species growing in Ecuador and a minimum of 317 documented mammal species native to the country.