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Ecuador 2022



The Saturday market in Otavalo attracts tourists in search of indigenous Otavaleño textiles, but it also satisfies a vast array of shopping needs for local residents—from fresh produce to herbal remedies to pets and livestock. The produce stalls are largely the domain of women, many with children in tow who assist with everything from stocking shelves to waiting on customers to babysitting younger siblings.

Ralph A. Blessing © 2019
PCV Panama 1969–1970 Urban Community Development
Ecuador 1974–1978 Healthcare Training Materials Development
PC Washington staff 1979–1986

Republic of Ecuador
República del Ecuador
Northern South America

Area 109K mi2; 284K km2

Arable 5%

Population 17.1M (157/mi²; 60/km²)

Gov’t Presidential republic

Capital Quito (1.9M)

GCP/Capita $11,375

Unemployment 6%

In Poverty 22%

Infant Mortality 19/1K live births (94th)

Life expectancy 78 yrs

Children Aged <15 Yrs 26% of pop

Median Age 29 yrs

Literacy 93%

Languages Spanish (official), Quechua, other indigenous, other

Religions Roman Catholic 74%, Evangelical 10%, Jehovah's Witness 1%, other 6% (Mormon, Buddhist, Jewish, spiritualist, Muslim, Hindu, indigenous, Pentecostal), atheist & agnostic 9%

Health 8% of GDP

Education 5% of GDP (58th)

Military 2% of GDP (43rd)

Labor Force Agriculture 26%, industry 18%, services 56%

PCVs 1962–present/2020 CURRENT: 0 TTD: 6,567

Adult Books

The Ecuador Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Series: Latin American Readers)
By Carlos De La Torre and Steve Striffler

Genre: Anthology (primary sources, essays, interviews, poetry, fiction, recipes, etc.; illustrations)
Publisher: Duke University Press (2009; 1st printed 2008)
ISBN: 978-0-8223-4374-5 (Paper); 978-0-8223-4352-3 (Cloth)

Examining Ecuador’s history, culture, and politics from many different perspectives, this anthology addresses colonialism, independence, the nation's integration into the world economy, and its tumultuous twentieth century. The voices and creations of Ecuadorian politicians, writers, artists, crafts people, scholars, activists, and journalists fill the Reader. Complementing selections by Ecuadorians, many published here for the first time in English, are samples of some of the best writing on Ecuador by foreign authors, including an account of how an indigenous group with non-Inca origins came to see themselves as definitively Incan and an exploration of the timeless fascination exerted by the Andes.

Kids' Books

Tuki and Moka: A Tale of Two Tamarins
By Judy Young, illustrated by Jim Madsen

Format: 32 pp; color illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-585367-9-55
Age Range: 6-9 years
Publisher: Ann Arbor, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2012

Eduardo and his father travel to the rain forest of Ecuador to collect Brazil nuts. Eduardo befriends two tamarins. Later he sees some poachers have captured his “friends” and he tries to help them escape.


Film: The Porcelain Horse, (Mejor No Hablar [de Ciertas Cosas])
Director: Javier Andrade
Country: Ecuador
Release Date: 13 October 2012 (Poland)
Language: Spanish
Run Time: 100 minutes
Color: Color

Paco Chavez's life is careless and charming. It's a life of illicit drugs and a forbidden love affair he carries with Lucia, his former high school sweetheart, now married to another man. One night, Paco and his younger brother Luis, enter their parent's home to steal a porcelain horse to pawn in order to score more drugs. Their father catches them and a fight ensues. The consequences of that fight will haunt both brothers forever.

Official submission of Ecuador to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category.


Swing Original Monks

Swing Original Monks performs on the streets, in bars and cafes, and as a major performer at renowned national and international festivals. The lyrics and beats resonate with a wide variety of audiences, carrying a sound that has a little bit of each musical influence for everyone to enjoy.

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