Ecuador: Facts about country that is world's largest exporter of bananas

Interestingly, there are around 300 types of bananas in Ecuador

November 19, 2021, 11:46 AM for
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Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast.

Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands.

In the Andean foothills at an elevation of 2,850m, Quito, the capital, is known for its largely intact Spanish colonial center, with decorated 16th- and 17th-century palaces and religious sites, like the ornate Compañía de Jesús Church.

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Chocolate in Ecuador is a staple for most.

With cacao being grown in South and Central America for years, the history is deep, including cacao being used for anti-inflammatory properties in the past.

For over 5000 years, chocolate has been consumed in Ecuador making it the originator of cacao.

Closest point to the sun

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

Due to the mountain’s location along the equatorial bulge, its summit is the farthest point from the Earth’s core.

This also means that Ecuador is the closest country to space.


Ecuador is the world’s largest exporter of bananas.

Not only do they supply the yummy yellow fruit, but it is actually a staple in the Ecuadorian diet and cuisine.

Interestingly, there are around 300 types of bananas in Ecuador.

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are famous thanks to Charles Darwin and his Theory of Evolution which is centered around the finches of the islands.

The islands themselves are a remote area found six hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador.

Teaming with rare and unique wildlife, as much as 20% of the creatures are exclusive to the islands with the wealth of the site making the Galapagos Islands one of the most fascinating places on earth.

Orchid flowers

Ecuador is known as the orchid capital of the world with over 4,000 species of these beautiful plants.

It also boasts some of the greatest levels of diversity within the species ranges.

Some of the varieties flower for half a year, and some for mere hours. Some of the flowers can even live up to 100 years old.

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Panama hats

The Panama hat is actually from Ecuador.

Straw hats woven along the Ecuadorian coast were taken to Panama initially to be sold to canal workers and, after the canal opened, to affluent westerners passing through the Panama Canal.

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