Spanish in Ecuador
Ecuador is a small, tranquil country nestled between Columbia and Peru on the Pacific Coast of South America. Its population of 12.5 million people is mostly of mestizo or indigenous descent.
Like many South American countries, Ecuador is a nation full of contrasts. You will find indigenous peoples and crafts alongside Spanish colonial architecture, massive snow-covered volcanoes and the lush tropics of the Amazon, and modern cities not far from traditional Indian villages and the ruins of ancient Amerindian and Incan civilizations.
Quito has long been an important city in South America: it belonged to the ancient Amerindian Quitu tribe, then to the vast Incan Empire, and was conquered by Spain in 1534.