Ecuador was our most northerly country and the 5th country on our route after Peru.

The country is environmentally and culturally diverse with the Amazon and the Galápagos Islands showcasing nature and Quito featuring as a cultural centre.

Read about our trip to the Amazon here.

Overall population is estimated at 16,385,068 and the largest city being Guayaquil in the west coast.

Ecuador has one major uniqueness compared to the rest of South America. It uses the US Dollar as currency. Most countries in the region have their own currency but there is some coins that have centavos instead of cents to adapt.

LGBT Rights in Ecuador

Civil unions are legal between both men and women however marriage is legally considered between a man and a woman.

In 1998, Ecuador became one of the first countries in the world to ban discrimination towards the LGBT community.

Quito has a thriving LGBT+ scene and annually holds a famous pride and film festival.

Read about what we found in Quito

We had no issues in Quito and felt very comfortable holding hands in public!

Places we visited:

  • Guayaquil (very brief stop over)
  • Quito
  • Cuyabeno Reserve (Amazon Rainforest)