Ecuador regionsThe Andes Mountains, which cross the country from north to south, divide continental Ecuador into four distinct geographical regions:

The Andes / Sierra
The Coast / Costa
The Amazon / Oriente
The Galapagos Islands

Despite its small size, the country boasts 24 different ecological life zones - from tropical rainforest to mangrove swamps to high altitude grasslands called paramo – making Ecuador more topographically diverse than the continental U.S.

Politically and administratively, Ecuador is divided in 22 provinces: 5 in the Costa, 10 in la Sierra, 6 in the Oriente, and 1 in the Galapagos Islands.

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Hacienda Pinsaqui

Hacienda Pinsaqui

In the heart of Ecuador's lake district, Hotel in Otavalo, Hacienda Pinsaquí, rich with centuries of…

Kaony Lodge

Kaony Lodge

Loge in cloud forest

In a corner far away from daily life, outside all eras you will find Kaony Lodge, a place where your…

Chez Jerome

Chez Jerome

Ecuadorian and French cuisine is our speciality as well as a variety of international dishes.  We have specially created this…

Cafe Cultura

Cafe Cultura

Cafe Cultura

Café Cultura is a delightful mix of English tradition and contemporary trend. We consider ourselves an inner city retreat, with…

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Hip Ecuador™ is dedicated to providing the traveller to our small but beautiful South American country with up-to-date information, help and advice. On Hip Ecuador™, you'll find all you need to know about the country: whether it's a battle in the war of independence against Spain, the highland dress of a certain community, what kind of plugs we use, or where to find the best accommodation, you'll find the answer here, or at the end of an email.

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