In Western South America. Coastal plain, inter-Andean central highlands, and flat to rolling eastern jungle.
283,560 km2 (slightly > NV), 5.7% arable.

Capital Quito (1.5M)
Population 13.9M (49/km2)
Life expectancy 76.8 years
Literacy 91%
Lang(s) Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)
Religions Roman Catholic (95%), other (5%)
Ethnic Groups Mestizo (mixed Amerindian & white – 65%), Amerindian (25%), Spanish and other (7%), black (3%)
Gov’t Republic
GDP/cap $7,700
PCVs 1962 to present; health, agriculture, youth, and habitat conservation (Volunteers in country: 155; total to date (TTD): 5,623
Nat’l holiday Independence Day (independence of Quito), 10 August (1809)

Focus word for 2010 - “Justice”

Quechua: alliruray (al-lee-roo-rye)


Música de Ecuador
Various Artists

Kids' Books

De colores and other Latin-American folk songs for children
selected, arranged, and translated by Jose-Luis Orozco ; illustrated by Elisa Kleven.
New York, [NY] : Dutton Children's Books, c1994.
56 p. : col. ill., music ; 32 cm.

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1994)
Each of the twenty-seven Latin American songs, chants and rhymes chosen by performer/songwriter Orozco for inclusion in this text are presented with lyrics in Spanish and English, simple musical arrangement, and explanatory notes about the song's subject and how it is traditionally sung. Kleven's brightly colored collage illustrations are lively, joyous accompaniments to the music. CCBC categories: The Arts; Activities; Folklore, Mythology And Traditional Literature. 1994, Dutton, 56 pages, $16.99. Ages 5-10.
© Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Reprinted with permission.


Quimbolitos/Steamed Puddings
Pristinos/Pumpkin Fritters