Facts You Didn't Know About Ecuador by Tomer Levi
Ecuador is a South American country with a rich history. It is home to many species. In fact, it is one of the seventeen most biodiverse countries in the world Tomer Levi explains.
Tomer Levi – The rain forests
Ecuador is surrounded by the Amazon rainforest, which makes the country a natural habitat for large and small animals. The country is home to over 15,000 bird species. Some of the most unique species in the world can be found in the Amazon Rainforest National Park. Also, Ecuador is home to the Galapagos Islands, which have a diverse collection of native and endemic species. These islands also served as inspiration for Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution.
Ecuador has been influenced by waves of immigration. This is because the country was once part of Gran Colombia, which included Colombia, Venezuela and Peru. Many people from Europe and the United States now live in the country. As such, there are several different languages spoken in Ecuador. However, the majority of the population speaks Spanish.
There are four distinct regions in the country: the Andes, the Amazon, the coast and the Chota Valley. Each region has its own language. The Cayapas, for example, speak the Cayapas language and live near the rainforest on the northern coast of the country.
Tomer Levi on the national parks of Ecuador
Ecuador is home to several national parks, including the Yasuni Park. This park is a Biosphere Reserve, which means that the land has been protected from exploitation. This park is home to hundreds of tree and plant species, as well as large and small animals. Furthermore, the park contains a large amount of crude oil. Several of the park's animals are unique to the region, including the azure-colored Galapagos tortoise and the iguana Tomer Levi explains.
Tomer Levi – The rain forests
Ecuador is also home to several species of large animals, including the Andean condor, which is the largest flying bird in the animal kingdom. Its wingspan reaches eight to ten feet and it weighs between seven and five kilograms. Currently, it is the national animal of Ecuador.
Ecuador has more amphibian species per square kilometer than any other country in the world. This is because of the country's climate, which is mainly tropical and influenced by volcanoes. Additionally, it is a great place to see hummingbirds. Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world and enter a hibernation-like state each night. They are also the most metabolic.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Ecuador is the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, which marks the equatorial line. Visitors can put one leg over the equator in each hemisphere. Another interesting fact is that the Andean condor is Ecuador's national animal.
Ecuador's capital city is Quito, which is located on the top of the Andes mountain. The city is 9,350 feet above sea level. Despite being a small country, it has a huge number of inhabitants. Currently, the city is home to almost two million people.
During the 19th century, Ecuador gained independence from Spain. This was a period of time when the Incas and other invading forces were a major influence on the country's history.