Category: Living in Ecuador

MONEY! Currency in Ecuador

The quick read; since 2001, Ecuador has used the U.S. dollar. Why? Read on … The sucre lost 67% of its foreign exchange value during 1999, then in one week nosedived 17%, ending at 25,000/US$1 on January 7, 2000. On January 9, President Jamil Mahuad announced that the US dollar would be adopted as Ecuador’s

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It’s different: electric socket installation

I noticed this right away, as I brought a plug extender from home (North America) and it didn’t fit! It took me a second, but all of the electrical sockets are installed like this.  This is the standard installation …….     Vs, North America standard:     Still don’t see it? Let me show

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Earthquakes are a part of living in Ecuador: What you need to know

This is a super useful chart. Memorize it. Hearing the word “earthquake” can send locals running to the streets for safety. They also feel tremors that I don’t notice. Earthquakes occur almost every day (several a day!) but they’re not severe enough to feel. Ecuador lies above the destructive plate boundary where the Nazca Plate is subducting beneath the South American Plate. Ecuador

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Banana peel can be used if fruit’s unsuitable for fresh market

Ecuador is one of the leading banana exporters worldwide, covering over 30% of the global market. Nonetheless, every year it produces around 240 thousand tons of fruit that are not exported due to defects and problems during harvesting or transport. This by-product generates a serious environmental problem due to its high organic load, meaning it

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Recipe: Fun & Easy Frozen Bananas 4 Ways

Yogurt Granola INGREDIENTS 10 finger bushel of bananas 20 popsicle sticks 1 cup vanilla yogurt 1 cup granola PREPARATION 1. Peel bananas and cut in half. Place popsicle sticks inside bananas and put on a tray with parchment paper. 2. Freeze for 1 to 3 hours depending on how firm you want your bananas to

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What you need to know about the bathrooms in Ecuador

I’ll never forget the look on my boyfriend’s daughters’ face when we walked into a public washroom in downtown Guayaquil.   It was a massive, spotless concrete room, full of toilets without toilet seats. We also realized none of the stalls had toilet paper. Public Bathrooms As our days in Ecuador progressed, we learned this was the

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Recipe: Ecuadorian Ceviche

Ecuadorian cuisine, the cuisine of Ecuador, is diverse, varying with altitude, and associated agricultural conditions. Pork, chicken, beef, and cuy (guinea pig) are popular in the mountainous regions, fish is very popular along the coast. Proteins are always served with a variety of carbohydrate-rich foods, especially rice, corn, and potatoes. There's nothing better than fresh

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What’s a Golden Berry?!

My first introduction to the golden berry in Ecuador was in relation to chocolate. I can’t complain, as I quickly realized it was a sweet little nugget that tastes incredible when coated in dark Ecuadorean chocolate. It’s also commonly found in juice form. Goldenberry enjoys economic importance due to its richness in nutrients and its

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