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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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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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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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News: Ecuador rips up 16 toxic trade treaties

Ecuador is the latest country to tear up ‘free trade’ agreements that have so far cost the country $21 billion in damages awarded to foreign companies by ‘corporate courts’, and yielded next to nothing in return, writes Nick Dearden. So the outgoing President Correa did the only sensible thing: in one of his final executive

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