Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHomework Help · 1 decade ago

some cultural information about Ecuador?

please tell if in Ecuador there's some unacceptable topics of conversation, business negotiaons styles, customs, greetings, time manegement... something else you think is important....

thanks =]

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  • 1 decade ago
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    OK..none of those otehr answers did it for me, so here goes mine. Ecuador is not a radical country at all, by this I mean there are not any subjects that any rational polite person cant touch. Basics in any part of the world are dont discuss politics, religion , same applies in Ecuador (unless you really know the other person is ope minded and willing to debate some point of view) Otherwise, there are not big tabooes, you can say how fat cows are (reference to India), you can wear short skirts and be a liberal woman (ref to mid eatearn countries) . and pretty much do anything you would normally do. Ecuadorian are very friendly, and we will understand any faux-pas (if we are not laughing about it..) as long as is not intentional and rude. maybe a topic u want to be carefl about is soccer, worldcup and our elimination..we were so proud we made it...and then we were eliminated...OUCH!!! =)

    As for time managemnet. Beware, ot very orpud to say this, but we have something called "ecuadorian time" wich means we will always be 15min late (on a good day!) and we will se nothing wrong with it!!!! so you might want to schedule appointments accordingly.

    Bussiness negotiatio!!! bargain!!! always offer a ridiculous amount for anything, and you will probably end up paying half of the first price told. (ex: if tehy say a hat is $40, offer 10, they will reduce it to 35, offer 20, hat will probably end up going for 25 or 30...)

    Greetings : "Hola como estas?" Kiss in the cheek... well, not really a kiss, is more like putting buth cheeks together and kissing the air.

    Good luck!

    Source(s): Proud Ecuadorian
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  • 1 decade ago

    Ecuador's population is ethnically mixed. The largest ethnic groups are indigenous and mestizo (mixed Indian-Caucasian). Although Ecuadorians were heavily concentrated in the mountainous central highland region a few decades ago, today's population is divided about equally between that area and the coastal lowlands. Migration toward cities--particularly larger cities--in all regions has increased the urban population to over 60%. The tropical forest region to the east of the mountains remains sparsely populated and contains only about 3% of the population. Due to an economic crisis in the late 1990s, more than 600,000 Ecuadorians emigrated to the U.S. and Europe from 2000 to 2001. It is estimated that there are over two million Ecuadorians currently residing in the U.S.

    The first thing to realize about the Ecuadorian culture is that it is not one single culture, instead it is a whole range, representing every level of this very stratified community.

    Ecuador's official language is Spanish, but Quichua, an Inca language, is spoken by the Indian population. Besides Spanish, ten native languages are spoken in Ecuador. English is the most spoken foreign language amongst tourist providers and professionals.

    The Afro-Ecuadorians that are present in Ecuador today are famous for their marimba music and many music and dance festivals. Long before the Spanish have conquered Ecuador, and even before the Inca civilization, the diverse native cultures of the region had rich musical traditions. Music played an important role in the ancient Andean people’s lives as they found some very old instruments such as, drums, flutes, trumpets, and other musical artifacts in ancient tombs.

    The Ecuadorians have a distinctive type of dress code, made up of all the different cultural diversities that stays in the regions of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. A major aspect of Indian identity is present in Ecuador. People that are familiar with the native dress can often tell roughly where an Indian is from, based on what they wear.

    The Ecuadorians have a distinctive type of dress code, made up of all the different cultural diversities that stays in the regions of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. A major aspect of Indian identity is present in Ecuador. People that are familiar with the native dress can often tell roughly where an Indian is from, based on what they wear.

    Ecuador has some very tasty and very strange combinations in their dishes. You can expect to find some lemon marinated shrimps, toasted corn on the cob, and a huge variety of pastries filled with all types of different stuffings.

    As with all other places in the world, Christmas is celebrated in Ecuador. If you want the best and most original Christmas celebration, you should go to Cuenca on the 24th of December where the Pase Del Nino is held.

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  • Culture:

    Ecuador's mainstream culture is defined by its mestizo majority and, like their ancestry, is a mixture of European and Amerindian influences infused with African elements inherited from enslaved ancestors. Ecuador's indigenous communities are integrated into that mainstream culture to varying degrees, but some may also practice their own autochthonous cultures, particularly the more remote indigenous communities of the Amazon basin.

    The Panama hat is of Ecuadorean origin, and is known there as "Sombrero de paja toquilla" It is made principally in Montecristi(Pile, Pampas, Cruces) in the Province of Manabi. Its manufacture (particularly that of the Montecristi superfino) is considered a great craft.

    Notable people born in Ecuador include painters Tábara, Guayasamín, Kingman, Rendón, Arauz, Constanté, Viteri, Molinari, Maldonado, Gutierrez, Endara Crow, Villacís, Egas, Villafuerte and Faini; animator Mike Judge; poet and statesman José Joaquín de Olmedo y Maruri, scholar Benjamín Urrutia, and tennis player Pancho Segura.


    The most popular sport in Ecuador, as in most South American countries, is soccer (futbol). Its best known professional teams include Barcelona S.C. and C.S. Emelec, from Guayaquil, Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito, Deportivo Quito and El Nacional (the Ecuadorian Armed Forces team) from Quito, Olmedo from Riobamba, and Deportivo Cuenca, from Cuenca.

    The matches of the Ecuador national football team are the most watched sports events in the country. In June 2007, FIFA adopted a resolution prohibiting international soccer games at or higher than 2,500 meters above sea level. Rafael Correa, and his presidential counterparts in Peru, Bolivia and Colombia, issued a joint letter of protest against this ruling.[5] Ecuador qualified for the final rounds of both the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups. Ecuador finished ahead of Poland and Costa Rica to come in second to Germany in Group A in the 2006 World Cup. Futsal, often referred to as índor, is particularly popular for mass participation.

    There is considerable interest in tennis in the middle and upper classes in the Ecuadorean society, and several Ecuadorean professional players have attained considerable international fame, including Francisco Segura and Andrés Gómez. Basketball also has a high profile, while Ecuador's specialties include Ecuavolley, a three-person variation of volleyball. Bullfighting is practiced at a professional level in Quito, during the annual festivities that commemorate the Spanish founding of the city. Bullfighting is found in smaller towns, notably El Chaco (east of Quito).

    Ecuador obtained its first Olympic gold medal in Atlanta's 1996 Olympic Games, through Jefferson Pérez, on the 20 km race-walk. There is flourishing activity in nontraditional sports such as mountain biking, motorbiking, surfing, and paintball. Since 2005, Ecuador has held the Guayaquil Marathon, which is an international foot race.

    Ecuador also hosted the 2007 Youth World Championship for Rock Climbing, held in Ibarra, becoming the first country outside of Europe or Asia to host the event.


    Ecuador has a network of national highways maintained by the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Comunicaciones (Ministry of Public Works and Communication) government agency [4]. The Pan-American Highway connects the northern and southern portions of the country as well as connecting Ecuador with Colombia to the north and Peru to the south. The quality of roads, even on truck routes, is highly variable. There is an extensive network of intercity buses that use these mountain roads and highways.

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  • 4 years ago

    Definitely Quito and Guayaquil is better and safer than Milagro. Trust me I've been there and you do not want to go to Milagro.

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  • 1 decade ago

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