Ecuador is democratic republic country, located in the north-west areas of South America. Besides its continental part, Ecuador also claims sovereignty over the Galapagos Island, which are located in the Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 kilometers away from the mainland.
It covers an area of about 283,500 square kilometers, which makes it bigger than Uruguay, Surinam and Guyana. According to the latest population census, Ecuador has around 15,2 million citizens. The majority of population (71 percent) belongs to the Mestizos ethnic group. The official langue is Spanish and the official currency is US dollar, which replaced national currency sucre on March 13, 2000.
The whole country is divided into 24 provinces. The capital city is Quito and the largest one is Guayaquil.
Ecuador has several different climates. The coastal area is under influence of tropical climate while the continental part have typical sub-tropical weather.
This country is blessed with diverse and rich nature, divided into four geographic regions. All of them can be an ideal destination if you decide to use car rental in Ecuador:
- La Costa is the most fertile region and it covers an area along the Pacific shore. It is the center of the agriculture, with big banana plantations and rice crop fields.
- La Sierra includes the Andes Mountains and provinces that are known as Highlands. The soil is not so fertile as in La Costa, which is the reason why locals from this region still use traditional methods of cultivation.
- The biggest part of La Amazonia region belongs to the Amazonia National Park. However, this area is also known because of the large reserves of petroleum, which is the most important exporting product of this country.
- Finally, La Region Insular includes Galapagos Islands, is the natural Heaven, with a number of endemic plant and animal species.
Information about car rental in Ecuador
Valid driver’s license from domestic country is sufficient for car rental in Ecuador (just like when you rent a car in Jamaica), but an International license is recommended, especially if you are planning to drive abroad. The same goes for car renting in Cayman Islands. Of course, you will have to drive on the right side of the road. Seat belts are mandatory. If you are foreigner, you have to carry passport, driver’s license and insurance with you.
Almost all main roads are in good condition, especially the famous Pan- American highway, which goes through 14 countries. Of course, you will have to pay a toll if you want to use it.
Roads that connect smaller cities are not in perfect condition and the majority of them are gravel and ordinary dirt roads. Pay attention on the road conditions if you decide to use car rental in Ecuador. This is particularly important during the rainy season.
This beautiful country hides a number of tourist pearls you simply have to visit. First of all, there is the Church of the Society of Jesus, the first Baroque cathedral in this part of the world. It is located in the old city core of Quito.
For nature lovers, trip to Cotopaxi will be unforgettable experience. It is the second highest peak in Ecuador and one of the most active volcanoes in the world. By the way, if you like nature and mountains, car renting in Antigua is another great option for you.
If you want to rent a car at the international aerodrome in Quito, you can be sure that you will find almost everything you need- Avis, Budget and Advantage have offices at the airport. For those who are already in the city, we recommend Hertz or some of the local agencies.