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Snapshot of Ecuador – Spanish is the official language of Ecuador, though Kichwa, Shuar, and other indigenous languages are recognized regional languages. About 80% of Ecuador’s population belongs to the Roman Catholic church, while about 1.4% belongs to the LDS church. Protestantism has been increasing as well. Family is very important to Ecuadorian culture, with elderly family members often living with their children. Traditional music styles such as pasillo, albazo, and bomba still enjoy some popularity. Festivals and celebrations are varied across the country, many of which mix Catholic and indigenous beliefs. Panama hats, which are brimmed straw hats, are a popular and unique clothing item. Ecuador has many regional rivalries, such as between Quito and Guayaquil, or the coast and sierra areas. Soccer is Ecuador’s most popular sport, though basketball and tennis are also somewhat popular. Lunch is the main meal in Ecuador, though cuisine varies between the coastal and mountain regions. Soup usually precedes the main course for most meals. Fish, beans, and plantains are typical along the coast, while meat (beef, pork, and even guinea pig), rice and hominy are more popular in the mountain regions. Seafood dishes such as shrimp and crab are popular along the coast. Hornado (roasted pig with potatoes) is a popular street food.
There are 7 stakes and districts located in the Ecuador Quito North Mission, as well as a few branches of the Church that are not yet part of any stake or district. There are many Church resources available in the area as well, with CES Institutes located in Quito, Ibarro, and Otavalo. Quito also has a Bishop’s Storehouse and a Church Employment Resource Center. Church growth in the area, combined with the recent influx of missionaries, led to this mission being split from the Ecuador Quito Mission. The area is serviced by the Ecuador Guayaquil Mission to the south.
Most meals follow a three-course structure: soup, followed by a main course of rice and meat, and then finished with a dessert. Tropical fruits and juice made from fresh fruit are also popular. Coastal areas are more prone to feature fish soup and other seafood dishes as parts of meals. Popular street foods include fried plantains and hornado (roasted pig). In some of the mountainous areas, people even eat guinea pig! A few American fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s can also be found in the more urban areas.
Public transportation is very commonly used in Quito. There are many taxi services available in the city that are relatively cheap, as well as a bus rapid transit system (which utilizes trolleybuses), and several other bus lines. Quito also has a bicycle sharing system that facilitates public transportation.
Outside of Quito, public transportation can be more difficult, as mountain roads sometimes get washed out and become impassable.
It’s best not to give off the impression that you are a tourist or that you have lots of money. Avoid speaking English in public and act like you know where you are going (even if you don’t)! Some of the northern border areas are less safe due to transportation of illicit goods, so missionaries should exercise more caution in these areas.
The area covered by the Ecuador Quito North Mission is quite varied, ranging from the mountainous area around Quito to the parts of the Amazon basin in the east, and coastal areas. The areas closer to the Amazon basin have a higher number of indigenous people, and indigenous languages such as Quechua are commonly spoken there. Coastal areas experience a stronger African influence, while Spanish culture has a large influence on the country as a whole.
“chuzo!” – dang it!
“bacan” – cool
The city of Quito is built on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano. Tourists are able to travel up the side of Pichincha using the TelefériQo aerial tram. Hiking trails also ascend the volcano. Quito is also home to the Parque Metropolitano Guanguiltagua, which is even larger than New York City’s Central Park. Quito’s city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is home to several monuments and historic religious buildings. Other interesting sites in the area include the Mindo Nambillo cloud forest and La Mitad del Mundo (The Middle of the World) monument which marks where the equator runs through the country.
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Edificio Iglesia de Jesucristo
The work is going so well in Ecuador that the Church recently created the Ecuador Quito North mission! Check back in a year to hear what the first missionaries in the Ecuador Quito North mission have to say!
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