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Outstanding Products & Attractions


           

                                                   



Bananas

25% of the world's banana supply comes from Ecuador, being the largest exporter in the world.  This fruit represents 10% of total exports and it is the second most exported product of the country.  It is well-liked by consumers of the most demanding markets and it is part of the daily diet of millions of people.




                                                  

Flowers

Ecuadorian roses are considered the best in the world due to their incomparable quality, beauty and unique characteristics:  thick long stems, big buds and vivid colors.  Also, the biggest difference of the Ecuadorian rose is its lengthy life in the vase after being cut.

Ecuador grows roses, gerbera daisies, gypsophilas, aster, hypericum, carnations, among others.

 




                                             

Hearts of Palm

Ecuadorian hearts of palm is exported in cans, either whole or sliced, in order to preserve its texture, color, and delicate and delightful flavor.  It is particularly demanded by gourmet markets and the most sophisticated restaurants worldwide.

Ecuador is the first heart of palm supplier around the world. Export destinations of Ecuadorian heart of palm are mainly France, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela and the United States.


           

                                           

Toquilla Straw Hats

The raw material needed to elaborate the toquilla straw hat comes from a native Ecuadorian plant, similar to the palm.  The fiber is cut from its stem and, after a long process, is ready to be woven into hats.

Toquilla straw hats (also called "Panama hats" because they were shipped to United States through Panama) come in all qualities, from coarsely woven to "superfine".  Hats produced in the Montecristi region are considered the best (they are so finely woven they can hold water).
 

Galapagos Islands





 

                                 






The Galápagos are a rugged group of volcanic islands straddling the equator in the Pacific Ocean.  Belonging to Ecuador, they lie, isolated,  in vast open waters about 60 miles off the west coast of South America.

Among the most isolated places on earth, the Galápagos Islands have unique wildlife.  Many of the plants and animals that flourish here are found nowhere else in the world.

The sixteen Galápagos Islands have a total land area of about 3,000 square miles and span an area of some 23,000 square miles of ocean.  All the islands were formed by volcanic activity and some are 5 million years old.

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