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Why Ecuador for a year?

October 1, 2010

Many people in Ecuador and back home have asked us why we chose Ecuador for our sabbatical year. Here are most of our reasons:

  • Ecuador has a stable government and is quite safe
  • Ecuador has fewer tourists and lower prices than Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay
  • Ecuador’s school year (in the sierra) corresponds to the U.S., unlike Chile and Argentina
  • The climate in the sierra (the mountains) is perpetually spring-like, not hot and not cold
  • Big, beautiful mountains to climb! Chimborazo is over 20,000 feet, though we’re starting with lower ones
  • Good, ubiquitous, and inexpensive bus service throughout the country
  • A strong indigenous culture both politically and culturally– over 40% of the population are native peoples
  • One of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet, with tropical to alpine species within a few hours of each other
  • Ecuador’s currency is the U.S. dollar!

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