The "Republic of the Equator" was one of three
countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830
(the others are Colombia and Venezuela).
The immense diversity which can be found
throughout the country can be found in every sphere of Ecuadorian
life and only adds to the country's appeal. Magnificent volcanoes
abound but very few are active though there are some that will
treat you to the sight of bellowing smoke and a few hot spouts of
ashes now and then. The active volcanoes also mean natural bodies
of warm water so revitalizing springs and sulphur pits can also be
found in the country. continues...