South America

Ecuador

Population: 17.51 Million

The Basics

Population
17.51 Million
Language
Spanish
Religions
Roman Catholic 74%
Protestant Christian 10%
Atheist 8%
Other 8%

Ecuador is a small country in South America but it is big on culture, hospitality and adventure.

Its active volcanoes and lush jungles as well as the Galapagos Islands attract thousands of tourists every year. Known for its relatively stable economy, it has recently become a large hub for refugees from Venezuela.

God is doing amazing things in Ecuador as the local church is being strengthened.

Culture
Mealtimes are very slow and are considered a time to socialize and relax.

Ecuadorians are incredibly friendly and hospitable, and enjoy meeting foreigners.
Explore
The Casa Del Arbol is a giant treehouse with a swing on the edge of a cliff in Banos. It’s an incredible view - and makes for a great photo!

Go visit Mitad del Mundo, where you can stand on the Equator line and see how gravity is different in the northern and southern hemispheres.

Old town Quito is fantastically beautiful and has a lot of food and shopping options.

If you are in Quito, take the Teleferico gondola up to the top of the Pichincha Volcano. You can look out over all of Quito, and even hike higher if you'd like.

Go to the markets in Otavalo. There are crafts, animals, and plenty of grocers.

Strategic Partners

Inca Link serves as our ministry Base in Ecuador—mainly through our partnership with Casablanca, Inca Link's guest house. The guesthouse managers, Fabi and Mabe, are passionate about discipling youth and mobilizing them to serve God's Kingdom. They serve our teams by mobilizing them to partner with local ministries around Quito. Teams partner alongside ministries that serve children with disabilities, children living on the street, women formerly trafficked, and much more.

Meet Oscar! Pan de Vida's vision is to spread the Gospel through meeting the tangible needs of locals in Quito. In 2000, Oscar met a young boy living on the street outside of his church asking for money. Oscar bought him breakfast at a nearby bakery, told him about Jesus, and invited him back for breakfast the next week. Years later, Pan de Vida serves meals to more than 1,600 people every month, and has grown to include a vocational skills training program, a children's club, and a microloan program.

Meet Bob, a retired police officer from New Jersey, and his wife Lori. The couple moved to Ecuador in 2013 to raise up disciples and plant churches in Cuenca. They desire to reach, disciple, train, and send the youth of Ecuador to spread the Gospel. Bob and Lori are living a truly missional life, demonstrating what it looks like to live in obedience with the Spirit every day, wherever they are.

On the Ground

Posts from racers on the ground in Ecuador

Upcoming Ecuador Trips

These trips help make a difference in this country by serving alongside local ministries. You can join them!

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