About Us: Ecuador
Ecuador is a unique and small country located within the Northwest region of South America. The population is estimated to be around 16 million, which makes it less than half the size of its neighbouring countries of Colombia and Peru. Ecuador includes the Galápagos Islands, which are located about 1,000 km off the Pacific coast. Ecuador is also home to Quito, which is not only the closest capital city in the world to the equator, but has the highest elevation of any official capital city in the world.
Ecuador is very well known for its bananas, chocolate, flowers, shrimp and even coffee. Although Ecuadorian jewelry is not as internationally known as their bananas, we're hoping the spread the word.
Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador, both by population and size. It supports the main port in Ecuador because the city sits on the bank of the Guayas River, which feeds directly into the Pacific ocean. Guayaquil is a very diverse city that offers a variety of tourist attractions, including the Malecon (pier), Las Peñas (a Heritage neighbourhood), and countless cathedrals.
Quito is the capital city of Ecuador. Located high in the Andes mountains (over 9,000 ft above sea level), it is one of the most breathtaking cities in the country. Quito is probably most known for the fact that the extends to about 1 km from the equator, making it one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ecuador. The City of Quito is one of only a few Ecuadorian cultural sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The Galápagos Islands are located about 1,000 km off the Pacific coast of Ecuador. The islands became famous in their role of contributing to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Expeditions to the islands include hiking and taking in some of the most unique and amazing wildlife on earth.
Sandra Presilla Salinas
Tesoros of Ecuador was founded by Sandra Presilla Salinas. Sandra was born and raised in Puerto Bolívar, Ecuador, but has spent nearly the last 20 years in Canada. Along with her love for Ecuador, Sandra appreciates everything that Canada has to offer. Tesoros of Ecuador has given Sandra the ability to serve the North American market, while bringing business to her partners in Ecuador.
Sandra is from a small town near the southern tip of Ecuador called Puerto Bolívar. Puerto Bolívar is located in the province of El Oro. The town is on the Pacific coast, only about 50km from the Northwest border with Peru.