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Read Around The World April 2023 – Ecuador

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April in Ecuador how did we get on?

Fun facts website 23 Fun Facts About Ecuador You Probably Didn’t Know (

  • Chocolate in Ecuador is a staple for most. With cacao being grown in South and Central America for years.
  • For over 5000 years, chocolate has been consumed here. Ecuador might even be the originator of cacao.
  • Ecuador is the world’s largest exporter of bananas.
  • Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is actually the closest point to the Sun.
  • Ecuador has the most biodiversity per square kilometer in the world
  • Ecuador can top the charts for having more phones than people.
  • In Ecuador can the first and second ever UNESCO World Heritage Sites be found: the Galapagos Islands and Quito.
  • Ecuador is specifically known for its gorgeous orchids.
  • The meaning or translation of Ecuador’s official name, República del Ecuador, is “the Republic of the Equator.”
  • You can stand in both the southern and northern hemispheres at once in Quito.

I chose to visit Ecuador via The Spanish Daughter by Lorena Hughes (Pleased to have found a native author). This is a historical murder mystery. Puri travels to Ecuador following the death of her estranged father for the reading of his will on the journey her husband is killed, arriving in Ecuador she discovers her father has a whole new family and her siblings aren’t happy about sharing the inheritance but are they unhappy enough to have hire a murderer?

As the story progresses we learn more about each sibling; about the cacoa plantation, about cacoa exports and the threats to the crop along with solving the murder.

This was a 3 star read and I would definitely recommend.

Did you join us on this trip? What did you read?

Next up our South America trip continues with Guyana share your reading plans.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Gail #

    I also read The Spanish Daughter and like you gave it 3 stars. I learned a bit about Chocolate, Ecuador and found the journey to finding the murder engaging enough.

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    April 27, 2023
  2. I have too many other books vying for my attention to join in but I read a book a while back by an author born in Guyana – The Girl From Lamaha Street by Sharon Maas (alternative title is The Girl From Jonestown). It’s a memoir of her childhood in what was then British Guiana before she moved to England.

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    April 27, 2023
  3. Remedial Stitcher #

    I chose Jawbone and am still waiting for it to be available from my library. Sigh.

    Liked by 1 person

    April 27, 2023
    • Book Worm #

      I am still waiting for my Booker International books from the library great I can reserve them would be nice for them to actually arrive at some point

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      May 8, 2023
      • Remedial Stitcher #

        I got Jawbone but abandoned it because I just couldn’t read it. I had an ebook first, but the pages-long paragraphs were very difficult to track. I then got the audiobook, and that didn’t help at all. It was very hard to follow either way. Too bad.


        May 8, 2023

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