In 2004 Ecuador imported approximately US $7.56 billion of services and goods from the United States and the United States purchased approximately US $4.20 billion of Ecuadorian exports. Importing from Ecuador depends largely upon the destination country. The United States is the primary market for Ecuadorian exports as well as Ecuador's largest supplier of imports.
Ecuador's economy is mainly based on mining, agriculture and fishing. The development and exporting of oil have played a dominant role in the country's economy since the early 1970's. But recently Ecuador's economy began to depend more and more on the export of cocoa and bananas, of which Ecuador is the world's largest exporter and has been for several decades.
- Sierra (Andes)
At the heart of the Cotopaxi province of Ecuador lies the sleepy little town of Salcedo. Most visitors to this part of the world only spend the night at one of the luxury hotels in the area while others just pass through by bus or on foot enroute to other destinations. Really though, Salcedo has a lot to offer and should definitely be given a second glance.