Culture & Identity of Ecuador
Ecuador is a country quickly moving into the modern era,
but this shift in culture and way of life is only being undertaken by a portion
of the population, generally the wealthier fraction living in the cities. In more
rural areas the way of life still reflects a more traditional lifestyle as the people
truly live off the land.
In many rural settings the whole family may work the fields as farmers, especially
during the summer months (about November to February) when schools are off and the
fields need the most work. For those who live in the cities, about two-thirds of
the population, the work done is divided into numerous sectors and in there is a
substantial wage gap.
Work and school begin as early as 7:00 am in Ecuador, but
in most placed don't start until about 9:00 am. In cities this later start time
is especially true and most office jobs will work through the day, only having a
short lunch, so workers are finished at about 5:00 pm. For other occupations and
in more rural settings there is a long lunch break during the hottest hours of the
day, then work starts back up and continues until 8:00 or 9:00 pm. Once the work
day or school day (which usually ends at about lunch time so they can eat at home)
is over, most people get home as they arrived, via public transportation in the
cities and by bike or on foot in other locations.