Aside from Ecuador’s biodiversity, it also has a lot of cultural diversity. Approximately 70% of the population is mixed, that is to say, a mixture of Indians and Spaniards, while 22% are indigenous with 14 nationalities which possess their own cultural identities and speak 12 different languages; some of which, especially in the Amazon region, have had little contact with modern civilization and maintain the worldview of their forefathers and the rest of the 8% are of other ethnicities, including people of African descent. These groups vary a lot according to the particular geographic region and each one has its own special customs and traditions to share.
Twenty-five different ethnic groups, each one blessed with a rich cultural heritage, coexist peacefully in Ecuador. Perhaps the most gratifying for a visitor is the opportunity to actually take part in the festivities rather than just being an observer.