|Land Area||276,841 km2|
|Water Area||6,720 km2|
|Total Area||283,561km2 (#73)|
|Government Type||Presidential Republic|
|GDP (PPP)||$182.00 Billion|
|GDP Per Capita||$11,000|
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Ecuador has a tropical climate along its coastal areas, then becomes much cooler inland, especially in the higher elevations of the Andes. The jungle-covered plains of the eastern lowlands are hot and very damp throughout the year, with copious amounts of rain.
The most significant climate variations occur in the Andes, where in general terms, mornings are cold and afternoons warm.
The lower levels of the mountains are tropical and experience heavy precipitation. Somewhat typical of any mountainous country, the higher the altitude, the lower the temperatures fall, and rainfall decreases. In the upper elevations here, the Andes are snow-capped, and temperatures are very cold.
Quito is over (9,200 ft.) in elevation; its highest temperatures are in August and September, where daily highs approach 72° F. The balance of the year high temperatures are generally in the low 60s. The months of June and July are the coldest, with highs in the 40s.
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