This week at Statesman Ties we’re discussing Ecuador, the country named after the equator line! This is the county that inspired our Ecuador tie.

Fun Fact 1: As we already hinted at, Ecuador is along the equatorial bulge, which means that Ecuador’s highest mountain, Mount Chimborazo, is the point on Earth that is closest to the sun. Ecuador is also the country closest you can get to space without leaving the ground.

Fun Fact 2: Ecuador is one of only 17 megadiverse countries in the world. In fact, its Galapagos Islands was the first ever UNESCO World Heritage site because of its astounding natural beauty. Ecuador is also home to the second-ever UNESCO World Heritage site – its capital city, Quito (pictured above).

My favorite fun fact: Ecuador was the first country in the world to legislate that nature has constitutional rights. It’s Constitution recognizes that all life forms has “the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles.”

Did you learn something new about Ecuador? Make sure to check out our Ecuador tie and let us know in the comments your own favorite fact about Ecuador. See you next week!