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 ECUADOR REGIONS
The Andes Mountains, which cross the country from north to south, divide continental Ecuador into four distinct geographical regions:

The Andes |Sierra|
The Coast |
Costa|
The Amazon |
Oriente|
The Galapagos Islands |Galapagos|

Despite its small size, the country boasts 24 different ecological life zones - from tropical rainforest to mangrove swamps to high altitude grasslands called paramo making Ecuador more topographically diverse than the continental U.S.

Politically and administratively, Ecuador is divided in 22 provinces:   5 in the Costa, 10 in la Sierra, 6 in the Oriente, and 1 in the Galapagos Islands.
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