Map of the 24 Provinces of Ecuador

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ecuador-provinces-mapEcuador has a lot of provinces – especially for its small size.

Map of Ecuador’s Provinces

Ecuador has a total of 24 provinces with a land area of 283,520 km2. This makes Ecuador larger than 43 of the 50 US states. It falls right between Nevada (slightly larger) and Colorado (slightly smaller).

Each of the provinces are divided into cantons and parroquias. Read all about Cuenca’s Parroquias.

Here is a map and list of all of the provinces (and their capital cities) in Ecuador.

Complete List of Ecuador’s 24 Provinces

# Province of Ecuador Capital Population (2010) Area (km²)
1  Azuay Cuenca 712 127 8 639
2  Bolívar Guaranda 183 641 3 254
3  Cañar Azogues 164 524 3 908
4  Carchi Tulcán 225 184 3 699
5  Chimborazo Riobamba 458 581 5 287
6  Cotopaxi Latacunga 409 205 6 569
7  El Oro Machala 600 659 5 988
8  Esmeraldas Esmeraldas 491 168 14 893
9  Galápagos Puerto Baquerizo Moreno 25 124 8 010
10  Guayas Guayaquil 3 645 483 17 139
11  Imbabura Ibarra 398 244 4 599
12  Loja Loja 453 966 11 027
13  Los Ríos Babahoyo 778 115 6 254
14  Manabí Portoviejo 1 369 780 18 400
15  Morona Santiago Macas 147 940 25 690
16  Napo Tena 103 697 13 271
17  Orellana Francisco de Orellana 136 396 20 773
18  Pastaza Puyo 83 933 29 520
19  Pichincha Quito 2 576 287 9 612
20  Santa Elena Santa Elena 308 693 3 763
21  Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas Santo Domingo 410 937 4 180
22  Sucumbíos Nueva Loja 176 472 18 612
23  Tungurahua Ambato 504 583 3 334
24  Zamora Chinchipe Zamora 91 376 10 556

Division of Ecuador’s Provinces by Region

  1. La  Sierra (Andean Highlands): 10 provinces (Carchi, Imbabura, Pichincha, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, Bolívar, Chimborazo, Cañar, Azuay, Loja)
  2. La Costa (Coast): 7 provinces (Esmeraldas, Manabí,  Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Los Ríos, Santa Elena, Guayas, El Oro)
  3. El Oriente (Amazon jungle): 6 provinces (Sucumbíos, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Morona Santiago, Zamora Chinchipe)
  4. Insular Region (Galapagos): 1 province (Galápagos)

Ecuador’s 8 Most Popular Provinces

According to interest on our site and from our experience, here are Ecuador’s 8 most popular provinces. This is not scientific and is based on tourism and relocation.

  1. Galápagos (Galápagos)
  2. Azuay (Cuenca)
  3. Pichincha (Quito)
  4. Guayas (Guayaquil)
  5. Santa Elena (Salinas)
  6. Manabí (Manta, Bahía de Caráquez, Puerto Cayo)
  7. Loja (Loja)
  8. Tungurahua (Baños de Agua Santa)

Now it’s your turn!

What provinces are you planning on visiting? Which area is your favorite?

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Meet the Author

Bryan Haines

Bryan Haines is editor of GringosAbroad - one of the largest English language sites about Ecuador. Work with GringosAbroad. He is a travel blogger, photographer and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands).

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  • Jonny Mar 19, 2015, 1:59 pm

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