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Map of the 24 Provinces of Ecuador: Population, Area, Capitals…

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In this post, you’ll learn about the 24 Ecuador provinces. We also include the population numbers, physical area, and provincial capitals.

Ecuador provinces

Pictured is the highway just outside of Quito, Ecuador.

Ecuador has a lot of provinces – especially for its small size.

Map of Ecuador’s Provinces

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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)

Learn about the beaches on Ecuador’s Pacific coast.

Best beaches in EcuadorMore reading: Buyers Guide to the Best Sun Protection Hats

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 is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

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  • Jonny Mar 19, 2015, 1:59 pm

    ECUADOR ES LLENO DE LUGARES DE LA DIVERSIÓN ES BIEN

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