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The People

The indigenous people of Ecuador are the Quechuas. "They are some of the kindest, gentlest, most welcoming people I've ever met," Prescher said. But he added that the population of Ecuador is varied.

"Ecuador was subject to Spanish conquest," he said. "So, like much of Latin America, the people and culture of Ecuador are a mix of both influences, Native American and European." he said.

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