Ecuador is one of those rare destinations in the world that seems to have the unique combination of natural beauty, intriguing history, and vibrant culture. Nestled along the Equator in the northwest corner of the South American continent, much of the country still remains wild and uncharted. Performing arts has been a part of Ecuadorian life for much of history, telling stories of the Ecuadorian people, their struggles, and their successes. The capitol city of Quito is home to the Teatro Nacional, several ballet companies that specialize in folkloric dance, the National Symphony, and hundreds of other performing arts groups. Bordering the Pacific Ocean and home to roughly 14.5 million people, this country is roughly the size of the state of Wyoming. Marked by its diversity, Ecuador is home to the highest active volcano in the world, pristine Pacific beaches, and virgin tropical rainforests as well as ancient Incan history.