Ecuador does not observe daylight saving time like many northern nations in South America. With 12-hour days and 12-hour nights year round, there isn’t much need for it.
But it wasn’t for lack of trying. The exact history is fuzzy, but anecdotally, then-President Sixto Durán Ballén imposed daylight saving time in 1992 as an energy-saving effort that extended daylight one more hour while simultaneously extending the work day.
It was a complete fiasco. A decent chunk of the population couldn’t grasp the concept and some would ask if the country was “on old time or new time.”
Suffice it to say, DST didn’t last long.
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