Ecuador travel guide

Recommended equipment

 

Documentation

Documentation pouch, passport (minimum validity of six months), air line ticket and inssurance policy photocopies; Itinerary and emergency contact numbers, traveller’s cheks, credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) and cash.

 

General Equipment

Camera, watertight camera, small travel alarm clock, sunglasses, water bottle, binoculars, diary, pencil, ziplock bags.

 

Medicines

Personal medications and antibiotics (please advice your travel agency if you have any important health problems or allergies), sea-sickness tablets, the strongest green friendly insect repellent that you can find, biodegradable shampoo and soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, water-resistant sunblock, lip balm.

 

Clothing

Please contact us for this information, the clothes that we recommend you to bring depend on the Ecuadorian regions that you will visit.

 

Luggage allowance

In Galapagos and the rainforest flights is allowed to bring one piece of luggage of 20 kilos plus one small carry on bag of 8 kilos.  Any additional pieces can be stored at your hotel. The Ecuadorian airlines charge approximately US $2.00 for each extra kilo subject to space and weight availability.;

 

Currency and payments

The unit of currency in Ecuador is the US Dollar. Credit cards are accepted, especially Visa and Mastercard, but there is often a service charge added onto the bill.

Please check if all meals are included in your itinerary, additional soft drinks or alcoholic beverages must be paid for at the end of your tour.

What to tip is obviously determined by the quality of service that you have received. We suggest a tipping between USD $7.00 to USD$ 15.00 per person per day for the guides and USD $100 to be split between the crew or staff members. Take note that these are only suggestions, the amount that each person decides to tip is a totally personal decision.

 

Telephone service

  • In Galapagos there are standard phone and cellular phone communication services available in Puerto Ayora. Once you have arrived on the Ecuadorian mainland, we recommend that you use calling cards.
  • In Quito there are many Internet “Cyber-cafes” with e-mail and net-phone services; and in Puerto Ayora there are at least 3 Internet cafes.

 

Electricity

  • American Household electricity of 110V AC (60 cycles). Please note that Europe uses a 50 cycle system, therefore if you are European, we recommend that you bring power-plug adapters that go from “round-to-flat”.

 

Vaccination

  • Please check with your doctor before traveling to Ecuador about currently recommended vaccinations. Although any vaccination is requiered to enter to Ecuador. In case that you travel to the Rainforest we recommend you to get  the yellow fever and malaria vaccinations, please try to get them unless one week before your trip. 

 

Previous preparation

  • It is a good idea to prepare yourself physically before your trip. We suggest that you walk or trek with your personal gear before coming so that you are sure that it fits well and is comfortable.
  • Why not do some reading about Ecuador, there are many excellent books and videos available. Please contact us if you would like us to send you a list of recommended reading.

 

Ecuador travel tips

  • Put your home address inside your case and your away address on a label outside.
  • Carry the most important things in your hand luggage, such as prescription medicine, your itinerary with the address and phone number of your travel agent.
  • Please bring only the necessary amount of luggage, you have to consider that in Ecuador there are many beautiful handicrafts to buy with excellent prices.

 

Contact and emergency details

 

Ecuador Nature Expeditions

 Quito – Ecuador – South America

Telfax : (593-2) 601 8465
Mob: (593-9) 97732 692 • (593-9) 97731 267
US and Canada phone number: 1 305 89 71251
Skype: ecuadornatureexpeditions
E-mail: info@enexpeditions.com

Established departures 2017

Birding in the East and West slopes of the Andes
11 days:
July 24 - August 3
October 09 - 19
December 11 – 21

14 days:
July 24 - August 6
October 09 - 22

The Southern Endemics
10 days:
June 28 - July 7
September 06-15
November 29 - December 08

14 days:
June 28 - July 11
September 06-19
November 29 - December 12

Birding Galapagos
8 days:
March 19 - 26
August 13 – 20
November 05 – 12

Ecuador tours
from 800 USD

Travel guide

Adventure lovers will be keen to explore the Ecuadorian Amazon or to climb one of the country’s volcanoes. This tiny country packs a lot of punch and this travel guide can help you make the most of your trip.

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Jonathan Barnard / UK
2016-06-02, 15:12
Andres is one of the best guides i have ever had and this was one of the best trips.
Andrés ensured that everything ran smoothly - both with the birds and the people.

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We can combine cultural and natural destinations for small or large groups, to fit into the dates that you want to travel and that will satisfy the expectations of the most demanding travellers.

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Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador, South America

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