About Ecuador tips for tourists
What Is the Climate Like in Ecuador?
Ecuador’s climate changes depending on the region. The western regions are warm with temperatures as high as 25 degrees. The hot and rainy seasons are between January and April.
Other regions of Ecuador experience a subtropical highland climate. It is usually dry from June to September and wet from October to May. Average temperature stay around 15 to 17 degrees.
ARRIVING TO ECUADOR
DOCUMENTS No visas are required to visit Ecuador for a period of 90 days per year.
MONEY Currency: American dollar. ATM network in all cities. Many locals accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club.
Did you know that the currency used in Ecuador is the US Dollar? It makes it very convenient for traveling. So don’t worry about getting confused with exchange rates. The only difference is that Ecuador is used to the one dollar coin. Especially for fruits and street food, you will need lots of small bills or coins. Trying to pay some bananas with a twenty dollar bill won’t work in most cases. The same applies for paying for public transport or taxis.
Bring a fair amount of dollar and five-dollar bills to make sure you are able to buy small souvenirs and pay for taxis.
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS Quito Guayaquil
PLUS / VOLTAGES 110v and 60Hz Outlets are single phase two wire. You can get adapters in any hardware store.
ACCOMMODATIONS If you have not booked yet, in Ecuador you will find accommodations for all travelers spirits, both luxury and backpack. Couchsurfing culture is still developing. Tripadvisor is a good counselor+150 4 and 5 star hotels
MEDICAL ADVICE Carry around personal medicines of frequent use, a basic first aid kit, and a personal hygiene kit. Medications can be hard to find in Ecuador. Make sure you bring everything you need with you.
Mosquito repellent to prevent mosquito-borne diseases like Zika, yellow fever and dengue.
Bigger cities will have any kind of restaurants serving traditional Ecuadorian cuisine as well as international food. You will also be able to find all kinds of fast food chains. But that’s not really what you have gone to Ecuador for – am I right?
LANGUAGE People in Ecuador speak many different native languages. But almost everybody understands and speaks Spanish fluently. Learning a few phrases before you travel is definitely a good idea as even restaurant or hotel staff don’t speak English most of the time.
But if you want travel at Ecuador in your language only book your trip in travel Agency preferred
WHAT DO YOU BRING?
Raincoat and rain gear is a must, especially if you’re travelling during the rainy season. Sunscreen and sunglasses to protect against the sun. Clothes for layering as the temperature may change from day to night.
ANDES Warm clothing. Sunhats.
PACIFIC COAST Fresh linen fabrics. Swimwear. Raincoats for rainy season. Bugs spray.
GALÁPAGOS Comfortable shoes. Swimwear.
AMAZON Fresh clothes and long sleeves. Rain gear. Bugs spray.
WAYS OF TRANSPORT
When you first arrive in Ecuador you might have pre-booked transportation to your hotel or hostel. This is especially a good idea when you arrive later at night and you don’t want to worry about safety. Taxis are usually pretty cheap in Ecuador (due to the cheap fuel prices), but taxis to and from the airport usually charge more than you would pay for the same distance going somewhere else.
Extra Tip How about buying your own donkey like these guys did for hiking in Piñan? They named him Helmut and he carried some of their bags on a multiple-day hiking tour in the Andes! It looked like fun!
TAXI CAB Only use those with the seal of Secure Taxi. Ask your hotel to get you a taxi. Ask for a reliable app for cab via mobile.
BUS Ideal for journeys between provinces.
BICYCLE Tour operators offer bikes for rent.
NATIONALS AIRPORTS Andes: Quito, Cuenca, Latacunga, Loja Pacific Coast: Manta, Guayaquil Amazon: Tena, Coca, Lago Agrio Galapagos Islands: Baltra