Practical information for your trip to Ecuador

Passport/Visa

No visa is necessary for European nationals for a stay of less than 90 days.

A passport valid for more than 6 months after the return date is required.

Vaccination

No vaccine is compulsory for entry into Ecuador. However, it is advisable to be up to date with your vaccines. You can possibly consider vaccination against hepatitis A and B, typhoid or even yellow fever.

In addition, in certain regions such as the Amazon or the Pacific Coast, there may be risks of diseases transmitted by mosquito bite (malaria, dengue, etc.). Learn about possible treatments, their side effects, and most importantly, take a good repellant.

Finally, the altitude of the Andes can cause problems for some people. We recommend that you consult your doctor before traveling at high altitudes, especially if you have a cardiac history.

To prevent altitude sickness, it is recommended to drink plenty of water, eat light meals rich in starchy foods, do not drink alcohol since this increases the risk of dehydration, avoid sedatives and sleep at an altitude lower than that reached during the day.

As a general rule we advise you never to drink tap water, even if it is drinkable in big cities.

Safety

Ecuador is a relatively safe country. Of course, as everywhere we advise you to pay attention to pickpockets and to avoid as much as possible any ostentatious sign of wealth. In addition, certain places with little traffic should be avoided after dark (parks, etc.). As a general rule, after dark, we advise you to make any trip by taxi.

The most touristic volcanoes present no risk at the moment. Ecuador currently has some erupting volcanoes, but these are located relatively far from the main cities and tourist areas.

Of course this data can change at any time. We will inform you of a possible danger during your reservation and in any case, during your trip you are advised to respect the security measures dictated by the local authorities.

Climate

We can consider that there are two seasons in Ecuador, although not very marked: the wet season and the dry season. This varies mainly depending on the geography and altitude.

In the Sierra , the dry season generally extends from May to August. However, the weather is very changeable and it is not uncommon for a downpour to succeed in a few minutes to a bright sun. Temperatures are roughly the same throughout the year. They can quickly fall at night due to the altitude.

On the Pacific Coast , the dry season generally extends from May to December. From June to September the sky is often overcast, it is also during these months that the humpback whales visit our coasts.

In the Galapagos , the dry season generally extends from May to December. Between December and May the sea is often less rough and therefore offers better visibility.

Finally, in the Amazon , the climate is hot and humid almost all year round.

Currency

Since 2000, Ecuador has adopted the US dollar. If the banknotes are exactly the same, the coins are in the likeness of Ecuadorian celebrities (although the American coins are still accepted). Make sure you have tickets up to $ 20. Beyond that, they will often be refused to you (lack of money and mistrust of counterfeit banknotes).

It is relatively easy to find ATMs on the continent. In the villages of Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal) you will find ATMs. However there is none on Isabela and most establishments do not accept bank cards, remember to have cash on you.

It is best to notify your bank that you will be traveling to Ecuador to make sure you don’t have to worry about making withdrawals.

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