Things to do before arriving in EcuadorLocated between Colombia and Peru, Ecuador is a country in Latin America that is often little-known.
It has one of the highest capitals in the world, based at 2'800 meters above sea level Quito overlooks its compatriots.
The country itself has a very varied fields due to its high concentration of volcanoes. Speaking of volcanoes, Ecuador has the highest one in the world, the Chimborazo reaching an altitude of 6,263 meters.
It is a country divided into three distinct regions: the Pacific Coast, the Andean Cordillera and the Ecuadorian Amazon. Added to this are the Galapagos, a unique wildlife reservoir in the world.
Ecuador has a pleasant tropical climate that varies from region to region. The climate is very changeable, you can quickly pass from the marvellous sun to a torrential rain in a few hours.
There are 2 less and less differentiated seasons in Ecuador:
- The rainy season: from December to May, the climate is hot and humid.
- The dry season: from June to November, the climate is dry with cooler temperatures.
Ecuador is in the GMT -5 zone (-6 for Galapagos), which corresponds to minus 7 hours in summer, and minus 6 hours in winter compared to Switzerland.
Entry Visa: You must have a valid passport with an expiry date of 6 months after your return date. Usually you do not need a Visa if you want to make a tourist stay of less than 3 months and according to the country you come from. These conditions may change. Please check with the Ecuadorian Consulate in your country before departure to confirm this.
In Ecuador, the official currency is the US dollar USD. Most credit cards are accepted in department stores and restaurants, and you can withdraw cash from domestic banks such as Pichincha Bank.
It is advisable not to carry too much money when you walk in the street.
It is customary in Ecuador to reward the guide and driver who accompanied you throughout your trip.
At the end of your stay, do not forget to reward the work of those who will have "pampered" you throughout your journey by taking to heart to make you discover their country with passion.
We remind you that tips from guides and drivers are not included as they are not billed.
vaccinationsNo vaccinations are mandatory in Ecuador, but we do advise you to be up-to-date on the "typical" vaccines of the traveller such as DT Polio, Hepatitis A and B. The yellow fever vaccine and malaria treatment are highly recommended for any stay in the Amazon.
ElectricityStandard American plug (2 flat plugs, 110 V, 60 Hz). Provide a universal or US-specific adapter.
Cars rentThe minimum age required according to the rental companies is often 25 years. You will be required to present an identity document and your country's driver's licence at the time of booking and at each police checkpoint. Road conditions in Ecuador are generally good, but the indications are not always present. We recommend that you exercise extreme caution and consult the insurance coverage limits. Driving in Quito during rush hour can be difficult, so we advise you to avoid working hours and rainy days (yes Ecuadorians generally don't like the rain).
Ecuador is a fairly safe country. It does not present any particular danger to travellers who take a minimum of precautions and use common sense.
We recommend in particular:
- Prohibit external signs of wealth,
- to travel "compact",
- Do not leave your bags and cameras unattended,
- to use the safes in hotels when they are available,
- take with you a photocopy of your documents (passport, driving licence,...)