Normally a visa is not required to enter to Ecuador if you are planning to stay less than 90 days; however, you must confirm entry regulations at an Ecuadorian Embassy or Consulate in your country.

It is required that you have a valid passport for at least six months before arriving in Ecuador. Tourists should have their passports with them all the time during their stay in Ecuador to avoid problems with the authorities. A copy is not acceptable.


Vaccinations are not mandatory when entering Ecuador. However, if you are going to the jungle, you will need a yellow fever, tetanus, and malaria vaccination.

It is recommended for you to bring medical prescriptions and the most important medicines for headache, diarrhea, mosquito bites, seasickness, etc. Remember to visit your doctor prior to visit Ecuador.


It is mandatory for all passengers to obtain necessary insurance before arriving in Ecuador. Insurance is not included on any tour. We highly recommend coverage for travelers and property, as well as for trip delay, trip cancellation, interruption, baggage, life insurance, medical accident, sickness, etc.


You have to bring your passport, US Dollars in cash, and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Diners, American Express).

Leave copies of your important documents such as your passports and credit card numbers with someone who can fax them to you if they are stolen or lost.

Consider that in Ecuador the electrical current supply is 110 volts, so may be you will need an adapter or converter if you have special plugs or 220 volts appliances.

Because of its particular location, different altitudes, Andes mountain range and the impact of sea currents, Ecuador has a wide range of climates. In general, you have to bring clothes for warm and cool weather; comfortable hiking boots or sportive shoes (will be better if are water-proof); sandals; rubber boots; raincoat; backpack; hat, swimsuit, sunglasses, waterproof sunscreen, and insect repellent; towels; personal hygiene products. A camera or video camera is a must.


Coast Region.
The climate usually is very warm with temperatures averaging 73oF (23oC) to 91oF (33oC).

Andean Region.
The climate varies depending on the altitude and time of the year. Temperatures range between 55oF (13oC) and 64oF (18oC).

Amazon Region.
This region has a warm, humid and rainy climate. The average temperature varies from 73oF (23oC) to 96oF (36oC).

Galapagos Islands.
The climate is generally warm and dry. Temperatures range between 72oF (22oC) and 90oF (32oC).


The time zone is -5 GMT in mainland Ecuador (Eastern Standard Time) and -6 GMT on the Galapagos Islands.


In Quito the departure tax is US$39.60 and in Guayaquil is US$25.

When travelling to Galapagos Islands, you must pay in cash US$120 for the park entrance fee and the visa control form.


Children can travel to Ecuador and will enjoy the nature and the picturesque landscapes.

However, you have to consider that the climate and the long distances can be a problem for children.

And in Galapagos, children under the age of 7 are not allowed on board. Some boats allow children under 7 but they make it clear that the parents have full responsibility to accompany and to look after them and have to sign a waiver. The strict regulations on the Islands are not adequate for them.


The tax is 14% VAT and the service tax is 10% in most hotels and restaurants.

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