ECUADOR GENERAL INFORMATION
As one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world, Ecuador is a playground for adventure traveling. Nowhere else in the world can you climb a glacier-peaked mountain one day, hike through a cloud forest the next and end up at any number of white water rivers in the Amazon Basin. In addition there are the beautiful pristine coasts on the Pacific Ocean and the incredible Galapagos Islands. Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Ecuador’s capital. It’s considered the cultural capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire.
Because Ecuador is such a magical country Rebecca decided to stay and start her own travel agency. All tours that you find via Rebecca Adventure Travel are selected by her for the high quality and guarantee you an authentic travel experience. Please visit the “about us” section for more info.
HOLIDAYS IN ECUADOR
New years: 1st of January
Battle of Pichincha: 24th of May
Simon Bolivar Day: 24th of July
Foundation of Guayaquil: 25th of July
Independence day Quito: 10th of August
Independence day Guayaquil: 9th of October
Day of the deaths: 2nd of November
Independence day Cuenca: 3th of November
Foundation of Quito: 6th of December
Christmas: 25th and 26th of December
Carnaval, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost are also celebrated but the dates are different each year. Almost all public facilities are closed on these dates.
The main language in Ecuador is Spanish, but there are areas where they still speak their ancient language Quechua. In the main tourist areas they also speak English.
The local currency in Ecuador is the US Dollar. You can use your credit card in the main touristic areas and in the big hotels. In the ATM your European or American cards usually work but there is a maximum of 500 USD that you can take each day. We advise you to bring dollars in cash. In Ecuador you only get 5, 10 or 20 USD bills out of the ATM. Also change is a big problem. So please be careful when bringer 50, 100 and 200 USD bills.
PASSPORT & VISA ECUADOR
You need a passport with a validation of 6 months upon return in Europe. You can stay without a visa 90 days per 12 months in Ecuador.
Since 1st of February it is obligatory that all travelers who come to Ecuador have their own travel insurance. We as tour operator don’t take any responsibility in case of sickness or accidents.
It is obligated to have a yellow fever vaccin when you go into the Amazon. It is also highly recommended to take malaria pills when you go into the Amazon.
HOTELS IN ECUADOR
Check in: In general from 3 PM
Check out: In general before 11 AM
The Ecuadorian kitchen is famous for its delicious soups. Every lunch (almuerzo) consists of a soup, main dish with rice and a fresh juice. In the highlands you will find a lot of dishes with chicken, corn and potatoes. At the coast you will find more seafood. There is a spicy sauce that is served with every meal. It is called ‘Aji’ and is made of tree tomato, cilantro, onion and chili pepper. If you are interested in the local dished, please go to this link to find some recipes.
FLYING TO THE GALAPAGOS
If you are booking a flight to the Galapagos please be very careful that you book flights for tourist and not for residents. There are usually cheap flights available for residents/ Ecuadorians but when you book these and then arrive at the airport it is possible that you should pay a fine. Furthermore if you are flying to the Galapagos please take into account the extra procedures.
You should be at the airport in Quito 3 hours before your flight. When you arrive at the Quito airport, you will need to purchase your INGALA card ($20, CASH only) and go through luggage inspection (SIGAL) prior to flight check in. Once these steps are completed, please proceed to the ticket counter of your airline with your original passport and ticket for flight check-in.
Upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands, you will pay your park entrance fee ($ 100, CASH ONLY), and will meet your tour group outside the airport.
WEATHER IN ECUADOR
There are two seasons in Ecuador, rainy and dry. The temperature ranges between regions and its altitude. You can travel to Ecuador year round but the weather changes in the different regions:
Jungle: In the Amazon region, there is rain during the whole year. Two relatively drier periods can be distinguished in the months January and February and August and September. The western part of the Amazon region is more rainy than the eastern part. The temperatures vary mostly between 23 and 27°C.
Andes: The Ecuadorian Andes is a mountain range between 1.500 meters and 6.310 meters high. Most of the cities in the Andes are located at an altitude between 2.000 and 3.000 meters. The temperature in the cities varies mostly between 15 and 20°C. The drier season in the Andes is in the months June, July, August and September.
Pacific coast: The northwest coast of Ecuador has a wet tropical seasonal climate. The wet season is from December through May. Along the Ecuadorian coast, rainfall drops from north to south. To the south, the climate becomes increasingly drier. There is a rainy season in the first months of the year and an almost dry season from May to December. The temperatures vary from 25°C to 31°C.
Galápagos Islands: The climate of the Galápagos Islands is subtropical. There is a warm season from December through May and a cool season from June through November. The warm season is characterized by a mixture of warmth, rain and sun. In the cooler season is a mixture of cloudy, cool and dry weather. This variation is caused by the ocean currents. The temperatures vary from 21°C in August and September to 28°C in March and April.