Traveling in Ecuador around its four diverse regions is an unforgettable experience full of nature.
Ecuador has it all from the Galapagos Islands to the Pacific Coast beaches, the Andes Mountains and Amazon Rain Forest.
Ecuador is world famous for its rich biodiversity. The best way of experiencing the amazing fauna and flora of the country is of course to observe it firsthand in the wild.
This country has many public and private natural reserves where you can easily explore them.
Ecuador is the second-smallest country in South America, but its range of offerings is no less than astounding.
In one day's drive you can journey from the Amazon Rain Forest across snow-covered Andean volcanoes, down through tropical cloud forest and into the sunset for a dinner on the balmy Pacific coast.
Next day you'll pick through hand-woven wool sweaters at a chilly indigenous market in Otavalo.
Then in a very short time you'll be exploring the stunning Amazon jungles of Ecuador with Indian guides.
In March 2000, Ecuador's official currency changed from the Sucre to the U.S. Dollar. All bills are true US currency.
Electric appliances operate on an alternating current, the same as the United States - 110 volts, 60 cycles (Hertz) AC.
European visitors will need to bring an adapter.
Eastern Standard on GMT-5 The Galapagos Islands are one hour earlier than mainland Ecuador.
Ecuador requires a valid passport from all travelers. At this time no vaccinations are required.
Citizens from all nations can stay in Ecuador for up to 180 days per year. Immigration officials will stamp either 60 or 90 days in your passport when you enter.
Also, if you want to stay longer than 90 days you will have to get an extension or obtain a visa.
Walk confidently with your head up and be aware of what is happening around you.
Keep all important documents in a secure place, such as an inner pocket or a pouch that is hidden under a layer of clothing.
Carry travelers checks and credit cards instead of large sums of cash.
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For nature lovers traveling in Ecuador is a dream come true, with exotic orchids and birds, bizarre jungle plants, strange insects, Andean grasslands, dripping tropical forests and the fearless animals that hop, wobble and swim around the unforgettable Galapagos Islands.
Ecuador's indigenous heritage of traditional costumes and highland markets will enchant you.
And there is also the Town of Banos with its enticing mix of natural beauty, adventure sports (canoing, tubbing, gondola rides, mountain biking, incredible hikes, etc) and jumping nightlife.
The beauty of traveling in Ecuador is that you can change your surroundings as quickly as you change your mind.
Explore the Amazon rain forest in a canoe, experience diverse cultural celebrations, including colorful Indigenous and vibrant Afro-Ecuadorian festivals.
Take a hike to the top of the Cotopaxi volcano the world's highest active volcano in the world.
Visit the town of Town of Mindo and go birdwatching or hiking in pristine cloud forests.
Scuba dive with sea lions and exotic fish in the waters of the world renowned Galapagos Islands.
Visit Indian communities that have remained unchanged for a thousand years, search for Inca ruins and more.
Ecuador's stunning natural beauty, diverse population, and fascinating history make it an incredible travel destination.
Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)
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