Traveling in Ecuador

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.

Traveling in Ecuador Tips

New Currency

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.

Local Time

Eastern Standard on GMT-5 The Galapagos Islands are one hour earlier than mainland Ecuador.

Entry Requirements

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.

Security Issues

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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Ecuador Has It All

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.

As for colonial architecture, few cities top the beauty of Cuenca and Quito both of which were declared Unesco World Heritage Sites.

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.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides). Click to order from Amazon

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading!

There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.


Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands. Click to order from Amazon

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers.

Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!


Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in.

Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!


Moon Spotlight Galapagos. Click to order from Amazon

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier.

But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you.

Small, well-priced, and reliable!


Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table.

This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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