Ecuador

Ecuador

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Get here before the rest of the world catches on.

It's hard to believe how people who know a great deal about the Galápagos know so little about Ecuador. Then again, you can use that to your advantage. When people think of where to go in South America, Ecuador may not be top of mind. And less of them, means more for you.

You can start at the two historic centers, Quito and Cuenca. There you can bask in the beautifully restored 16th and 17th century mansions, churches, and monasteries. From there you can venture in search of stunning textiles at old Andean villages like Otavalo. Or cruise to that famous island we mentioned before for the experience of a lifetime.

Ecuador may be small, but it's not lacking anything. It's a gorgeous country bathed in natural beauty, splendid history, and enviable culture. From the Malecón at Guayaquil, to a timeless village in the mountains, Ecuador is as surprising as it is satisfying. A world you'll want to discover and keep to yourself.

VIVA Travel knows Ecuador. We know what the others know – the Galápagos. And what they don't – Ayampe and Olón. And we'll be happy to introduce you. But call us soon, before the rest of the world finds out.

Other things to do:

  • Visit Yasuni National Park
  • See the center of the earth
  • Look into the crater of a volcano
  • Visit Carondelet Palace in Quito
  • Explore the city of Baños known as the Gateway to the Amazon
  • The Galápagos, of course
Climate: 

Temperatures range from 50°F (10°C) to 90°F (32°C). Cold weather gear is recommended for the mountains.

Time Zone: 

Universal Time Coordinated, UTC-05:00

Language: 

Spanish

Currency: 

Ecuador Secre (ECS), US Dollar (USD)

Electricity: 

120 volts. (Same as in the US)

Tipping Customs: 

Where a service charge has been included a tip of 3% is customary. For service when a tip is not included the customary tip is 10%. 

Safety: 

Crime is a real concern in Ecuador and has often been directed at tourists. Please leave valuables at home and use extreme caution when visiting Ecuador.

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is readily available throughout the country. Mobile Operators include Claro, CNT, and Movistar.

Smoking: 

Smoking is banned in enclosed public spaces, sporting events and public transportation.

Travel Documentation: 

Passport with at least six months remaining validity. Authorities may require a certificate of yellow fever vaccination when entering or leaving the Amazon Basin, or when continuing travel to other areas of South America

Airport: 

Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), Simón Bolivar International Airport (GYE)

Car Rental: 

Major rental companies are available as well as some local companies.. 

Public Transportation: 

Taxis and buses are available in cities. Intercity travel by bus in daytime is recommended. Only use taxis displaying the “Secure Taxi” seal.