Here we will post “frequent questions” about Ecuador, if you don’t find an answer you are looking for please fell free to leave a comment bellow or use the “Contact Page” so we can answer your questions as soon as possible.
¿What is the best time to visit Ecuador?
You can visit at any time of year because of its geographical location presents no major seasonal changes, climate is highly variable and in one day can be sunshine and rain.
The average temperature in the Sierra is 14 ° to 20 ° C with a temperate climate and cold on the coast is 18 ° to 30 ° C with a hot and humid in the East is 23 ° to 26 ° C with a warm, humid and rainy, and in the Galapagos is 16 ° to 30 ° with a tropical climate.
¿What is the Quito altitude ? How can I avoid altitude sickness?
Quito is about 9,200 feet (2,820 meters) above sea level. This high altitude results in colder weather (even on the equator) and more intense UV radiation.
Abrupt changes in elevation sometimes have ill effects on travelers. Altitude sickness usually manifests itself in insomnia, headaches, and/or nausea. To prevent altitude sickness, or to at least stave off some of its effects, ascend gradually (when possible) to provide your body with time to adjust to the change. In the event that you do experience symptoms of altitude sickness, in most cases, they can be remedied by drinking lots of water, getting extra rest, and taking aspirin.
With Quito’s altitude at 9,200 feet, you should be careful to avoid strenuous physical activity the first day of your arrival. We also recommend drinking plenty of water to help avoid symptoms of altitude sickness. Skip alcoholic beverages and rich foods the first night. A headache can be controlled with an aspirin or another pain reliever.
Solar radiation is more intense along the equator than in other latitudes, so wear sun block with a high SPF even on cloudy days.
¿What to wear?
In Quito and highlands: wear spring attire during June, July and August. During the rest of the months, bring warmer clothing like those you would wear during the fall. A raincoat or jacket would be useful at night since it gets pretty chilly.
Guayaquil and other coastal cities: wear summer clothing all year round. During the rainy months, December to May, the weather is still very warm. During the months of June to November the weather is cloudy and a little bit colder. Bring along a light jacket.
Galapagos: wear comfortable walking shoes and casual clothing. Shorts, t-shirts and summer clothing will be just fine. Don’t forget a hat, a camera, sun block, and a bathing suit. During the months of June to November the weather is cloudy and a bit colder. Bring along a light jacket.
Amazon or Jungle: wear clothing adequate for a rain. If you can get yourself a raincoat (poncho), take it with you, as well as several sets of light pants and long sleeve shirts. Shorts are less useful because of the insects and abundant vegetation you will walk through on your excursions. A hat, rubber boots and insect repellents are also a must. If you plan to take pictures, you will need high-speed film.
¿How can I pay my bills?
Ecuador has received the major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Diners, American Express, travelers checks are accepted and U.S. Dollars.
¿Is the water safe to drink?
The tap water is unsafe to drink in Ecuador, however you can easily get bottled water in tourist areas, shops, pharmacies, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels.
¿Do I need a visa or passport to enter Ecuador?
As of June 20, 2008, citizens of any nationality may enter Ecuador without a visa, only carrying his passport and stay for a period of 90 days in the country. Additional documents needed by tourists for their income should consult the Embassies and consulates of each country.
¿Do I need some kind of vaccine to enter the country?
Yellow fever vaccine is required if coming from endemic country and visit the coast, Amazon and Galapagos and are recommended: Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria and Cholera.
¿What taxes are payable in Ecuador?
12% IVA on sales, the purchase price and 10% service charge that hotels and restaurants.
¿What can I do to protect myself and my valuables while traveling in Quito and else where in Ecuador?
Make copies of your important documents, such as your passport, airplane tickets, and credit card numbers. When possible, leave the originals in a safe box at your hotel. Always keep a copy of your passport with you. Keep all important documents and cash that you must carry with you in a secure place, such as an inner pocket or a pouch that is hidden under a layer of clothing.
In general, carry credit and debit cards instead of large sums of cash.
Be wary of people who are too friendly too quickly, or that offer to show you around.
Don’t wear expensive jewelry or wristwatches. They make you a target. Your cameras are also valuable; keep them inside your bag or somewhere out of sight.
Keep an eye on your shoulder-bags and purses. When walking, wear backpacks in front of you instead of on your back. When in restaurants and other public places, keep all bags and other valuables near you and within eyesight.
If you rent a car, park it in parking lots, and don’t leave valuable objects in the car.
Follow the instructions on the security signs in national parks, and stay on the paths when indicated.
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