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Travel Guide

 

ECUADOR TRAVEL GUIDE

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

 

  • DOCUMENTATION

Documentation pouch, passport (minimum validity of six months), air line ticket and inssurance policy photocopies; Itinerary and emergency contact numbers, traveller’s cheks, credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) and cash.

 

  • GENERAL EQUIPMENT

Camera, watertight camera, small travel alarm clock, sunglasses, water bottle, binoculars, diary, pencil, ziplock bags.

 

  • MEDICINES

Personal medications and antibiotics (please advice your travel agency if you have any important health problems or allergies), sea-sickness tablets, the strongest green friendly insect repellent that you can find, biodegradable shampoo and soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, water-resistant sunblock, lip balm.

 

  • CLOTHING

Please contact us for this information, the clothes that we recommend you to bring depend on the Ecuadorian regions that you will visit.

 

  • LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE

In Galapagos and the rainforest flights is allowed to bring one piece of luggage of 20 kilos plus one small  carry on bag of 8 kilos.  Any additional pieces can be stored at your hotel. The Ecuadorian airlines charge approximately US $2.00 for each extra kilo subject to space and weight availability. 

 

  • CURRENCY AND PAYMENTS

The unit of currency in Ecuador is the US Dollar. Credit cards are accepted, especially Visa and Mastercard, but there is often a service charge added onto the bill.

 

Please check if all meals are included in your itinerary, additional soft drinks or alcoholic beverages must be paid for at the end of your tour.

 

What to tip is obviously determined by the quality of service that you have received. We suggest a tipping between USD $7.00 to $15.00 per person per day for the guides and USD $100 to be split between the crew or staff members. Take note that these are only suggestions, the amount that each person decides to tip is a totally personal decision.

 

TELEPHONE SERVICE

  • In Galapagos there are standard phone and cellular phone communication services available in Puerto Ayora. Once you have arrived on the Ecuadorian mainland, we recommend that you use calling cards.
  • In Quito there are many Internet “Cyber-cafes” with e-mail and net-phone services; and in Puerto Ayora there are at least 3 Internet cafes.

 

ELECTRICITY

  • American Household electricity of 110V AC (60 cycles). Please note that Europe uses a 50 cycle system, therefore if you are European, we recommend that you bring power-plug adapters that go from “round-to-flat”.

 

VACCINATION

  • Please check with your doctor before traveling to Ecuador about currently recommended vaccinations. Although any vaccination is requiered to enter to Ecuador. In case that you travel to the Rain Forest we recommend you to get get the yellow fever and malaria vaccinations, please try to get them unless one week before your trip. 

 

PREVIOUS PREPARATION

  • It is a good idea to prepare your self physically before your trip. We suggest that you walk or trek with your personal gear before coming so that you are sure that it fits well and is comfortable.
  • Why not do some reading about Ecuador, there are many excellent books and videos available. Please contact us if you would like us to send you a list of recommended reading.