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Ecuador Travel Guide

As one of the few countries on Earth where the two hemispheres meet, Ecuador is a country of curiosities. It’s home to Chimborazo which boasts a summit that is the farthest point you can get from Earth's inner core. Then, there’s Quito, the highest capital in the world and the infamous islands that inspired the Theory of Evolution. Safe to say, there's plenty waiting to astound you in Ecuador.

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    June to September

    Ecuador’s peak season is mostly dictated by the vacation months of tourists, rather than its weather. This is why the country’s busiest months are from June to September when US and European travellers are on their summer vacation, as well as from late December to early January. Prices soar during this time, and the chance of securing hotel rooms and cruise ship cabins last minute is slim. While June to September is the driest months, the weather is often cold, the sky is overcast and the sea, especially in the Galapagos is rough.

  2. Low Season

    January to May

    Ecuador’s rainy season, funny enough, is its warmest and clearest, despite the afternoon showers. It’s also the best time to travel if you’d like to avoid the crowds – though it never really feels crowded even in the high season and you can experience calmer conditions in the Galapagos and score great deals on hotel rooms and tours. Great discounts may be had from February through April as long as you can tolerate the humidity as well as heavy rain in the Oriente region. If you’re planning on trekking the mountains, be warned that the days are wetter and the nights are cooler. Pack warm layers and waterproof clothing. 

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FAQs about Ecuador

  • Do you tip in Ecuador?

    Tipping is customary in Ecuador. Typically, tour guides are tipped $5 per person, per day and drivers $3 per day while bellhops are given $1 per bag. Additionally, cab fares are rounded up and most restaurant bills already have a service charge included so leaving a 3-5% tip is at your discretion. 
  • What is the internet access like?

    WiFi is available in most cities and towns across the countries, even in guesthouses, large shopping malls, restaurant chains and airports.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    Tap water isn’t safe to drink in Ecuador. Only drink bottled or boiled water.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Yes, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and even Diner's Club are widely accepted throughout Ecuador. 
  • What are the public holidays?

    Official holidays in Ecuador include Simón Bolívar Day on July 24, Independence Day on August 10, Guayaquil Independence Day on October 9, and Cuenca Independence Day on November 3. The country also celebrates Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and Carnaval as an unofficial holiday. 
  • What are the toilets like?

    Sit down toilets are available all over the country. You must remember, however, that plumbing isn’t the best and flushing toilet paper is a huge no unless you’re in a luxury hotel with better facilities. To avoid clogged toilets, get in the habit of disposing of used toilet paper in provided bins.
  • Is it safe to travel Ecuador solo?

    Ecuador is generally safe for solo travellers, both men and women. However, it’s very important to exercise due caution as mugging and assault can happen at night. Travelling in a group or with a companion is safest.
  • How do you get around in Ecuador?

    Getting around in Ecuador isn’t always the easiest. However, you can get around Quito by taking taxis and buses, of which there are three lines: Ecovia, Trole and Metrovia. There are also buses that can take you in-between cities and towns if flying isn’t an option.
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