Ecuador
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Ecuador Information

COUNTRY INFORMATION

TERRITORY…

The total area of Ecuador is 283.561Km2 It is situated on the northwest part of South America. Ecuador has four major regions: the Coast, the Highlands, the Jungle and the Galapagos Islands. Quito is the capital of Ecuador and its 2.850m. above sea level. Guayaquil is the main harbour and Cuenca is the cultural city, all being among the most important cities.

THE PEOPLE…

Ecuador has approximately 15’960.887 habitants, most of them come from a mix of races (indigenous and Europeans). In addition many others are descendants of Europeans, Africans and natives.

THE LANGUAGE…

The two official languages are Spanish and Quechua (native language). In most touristic places, people who speak English can be found.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING…

In Quito, Cuenca and other highland cities, the weather is mild, with temperatures between 46 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (8 and 23 degrees Celsius). It is recommended to use light clothing during the day, and sweaters or jackets during the night. The Coast, including the Galapagos Islands, has warm weather. The average temperature is around 87 degrees Fahrenheit or 28 – 30 degrees Celsius. We recommend using light clothing (cotton), comfortable and resistant shoes and a sweater or jacket for some cold nights. It is also recommended to bring sunglasses, a hat, bug repellent and sun block. The Jungle has a very tropical climate. The temperature is around 82 degrees Fahrenheit or 28 degrees Celsius. The use of soft clothes, long pants, shirts, comfortable and resistant shoes or boots (for walks throughout the jungle), hat and sunglasses (are required), repellent and sun protector.

ELECTRICITY…

110 volts / 60 AC.

ENTRY AND DRIVING REQUIREMENTS…

To be able to get into the country a valid passport is required. Additionally, a tourist card (which is provided upon entry to the country), which allows the visitor to stay freely for 90 days in Ecuador, must be filled out upon arrival and is at no cost to the passenger. To drive a vehicle, the visitor’s valid driver licence is accepted for a month. A valid passport is also required and must be carried all the time while operating a vehicle. Minimum driving age is 23 years old

AIRPORT TAXES…

Taxes are included in all airline tickets (international departure)

NATIONAL PARK TICKETS…

Galápagos: US$. 50,00 ( Andean Pact & Mercosur) US$ 100,00 (Other nationalities) Amazon Jungle: US$ 20,00 Other national Parks: US$ 10,00 and USD$ 20,00

CURRENCY…

The currency used in Ecuador is the American Dollar. Major credit cards are accepted.

HEALTH…

We recommend drinking bottled water only. They are available everywhere 

LOCAL TIME…

Continental Ecuador UTC/GMT – 5 h At the Galapagos Islands UTC/GMT – 6 h

BANK AND OFFICES OPERATING HOURS…

Monday thru Friday 09H00 to 16h00

MALLS OPERATING HOURS…

Monday thru Saturday 09h00 to 21h00 Sunday de 10h00 to 20h00