Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.
U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.
Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel. Airlines and cruises may deny boarding and your tour may be disrupted if your visa is not in order.
For U.S. citizens booked on a tour or package with Scheduled Dates, we will send you complete visa instructions and application forms after you book.
If you hold a passport from another country, or are not booked on a tour with Scheduled Dates, you are responsible for obtaining your own visa and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.
Ecuador's climate is very varied. There is no perfect time to go see it all.
Coast: January to April is the rainy
season with the warmest water currents, making it the most popular
time to visit for surfers or snorkelers.
Highlands: June-September is the dry season and most popular time to visit.
Oriente: June-September are the wettest months. Lightweight clothing recommended.
Sierras: October-April is the rainy season. Sweaters and jackets are recommended at any time.
Quito is always moderate and the Amazon is always humid. Layers and a waterproof/ breathable jacket are recommended if you will be hiking in the mountains.
Check out the current weather conditions in Ecuador.
There are no official vaccination requirements for entry into Ecuador, however, inoculations against yellow fever, cholera, typhoid, polio, tetanus, and hepatitis and malaria suppressants (for the Galapagos islands) might be recommended. Consult your physician.
In Ecuador, the currency is the U.S. Dollar.
Tipping: tip 10% of the bill unless a service fee is included, additional small amounts are appreciated. Round up fare for taxi drivers.
Shop in Ecuador for genuine Panama hats, pottery, filigree jewelry, wool sweaters, wood carvings, ponchos, and Amerindian weavings and handcrafts.
120/127 volts. Plugs A & B. No converters or adapters needed. view more information about electrical standards around the world.
See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.