Before you go

Are vaccinations required before travelling to Ecuador?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Ecuador are available from the NHS website

Is it safe to travel to Ecuador?

For up to date information around safety and security in Ecuador read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office latest information for Ecuador.

Best time to visit Ecuador?

The dry season from late May and June to November is unpleasantly cool, muggy and overcast. So if you like lying on beaches, then the rainy season from December / January to April / May is surprisingly the best time to visit Ecuador.

Do I need a visa to enter Ecuador?

You can visit Ecuador without a visa, but you may be asked about your reason for travel and to provide evidence of a return or onward flight/bus ticket when you arrive. On arrival in the country, you'll normally be allowed to remain in Ecuador for up to 90 days per year.

What currency do i need in Ecuador?

The official currency of Ecuador is the United States Dollar.

While visiting Ecuador

What wild animals live in Ecuador?

Over 300 species of mammals have been recorded in Ecuador including the rare Andean spectacled bear, monkeys (including spider, howler, woolly, capuchin and squirrel monkeys), marmosets, tamarins, two and three-toed sloths, deer, Andean foxes, llamas, vicuñas, anteaters, armadillos, agoutis, capybaras, peccaries.

What is the traditional food in Ecuador?

Ecuadorian main meals, especially at lunch or almuerzo time, usually consist of meat, poultry or seafood with side dishes of rice and/or potatoes, a small salad, plantains (ripe or green), and some hot sauce on the side.

What Languages are spoken in Ecuador?

Ecuador's official language is Spanish, but Quichua, an Inca language, is spokenby the Indian population. Besides Spanish, ten native languages are spoken in Ecuador. English is the most spoken foreign language amongst tourist providers and professionals.

How much do you tip in Ecuador?

The currency in Ecuador is the United States Dollar. For a group tour a gratuity of about $5 per person per day and about $2-$3 for the driver is appropriate. If you hire a private guide, tip about $10 per day.

Where can I find a local travel expert for Ecuador?

Local Ecuador travel experts are available.

Useful Numbers

Emergency Ecuador Numbers?

  • Police: 101
  • Ambulance: 131
  • Fire: 102
  • Embassy: +593 2-397-2200

    Time Difference

    What is the time difference in Ecuador?

    The time difference is -5 hours

    Travel Apps

    What is the best travel app for Ecuador?

    Ecuador Guidebook

    Best Ecuador guidebook?

    Stay informed before during and after your trip to Ecuador with this Ecuador Guidebook .