things to do before coming to Ecuador
Things to do before arriving in Ecuador
Located between Colombia and Peru, Ecuador is a country in Latin America that is often little-known.
It has one of the highest capitals in the world, based at 2’800 meters above sea level Quito overlooks its compatriots.
The country itself has a very varied fields due to its high concentration of volcanoes. Speaking of volcanoes, Ecuador has the highest one in the world, the Chimborazo reaching an altitude of 6,263 meters.
It is a country divided into three distinct regions: the Pacific Coast, the Andean Cordillera and the Ecuadorian Amazon. Added to this are the Galapagos, a unique wildlife reservoir in the world.
- The rainy season: from December to May, the climate is hot and humid.
- The dry season: from June to November, the climate is dry with cooler temperatures.
Entry Visa: You must have a valid passport with an expiry date of 6 months after your return date. Usually you do not need a Visa if you want to make a tourist stay of less than 3 months and according to the country you come from. These conditions may change. Please check with the Ecuadorian Consulate in your country before departure to confirm this.
No vaccinations are mandatory in Ecuador, but we do advise you to be up-to-date on the “typical” vaccines of the traveller such as DT Polio, Hepatitis A and B. The yellow fever vaccine and malaria treatment are highly recommended for any stay in the Amazon.
Standard American plug (2 flat plugs, 110 V, 60 Hz). Provide a universal or US-specific adapter.
The minimum age required according to the rental companies is often 25 years. You will be required to present an identity document and your country’s driver’s licence at the time of booking and at each police checkpoint. Road conditions in Ecuador are generally good, but the indications are not always present. We recommend that you exercise extreme caution and consult the insurance coverage limits. Driving in Quito during rush hour can be difficult, so we advise you to avoid working hours and rainy days (yes Ecuadorians generally don’t like the rain).
- Prohibit external signs of wealth,
- to travel “compact”,
- Do not leave your bags and cameras unattended,
- to use the safes in hotels when they are available,
- take with you a photocopy of your documents (passport, driving licence,…)