ULTIMATE ECUADOR TRAVEL GUIDE

Ecuador is a country located in South America. Quito is the capital and it is a country known for its natural wonders, culture and architecture. Our Ecuador travel guide is here to help you see the best it offers.

The country is typically split into two main sectors, the mainland and the Galapagos Islands. However, you'll learn quickly that the mainland is comprised of distinct regions that vary wildly from each other.

On the mainland you'll find the colonial cities spread across the country. The regions comprise of the highlands, Amazonia and the coast.

In the Galapagos Islands, there are two main islands where you can fly in and out of. Most people join cruises around the islands, which is the best way to see them, but it is also possible to stay on the two islands with airports too.

TRAVEL TO ECUADOR: QUICK TIPS

Ecuador
  • Do you need a visa? US Citizens get a free 90day Visa on Arrival

  • Currency: United States Dollar (USD)

  • Climate: Tropical & humid across the entire country with the exception of when at elevation, where weather is more temperate

  • Primary Religion: Catholic

  • Local Languages: Spanish

  • Etiquette Tips: Dress modestly, do not flash valuable or wear expensive jewelry, ask before photographing people, do not give money to begging children

  • WIFI: Available in most, if not all, accommodation throughout the country. Many restaurants and tourist offices offer free WIFI too.

  • SIM Cards: If you have an unlocked phone, it is possible to pick up a local SIM card at any Ecuador airport on arrival. This will enable you to have data like you would at home. Another alternative is a universal SIM card that works in multiple countries.

  • Travel Insurance: With all travel, we highly recommend you take out a travel insurance policy when you book your trip. This will cover your trip in case of any unforeseen events happen.

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WHERE TO STAY IN ECUADOR

Below you will find some of the places we have stayed during our travels in Ecuador. These are individual properties that we enjoyed and would recommend to other travelers.

TOP ECUADOR TOURS

Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador

Highlands of Ecuador

8 Days from Quito

Visits: Otavalo, Cotopaxi, Alausi & Cuenca

Napo Wildlife Center - Yasuni National Park - Divergent Travelers

Amazon, Hot Springs & Volcanoes

9 Days from Quito

Visits: Otavalo, Papallacta, Tena, Banos & Cotopaxi

Galapagos Islands Animals - Lina Stock

Ecuador Mainland & Galapagos

14 Days from Quito

Visits: Papallacta, Tena, Banos & Galapagos Islands

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ECUADOR TRAVEL: BOOKING RESOURCES

  • Skyscanner - A fantastic flight search engine that searches a lot of different airlines, including many of the budget carriers that larger sites miss. Every single flight search we do starts here.

  • Airbnb - A great accommodation alternative for renting out apartments, condos, townhouses and rooms while traveling. (If you’re new to Airbnb, get $35 off your first stay!)

  • Hotel Seach Engine – Our custom-built hotel search engine allows you to search hotels all over the world and compare prices before booking. It pulls the best prices from all the major online travel agents, such as Expedia, Priceline, Booking, etc. to one place.

  • Discover Car Hire - Allows you to search car rentals across multiple rental agencies worldwide. 

  • Viator - The best trips are made up of multiple smaller tours to really dig in and get to know the places you are visiting. Our preferred place to book day tours, day trips and shorter multi-day tours is Viator. 

  • G Adventures – If you want to do a group tour around Ecuador, go with G Adventures. They offer great small group tours that use local operators and leave a small environmental footprint. If you go on a tour with anyone, go with them. 

  • World Nomads – We don't travel without insurance and you shouldn't either! 

ECUADOR TRAVEL GUIDE: RELATED ARTICLES

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