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  • Background info
  • Culture Ecuador
    In Ecuador, it is customary to start a conversation by saying hello, and to ask how the other person is. ‘Buenos días, Como está?’ is a common expression. When saying goodbye after meeting someone, even ...
  • Food and drinks Ecuador
    Food: We recommend you eat in busy restaurants or cafes. People do not go there without a reason and the turnaround of the food is higher. Wash your hands well before dinner. Breakfast (Spanish: desayuno): The ...
  • Landscape Ecuador
    Ecuador (Spanish for Equator) offers a wide variety of landscapes and cultures. The largest part of the country is low-lying Amazonian rainforest. The Ecuadorian jungle (called ‘Selva’) is perennially hot and humid. Home to a ...
  • Population Ecuador
    Ecuador has over 13 million inhabitants and the country’s population density per square kilometre is the highest in South America. The indigenas (Indians) make up 25% of the population, while 65% is Mestizo (mixed Indian/Spanish ...
  • Religion Ecuador
    Most people are Roman Catholic and this becomes clear from the multitude of magnificent churches and cathedrals that dot the country. The Indians often mix the Catholic creed with their own traditional beliefs. ...
  • Tipping Ecuador
    Restaurant and hotel employees are not well paid. You may not have a ready solution for the country’s poverty, but the least you can do is to tip those working for you. The guideline is ...
  • Weather and climate Ecuador
    Climate: Equador is on the Equator and the lower parts of the country have a tropical climate. In the Andes, the higher you get the cooler it gets. Here, there are hardly any changes in ...
  • Practical info
  • Arrival information Ecuador
    On your first day in Quito make sure you take it easy. Take time to acclimatise. The change of climate and time zone can have quite an impact. However, it will mainly be the altitude ...
  • Electricity Ecuador
    Electricity is the same as in the United States: 110-125 volt, 60 hertz, with matching (plug) sockets - so coming from Europe, you will need an adaptor. ...
  • Health Ecuador
    The following health information is a general text that applies to all our travellers in South America. Those who pay some attention to hygiene and skincare don’t usually run into health problems. Food and drink: Temperatures ...
  • Information for people at home Ecuador
    Ensure that those at home know in which country you are and how long you are planning to stay away. You may fix a date when you will contact them again. Making telephone calls from ...
  • Luggage and clothing Ecuador
    During one day traveling in Ecuador, all seasons can occur. Reflect all climates and all types of weather in the clothing you take. Ecuador may be on the Equator, but in the Andes the height ...
  • Money Ecuador
    The amount of pocket money suggested is the minimum required to pay for your meals, drinks, optional excursions, entrance fees, airport taxes and tips. The amount you actually need clearly depends on your own spending ...
  • Photographs Ecuador
    Good quality film rolls are widely available but expensive. Please pay attention to the date of packaging and only buy from stores where the rolls are kept in a cool place. It is best to ...
  • Safety Ecuador
    In cities, pickpockets sometimes operate. It is easy to keep them at bay: make sure to carry your bank notes and valuable documents underneath your clothing, in a way that isn’t visible. Keep a little ...
  • Time differences Ecuador
    Ecuador is GMT -5 on the mainland; GMT -6 in the Galapagos Islands, and in summertime it’s an extra hour behind. ...