Ecuador Travel Tips
GMT-6 in mainland Ecuador. GMT-5 in the Galapagos Islands. Daylight savings time is not observed.
The official language of Ecuador is Spanish.
The currency is the US Dollar.
It is our recommendation that the quality of service should determine the extent of any gratuity. For example if the service received has been excellent, a suggestion of USD$5- 10 per person for the guide for a full day tour. Please understand that this is a suggestion only: tipping and gratuities are a very personal matter.
For full details on climate, please see Best Time to Go.
No immunisations are required for your trip to Ecuador, however, for travel to the rainforest prevention against malaria and yellow fever may be considered.
Do not drink tap water. Avoid ice in your beverages while travelling in Ecuador. However, you can use ice on board the yachts in Galapagos. Always drink bottled water and soft drinks
Try to avoid eating raw vegetables and salads or any raw foods while traveling in the continent
If you wear prescription glasses, it is advisable to bring an extra pair
Always use sunscreen lotion even in cloudy days
For up to date information on latest health and vaccination recommendations, please contact your doctor.
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Arrival and Departure Formalities
According to Ecuadorian Immigration regulations, every foreign passenger entering the country must have a passport with a time validity of at least 6 months from the day of arrival.
No visa is necessary for US citizens or citizens of most other countries. There are exceptions for some Asian, Central American and European countries. Please check your individual situation.
Upon arrival you will go through customs and immigration. Ensure your entrance papers are officially stamped showing the number of days allowed for your stay in the country. Keep them in a safe place, as you will need them to leave the country. If they are lost you must advise our office immediately. At least 72 hours notice prior to your departure from the country is needed to process the necessary replacement paperwork.
According to Ecuadorian laws, any person that enters the country temporarily is exempt from the payment of any customs duty. This means that you should not pay any taxes or duties for your luggage, new or used articles that you will use during your trip, and portable items such as photo cameras, video cameras, laptops, radios and CD players.
We recommend eating lightly the first day (if arrival city is Quito). Due to altitude you might suffer some digestive problems, as well as light dizziness.