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A land of contrasts you will never forget, Ecuador is divided by nature, yet solidly held together by a common cultural heritage. It is a four-in-one deal offering an awesome wealth of cultural and natural diversity; trek through the Andes, swim along a tropical coast, and explore the mysteries of the jungle and the Galapagos Islands, all in one trip!

Entry requirements: Ecuador requires a valid passport. The traveler must also hold proof of return or onward journey.

Health: No vaccinations are required for entry but we recommend to check with your physician before departure. Additionally, because of the high altitudes in parts of Ecuador, travelers with heart conditions or high blood pressure should also consult with their doctors.

Departure tax: There is a 25 US Dollars departure tax on international flights.

Local time: Eastern standard on GMT-5. In the Galápagos Islands it is GMT-6.

Money: The national monetary denomination is the Sucre. There are US dollars bills and also 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents of sucre and us dollars coins.

Banking hours: Monday through Friday. 09H00 to 18H00.

Electricity: 110 volts. 60 cycles (Hertz) AC.

Language: Spanish is the official language; Quechua is spoken by a large percentage of the native people. English, French and German are spoken in hotels, tourist shops and in major visitor centers.

Population: Approximately 12.5 million inhabitants. There are more than ten Indian nationalities, each one with its distinctive language and customs, making Ecuador a fascinating multicultural land.

Climate: The weather is stable most of the year, although somewhat colder in the winter months from December to April. The weather in the mountains varies from east to west. The eastern mountains, especially Antisana, El Altar and Sangay, and to lesser extent Cayambe and Tungurahua are influenced by air from the Amazonian lowlands. The wettest months are June through August. December and January are the best for El Altar. February for climbing Antisana and October-January for Cayambe. In the western mountains, the dry season is late June-September, with a short dry spell in December-January. The wettest months here are February-May. During the dry season temperatures tend to be very low at night and high winds can be a problem, particularly in August. The weather in October and November tends to be variable. In the Galapagos Islands, in general, December-June are the warmest mounths, also the most lush and green at this time. July-November is the coolest time. In the Amazon region the climate is humid and warm with frequent rains (rainforest).

General Information about Ecuador

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Brief information
Passport/Visa information
Embassies | Consulates
Medical Services
Map of Ecuador
Map of Ecuadorian Coast
Map of Ecuadorian Highlands
Map of Ecuadorian Jungle
Map of the Galapagos Islands
Map of South America


TOUR OPERATORS

Ecuador Tour Operators:
  Birdwatching | Climbing
  Cloudforest | Cultural
  Day Tours | Expeditions
  Hiking | Horse backriding
  Mountain Biking | River Rafting
  Rainforest
Travel Agencies
Jungle Lodges


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INFORMATION CENTER

General information |An introduction to Ecuador
Costa | Highlands | Jungle
Galapagos Islands , descriptions
A Brief history of Ecuador
A Complete history of Ecuador
Presidents of Ecuador | Constitution of Ecuador
National Anthem | List of the mountains in Ecuador
National parks | National Reserves
Driving Distances
PHOTO GALLERY OF ECUADOR
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Brief information
Passport/Visa information
Embassies | Consulates
Medical Services
Map of Ecuador
Map of Ecuadorian Coast
Map of Ecuadorian Highlands
Map of Ecuadorian Jungle
Map of the Galapagos Islands
Map of South America
THINGS TO DO

Activities | Andes Hikes
Climbing | Cultural Trips
Day Tours | Diving
Ecuador Travel | Ecuador Tours
Gay Tours | Galapagos
Horse backriding | Indean Markets
Jungle | Mountain Biking
River Rafting | Road trips
Springs | Trekking
Travelling to the Galapagos
LOCAL INFORMATION

Ecuador Tour Operators:
  Birdwatching | Climbing
  Cloudforest | Cultural
  Day Tours | Expeditions
  Hiking | Horse backriding
  Mountain Biking | River Rafting
  Rainforest
Hotels, Hostals in Ecuador:
  Hotels: Quito, Cuenca, Costa, Galapagos
  Hosterias & Haciendas:
    Hosterias | Haciendas
Jungle Lodges
Language, Spanish Schools
Travel Agencies
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