1. When is the best time to go?
Travelers can visit Ecuador any time of the year. Because Ecuador is located on the Equator, there is little seasonal variability. Ecuadorians will often tell you that you can expect four seasons in one day. Although there is a slightly wetter and slightly drier season, these variations are unpredictable and the months vary depending upon where you are in Ecuador.
Quito and the highlands are comfortable year-round, with temperatures usually in the 60s during the day and occasional light showers. The Amazon regions are hot, humid, and wet year-round with a slightly wetter season from April to June. Even the rains can be a refreshing break from the heat and humidity so any time of year can be a fine choice.
2. Do I need a passport or visa to go to Ecuador?
Ecuador requires a valid passport issued by the traveler’s country of residence. Visa is only required for visitors of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia. The traveler must also hold proof of return, or onward journey. We recommend all passengers check with respective authorities before departure.
3. Are there any language restrictions?
We can guarantee English and Spanish. If you require a guide in a language other than English you should let us know in advance, an extra fee may apply.
4. Is the water safe to drink?
The tap water is generally not safe to drink in Ecuador. Bottled water is readily available at tourist sites, hotels, and restaurants.
5. What are the tipping suggestions?
Tipping is a very personal and optional matter. If you feel you have been given excellent service, you may express your thanks by giving tips, as suggested below.
- Restaurants and coffee shops 10% of the bill
- Hotel / airport portage US$1 p/suitcase
- Guides on mainland Ecuador US$10 per day, p/p
- Driver on mainland Ecuador US$ 8 per day, p/p
6. What kind of clothes should I wear for the highlands?
For Quito and the other highland cities, wear comfortable springtime clothing during the day and a sweater or coat during the evening. For the highlands and moorlands (páramos), warm, winter-like clothing is essential. Dressing in layers is ideal. Afternoons might be rainy; therefore we suggest an umbrella.
7. What kind of clothes should I wear for the Pacific Coast?
Consider that the Ecuadorian beaches are “nature seeking” experiences which include long walks, swimming, and other physical activities. Therefore, we advise you to bring comfortable breathable clothes, sandals or similar, swimsuits, sunscreen, repellent, wide brim hat, sunglasses, binoculars, eye drops. Be advised that evening gowns and accessories are not necessary. At night semiformal, attire is advised.
8. What kind of clothes should I bring to the Amazon Rainforest?
For your Amazon or other rainforest explorations, you may prefer a long-sleeved shirt and long pants for protection against mosquitoes. Insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat and eye-drops must be part of your traveling equipment, especially if you are sun- sensitive. A camera, binoculars and a flashlight are necessary for sightseeing, as well as a waterproof jacket, rubber shoes and swimwear.