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TRAVELLING TO Ecuador

Ecuador is rich in natural beauty and boasts several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the city of Quito, the Galapagos Islands, the historic centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca and Sangay National Park.

From mangrove coastlines to sweeping beaches lining the Pacific coast to cloud forest and to some of the highest peaks in the South American Andes, Ecuador travel will captivate you with diverse scenery and a fascinating and colourful culture. Travel Ecuador to discover Quito, the urban jewel of the mainland with its wonderful colonial architecture and its stunning setting amidst the Andean Mountains. Beyond Quito, the Ecuadorian landscape unfolds to reveal Quichua-speaking villages in the shadow of snow-capped volcanoes, the communities retaining many of their traditional customs. Ecuador travel can also take you to the eastern part of the country to the Amazon rainforest area, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet and where shamans in remote settlements still rely on traditional medicines. 

Despite its small size, Ecuador overflows with highlights that range from historic colonial centres to Andean villages renowned for their lively markets and colourful textiles, to awe-inspiring scenery and an array of fascinating wildlife. Take an Ecuador tour to discover the wonders for yourself.

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Ecuador is rich in natural beauty and boasts several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the city of Quito, the Galapagos Islands, the historic centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca and Sangay National Park.

From mangrove coastlines to sweeping beaches lining the Pacific coast to cloud forest and to some of the highest peaks in the South American Andes, Ecuador travel will captivate you with diverse scenery and a fascinating and colourful culture. Travel Ecuador to discover Quito, the urban jewel of the mainland with its wonderful colonial architecture and its stunning setting amidst the Andean Mountains. Beyond Quito, the Ecuadorian landscape unfolds to reveal Quichua-speaking villages in the shadow of snow-capped volcanoes, the communities retaining many of their traditional customs. Ecuador travel can also take you to the eastern part of the country to the Amazon rainforest area, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet and where shamans in remote settlements still rely on traditional medicines. 

Despite its small size, Ecuador overflows with highlights that range from historic colonial centres to Andean villages renowned for their lively markets and colourful textiles, to awe-inspiring scenery and an array of fascinating wildlife. Take an Ecuador tour to discover the wonders for yourself.

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WHY TRAVEL WITH CHIMU ADVENTURES

  • We offer you flexible travel options in Latin America at an affordable price.

  • You can choose from over 400 suggested itineraries or pick and choose elements to build your own unique experience; cover the areas you want to explore at a pace to suit you.

  • We know each Latin American country by heart and will work with you to determine which activities and accommodations are best suited to your needs.

  • From your initial enquiry until your trip ends, you will be assigned a personal Destination Specialist who will offer a full service for your travel needs: we can book flights, insurance and any ancillary travel required to complete your journey.

  • We have offices across South America so you can be assured that ground staff are close at hand to assist whilst you are travelling.

Ecuador TOURS

4 Days

Guayaquil-Quito Luxury Train

Ecuador

Join this exceptional trip through different times and spaces of Ecuadorian history aboard Tren Cruc......

4 Days

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Ecuador, Amazon

SHIP: Manatee Amazon Explorer

3 Days

Mashpi Lodge

Ecuador, Amazon

This Ecuadorian adventure will take you from vibrant city of Quito to the breathtaking cloud forest ......

5 Days

Otavalo Hacienda Stay

Ecuador

Start your adventure in vibrant Quito before taking in the colourful markets of Otavalo. Pass by sno......

4 Days

Sacha Lodge

Ecuador, Amazon

The Sacha Lodge is the perfect base to explore the Ecuadorian Amazon Jungle from - designed to offer......

5 Days

Galapagos Safari Camp Classic

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Enjoy a luxurious 5-day stay at the Galapagos Safari Camp, an authentic inland experience with stunn......

Ecuador REVIEWS

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BLOGS ON Ecuador

Whether you are looking for advice on visas and vaccinations,when to travel, best markets or beaches to visit, wildlife guides or the top restaurants in a city, Chimu blogs are likely to have it covered. The range of topics is vast, with new and fascinating blogs being added regularly. There are airport guides, Galapagos Island guides, what to pack and what not to pack, and even a blog on the most romantic locations to propose in Latin America!

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The unit of currency in Ecuador and on the Galapagos Islands is the United States Dollar (USD).

Please check websites such as www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for up to date exchange rates prior to your departure.

 Spanish is the official language of Ecuador but 13 Indigenous languages are spoken, the principal ones being Quichua in the Andes and Amazon and Jivaroan in the Amazon.

Ecuador is in fact one of the best places in Latin America to learn Spanish as Ecuadorian Spanish is spoken slowly and clearly.

The wildlife that you will see will depend on where your Ecuador travel takes you. Ecuador has a vast biodiversity that includes over 300 mammal species, 1,500 bird species and a huge array of reptiles and amphibians. The Galapagos Islands are home to many endemic species of birds and animals found nowhere else in the world and some only found on specific islands. 

The best time to visit Ecuador will depend on the places that you plan to visit and the activities that you plan to include on your Ecuador travel. The highlands are best visited between June and September if your Ecuador tour includes hiking in the Andes; the Amazon is a year-round destination with the wet and dry seasons offering different experiences; the coast is best visited between January and May and the peak season for the Galapagos Islands is December to June.

Most South American countries have now recognized that tourism plays an important part in their economies and governments have taken great steps to change South America’s poor security image. Violent crime is rare in Ecuador.
 
To minimise security risks we recommend the following: 
 
  • do not show any outward signs of wealth or wear expensive jewellery
  • keep your valuables in your hotel in safety deposit boxes
  • keep any valuables that you must carry with you hidden, as pickpockets can be present in crowded areas and around tourist areas
  • use only registered taxis with official identification
  • avoid going on your own to remote areas where tourists would not be expected to go
  • always keep your day pack and camera close to you and never leave them unattended
A pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Ecuador or the Galapagos for the following countries:
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • The United States
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • European Union
  • South Africa
For other nationalities please visit the website of the relevant consulate.

Our Ecuador tours include breakfast daily and many other meals may also be included in your itinerary. As a rough guide for additional spending money based on having moderately-priced lunches and dinners and buying a few souvenirs at local markets, we suggest a budget of 25-30 USD per day per person. 

No specific vaccinations are required for Ecuador travel, unless you are travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever, in which case proof of yellow fever vaccination is required. We do, however, recommend that you visit your doctor or a traveller’s medical centre for current information specific to those places that you will be travelling through. 
 
As a general guide we recommend the following:
 
  • Hepatitis - Both A and B (twinrix)
  • Yellow Fever - Especially for jungle areas
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Cholera
  • Rabies (minimal risk)
  • Tetanus
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
In Ecuador the standard voltage is 120/127V and standard frequency is 60Hz. Power sockets are of types A and B.
Please visit the below link for more information: http://electricaloutlet.org/

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