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Ecuador: GETTING READY

Ecuadorian TRAVEL VISA

Ecuador does not require a travel visa unless you plan on staying longer than 90 days.  If you are extending your trip on your own, you can obtain a travel visa in Ecuador.

IMMUNIZATIONS

Plan ahead for getting your vaccinations: some of them require more than one injection, while some should not be given together.  You should see a travel doctor six weeks prior to departure.
Ecuador requires no immunizations to enter the country, however, due to the remote nature of our destination, there are several immunizations you should consider.  These include Malaria, Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, and Hepatitis B. Malaria is a concern for travel in the Amazon basin and parts of the far northern coast.  However, you should ask for advice from the doctor.  If you haven’t had your Measles/Mumps/Rubella shot since you were a child, your doctor will suggest it.  Let your doctor help you decide based on your length of stay and our planned destinations in Ecuador.

MONEY

The currency in Ecuador is the US dollar. Cash and travelers’ checks are readily accepted and can be exchanged at the airport, exchange houses or any banks when you arrive in Quito.  It is important to examine your US dollars before arriving in Ecuador.  Bills must be in good condition or banks and exchange houses will not accept them.  Avoid bringing bills with small tears, writing or heavily worn bills.  Traveler’s checks are exchanged at a lower rate than cash and a commission can be charged.  ATMs are readily available in most of the cities we will visit.

All participants should carry a money belt for carrying valuables such as cash, air tickets, passports and credit cards.

While in Ecuador, you will be responsible for:

Your own meals in Quito, where you can expect to pay around $5.00 to $10.00 a meal.

International airport departure tax, which is $25.00.

Tips and gratuities: This is a very delicate matter for us, throughout the years we have been often asked what gratuity would be appropriate to leave for the guides. It is our recommendation that the quality of service should determinate the extend of any gratuity for example if the service received has been excellent, a suggestion of US$ 40 per person for whole trip is considered appropriate. Please take note that this is  a suggestion: tipping and gratuities are very personal.

Personal items such as laundry, phone calls, emails and snacks.

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