Ecuador, your premier adventure destination

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Ecuador

Ecuador - Ecuador is located on the north western coast of South America at the Equator. Peru is to the south and east, and Columbia is to the north. Ecuador owns the Galapagos Islands, which are 1,000 kilometres off the coast. Ecuador is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world, made up of 4 distinct regions; the Andes Mountains (Sierra), the Amazon Rainforest (Oriente), the Galapagos Islands, and the Coast.
The opportunities for creating memorable adventures are boundless. From absailing down steep jungle slopes, cycling along the Amazon basin, hiking on volcanoes, mountaineering in the Andes, exploring pre-Inca ruins, paragliding, horseback riding, kayaking, surfing and scuba diving, Ecuador is your premier adventure destination.

Climate - Ecuador is a year round destination. Ecuador’s varied regions experience oscillating wet and dry periods. The Amazon region (Oriente) has a warm, humid and rainy climate with temperatures between 23 to 26 Celsius.
In the Andes (La Sierra) you may experience 4 seasons in one day. The temperatures vary according to the altitude and time of year with ranges from 7 Celsius at night to 26 Celsius during the day.
The Coastal lowlands (La Costa) tend to be hot and humid with temperatures averaging from 25 Celsius to 31 Celsius. The Galapagos Islands are generally warm and dry year round, with temperatures around 28 Celsius.

Language - Spanish is the official language of Ecuador. The indigenous people have their own distinct language. The majority are bilingual, speaking their mother tongue of Quichua and Spanish as their second language.

Currency - U.S. Dollars

Population - Estimated at 13.8 million, Ecuador has the highest population density of any South American Country. Over 30% of the population live in the major cities, with another 30% living in other urban areas. The rural population is mainly indigenous. This leaves a lot of untamed, wide open spaces, teaming with nature. On many of our treks we would not see another soul for days.

Interesting Fact - The Panama Hat was originated in Ecuador.

Immunizations - The following vaccinations are strongly suggested:
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Tetanus-diptheria
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever
Depending on what parts of South America you plan on travelling to, there may be additional vaccinations that would be beneficial. It is important to get vaccinations well before you travel so that they will be effective.

Note: If you require any special medication, bring an adequate supply. To avoid problems, have a legible prescription or letter from your doctor to show that you legally use the medication.

Visa Requirements - Tourists entering Ecuador, including citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the EU, Canada and the USA, do not require visas. Residents of most Central American and some Asian countries require visas. Tourist visas are valid for 90 days per calendar year. Always check with your travel agent for the latest information regarding visa requirements.

Passports - Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the day you arrive in Ecuador. Check with your travel agent for the latest information on passport requirements. You must also have a return ticket.