Tips for travelling to Ecuador
- Because of its geographic location, sunscreen is a must when traveling to Ecuador. You can get sunscreen at drugstores in the country, but of course brands and variety might not be what you are used to.
- Wearing layers is a great idea. Weather conditions change fast in many places of the country, especially in the highlands. Ecuador is supposed to have two seasons, rainy and dry, but their limits are blurred. Quito, the capital city is the perfect example to explain this point. It is not strange to get really cold nights and early mornings, followed by a sunny day, at noon a hard and almost painful sun that you definitely want to avoid, some heavy rain in the afternoon and probably even some hail. Grab a backpack and get ready to dress and undress on the go.
- There is a variety of food in Ecuador, plenty of fruits and also a good variety of vegetables. Once known as the banana republic, nowadays the country is also well known by the high quality of its cacao.Keeping an open mind will be a great opportunity to try on new flavors. On the other hand, there are some strange foods too, which are not part of Ecuadorians´ daily diet, but just a part of Ecuadorian cuisine. Everyday food is simple, still different. It is a good idea to do some research before your trip and know what you would like to try.
- Trust in locals, but not in everyone. Locals are friendly and they are a great source of advice. They have the best information about places to avoid, transportation, cultural characteristics, food and everything one can think about. Approaching to anyone might not be always the best idea, so you can ask to the staff at your place of accommodation, polices, guards and also neighborhood store´s attendants might be a good option. Not everyone speaks other languages, but some zones that are used to tourists will be able to talk in English with you.
- Don´t trust in Google maps or similar apps. The information you can find on those systems is not always accurate, except maybe for most of the places in Quito and Guayaquil. Buses information is completely wrong, so you won´t be able to use those apps in the same way you do in your home country. You might use Google maps as a reference, but it is always better to ask details and exact directions to local people.
Address: Isla Española 144 Between Avs. General Rumiñahui and Ilaló.
San Rafael – Quito – Ecuador
Phone: (593-2) 2863908 • 2850780 • 2867377 • 2867832 • 2861350