Travel Information Ecuador
Find more information below on Ecuador, South America, such as general information, currency, safety and more.
- FLAG 🇪🇨
- CAPITAL Quito
- GOVERNMENT Republic
- CURRENCY US dollar ($, USD) Ecuadorian Centaro coins (Alongsinde U.S. coins)
- POPULATION 14,573,101 (July 2009 estimation)
- TOTAL AREA 283,561km² (water: 6,720km² land: 276,841km²)
- LANGUAGES Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)
- DECIMAL SYSTEM metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is from UTC-06:00 to UTC-05:00
- LOCATION it is located in South America.
Most popular cities in Ecuador
- Quito – The capital, at an altitude of 2,850 m. It has the best-preserved historic centre in Latin America.
- Ambato – Most central city of Ecuador with special celebrations during Carnival time.
- Baños – The adventure capital of Ecuador at the foot of the active Tungurahua volcano with small eruptions and many hot spring mineral baths as its name implies.
- Cuenca – Third largest city and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.
- Guayaquil – Largest city and also largest port city
- Loja – Oldest colonial city
- Manta – Largest coastal city and fourth largest city in Ecuador and fastest growing.
- Otavalo – Small town two hours north of the capital famous for its Saturday market of crafts.
- Ibarra – Town of 100,000 inhabitants halfway between Quito and the north border
- Riobamba – Starting point of the famous train ride down the Nariz del Diablo and gateway to Mount Chimborazo, the countries highest mountain.
Sockets & Plugs in Ecuador
120V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.
United States dollar (symbol: $), with code USD.
Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 dollars. The dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 1 dollars and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents. Notes larger as 20 dollars are not everywhere accepted.
Automatic teller machines are pretty common in Ecuador, and you can usually find them in both large and small cities. You don’t need a chip and PIN card to use an ATM: your standard magnetic card will work fine.
You are expected to tip
Tipping is expected in Ecuador since the staff depends on tips to supplement their (often minimum) wages. Receipts you get usually include a service charge.
Internet speed in Ecuador is an average of 4.4 Mbps.
WiFi coverage is pretty low, so it is not that easy to find one.
You can buy a SIM card for around $21.28, which usually includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecom companies: Movistar, CNT or Claro.
The system uses GSM mobile network GSM 850.
Remember that if you don’t want to buy SIM card in Ecuador upon arrival, try to make sure to check the roaming charges with your own telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return back home.
To call Ecuador, dial +, then 593 (the country code for Ecuador), then the area code (without the initial 0) and finally the local number.
Moderate crime rate
The country has a moderate crime rate . Take precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pick-pocketing. Be particularly aware at airports, railway stations and crowded public places. Do not leave your valuables unattended.
It’s recommended to follow common security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying careful in crowds.
You should drive on the right side of the road. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless mentioned otherwise, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas, 60-100 km/h (37-62 mph) on expressways, 60-100 km/h (37-62 mph) on undivided highways and 60-100 km/h (37-62 mph) on motorways.
An IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required as well as your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave your home country.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- your age must be over 25
- you must have a full license for at least a 1 year
- have a credit card (Usually Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
The minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Prostitution is legal, and brothels are also legal.
Cannabis is illegal but decriminalized
Although drugs are illegal (including cannabis), marijuana is decriminalized meaning you will not go to jail and it will not be on your criminal record if they catch you. However, you could still get a fine, rehabilitation, community service.
- Police 911
- Ambulance 911
- Fire department 911
- Police 101
- Ambulance 131
- Fire 102
- Emergency in Guayaquil 112
- Traffic police in Guayaquil 103
Vaccinations listed are recommended
The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your own protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. If you are traveling from certain countries, some vaccinations (like eg Yellow Fever) can become obligatory.
- Typhoid fever
- Yellow Fever
- Hepatitis A
These vaccinations apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments in Ecuador.
- Hepatitis B
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