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Ecuador travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.

Women Travelers in Ecuador
Submitted by M05101
Customarily, women travelers in Latin America have had to put up with more attention and curiosity from Latin men. Things are changing, and women travelers are a more common sight nowadays; however there are still a few warnings and advisaries that we believe women should receive in order to avoid any unpleasant encounter while here in Ecuador and Latin America.

Women will commonly experience more attention on the streets of Latin America than in their home countries. "Cat-calling" and noise making on ... view more the streets by men is certainly not uncommon. The best way to deal with these types of annoyances is to simply ignore them. A reaction to this usually only makes it worse.

Women should take more care when walking alone. Women SHOULD NOT walk alone at night or in city parks. There have been several reports of attacks upon women who have been walking in either one of these situations. A foreign woman walking alone is an easy target!

Eye contact and casual conversation have different meanings here than they do in other countries. What might seem like innocent conversation to you might not to an Ecuadorian, and more could seem like an invitation to become more than friends (We do not discourage you from making friends, but it is important that you understand the cultural norms to avoid any trouble).

When at a bar or restaurant, NEVER leave your drink unattended. There have recently been quite a few reported cases of women and men being drugged while in a bar. All of these situations can be avoided if you are careful. Please enjoy yourself in Ecuador, but please always be aware of your surroundings.

We hope that this information helps make your stay here in Ecuador enjoyable and safe. Please remember that whatever information, advice or questions that you might have, our team is always here to help you with whatever you need.

Transportation in Ecuador
Submitted by M05101
There are two main types of transportation in Ecuador: buses and planes. There are also train rides available in Ecuador but are limited to tourist rides in certain parts of the country. (It is not a feasible way to travel around the country).

Travel in Ecuador is quite accessible. You can get to almost any part of the country by either bus or plane. There are quite a few bus companies that have transport from virtually any city in Ecuador to another. Ask here at the school for the recommended bus companies.

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If traveling by plane, there are national and international flights that leave daily from Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre in Quito and Aeropuerto Internacional Simón Bolívar in Guayaquil to virtually any city and country in South America and the world.

Money Saving While in Ecuador
Submitted by M18719
We can organize tailor made tours with reasonable prices like Galapagos Cruises, Quito Tours, nearby colorful markets like Otavalo, Zumbahua, Latacunga, Saquisili, National Park and Reserves, Amazonic Tours, Antisana Reserve, Mindo Cloud Forest, Archeological sites, Cuenca and Loja provinces, 3 and 4 Stars Hotels at very attractive prices. Private service with English speaking guides and also of other languages. Just let us know your requests.
Submitted by M16603
Best time to go…

The diversity of Ecuador does not fit neatly into four seasons. As a general note, it has a dry winter from June to September and a wet summer from December to April. For hiking in the highlands, the best time is during the cool winter. For exploring the jungle (the Oriente), there isn’t a temperate period as it’s often thick with humidity, while the sierra can get chilly and coastal areas are warm year round.

The Galápagos Islands experience hot, rainy weather from January to April ... view more and its waters are comfortably warm during this time, making it ideal for snorkeling. During the rest of the year the water is on the chilly side at around 20°C (68°F) or lower. The surfing season is typically December to February.

The biggest celebration days are Christmas, Semana Santa (Easter week), Inti Raymi (June 24), and Independence Day (May 24). Expect an influx of visitors during these periods and from June to August when the vacation season is in full swing.

Safety in Ecuador
Submitted by M05101
Ecuador is one of the safest countries in Latin America; however, it is important that all travelers take certain precautions in order to insure their safety at all times.

Most of the foreign travelers here in Ecuador are easily distinguished from locals. This is something to keep in mind because it can make you an easy target for thieves and pickpockets.

While in the city, it is important to carry only the necessary items. For example do not carry an excess of money, electronics or anything that would be ... view more targeted by thieves. Cameras are especially expensive in Ecuador and are commonly a target item here. Do not carry your original passport with you. The best idea is to make a copy of your passport and leave the original at home or in your hotel.

Buses are normally safe within the city, although they tend to be a little more dangerous in Guayaquil. Buses between cities are safe for travel as long as you watch your bags. Never put your bags in the overhead compartments or out of sight. They have been stolen while passengers have been on board.

In Quito, the Trolleybus is known for its robberies. The best way to avoid this is to carry your bags in front of you at all times. Do not carry loose money in your pockets. It is much better to carry all of your money and important documents in a money belt around your waist, neck or leg.

Walking at night is not recommended, especially in cities such as Quito and Guayaquil. The majority of reported robberies have targeted travelers walking alone at night. It is better to walk in groups at all times and is highly recommended to take taxis after 6:00 pm.

Sundays tend to be much more relaxed than the other days of the week. Most of the stores are closed and there are fewer people in the street. We recommend that students go out in pairs or groups during both light and dark hours of Sunday due to the reduced amount of people on the street.

Food and Water!
Submitted by M05101
Ecuador has a wonderful range of foods and we hope that everybody has a chance to enjoy all of it. But as they say “Good things come to those who wait.“ People who travel to South America from countries abroad need to give their bodies time to get used to both the food and the water of Ecuador.

It is recommended that travelers coming to Ecuador drink strictly bottled water. It will take your system quite a while to get used to the water here and a bad reaction can lead to a serious upset stomach and illness. ... view more

It is recommended that for the first couple weeks travelers should try and avoid:
- Raw food, especially vegetables like lettuce
- Street food
- Red Meat
- Juices.

Although following these warnings will help prevent the majority of stomach problems, remember that almost everyone traveling to Ecuador will have an upset stomach at one point or another. This should not worry you. If the problem continues, it is always a good idea to consult a physician.

And of course your body should get used to all of these foods with time, so please enjoy!

Helpful Items To Bring to Ecuador's Rainforest
Submitted by M19075
To your rainforest trip, we recommend you to bring the following:
- Light clothes,
- Long sleeves blouses or shirts,
- Insect repellent,
- Flashlight,
- Trekking shoes,
- Sandals,
- Binoculars,
- Cap or hat,
- Bathing suit,
- Sunglasses,
- Small bags,
- Camera,
- Rain coat,
- Personal stuff,
- A Great Adventure Spirit!