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Ecuador at a Glance

Beautiful Ecuador has everything from rain forests to cloud forests to the Galapagos Islands to explore. 

Explore history in the 17th century colonial center of Quito. Admire the colorful buildings and the Spanish architecture while your feet pound the warn, rounded cobbles. 

Naturalists are sure to head straight for the famous Galapagos Islands. Miles of lagoons make for excellent bird and wildlife watching. The sea turtle hatchery lets you see these giants at every stage of development from tiny saucer sized baby to enormous adult. Sea-lions, sea-gulls and red and blue-footed boobies lounge on the rocks. 

Eco-tourists will also enjoy hiking and bird watching in the cloud forest. This unique, chilly, foggy area is home to loud birds and interesting animals and insects. Lower down, the forest grows warmer and different plants and animals thrive. Elsewhere in Ecuador, you can leave the tropics behind you and climb high into the snowy Andes. Pristine views and untouched snows make you feel like you are the only one in the world. 


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Popular Places
  • Quito Quito
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Major Airports
  • Major Airport Seymour Airport
  • Major Airport Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

Travelers to Ecuador are required to have a passport valid at least six months past the end of their travel date. Visas are generally not required for visits of under 90 days. For more information, contact the Ecuadorian Consulate. Additionally, U.S citizens can learn more at the U.S State Department's website. 

Need to Know

Severe Weather and Seismic Events Earthquakes and volcanic activity occur frequently in Ecuador. Volcanoes can disrupt travel or communications. Earthquakes may cause tsunamis which are devastating to low-lying areas. 

Safety Concerns Travelers are advised to avoid northern Ecuador and the boarder with Colombia. Where ever you travel in Ecuador, be alert. Pickpockets and thieves have clever strategies for distracting you long enough to take you belongings. Don't bring valuables to Ecuador and leave your passport in a safe if possible. Do not accept food or drink from strangers, no matter how friendly. Thieves and rapists use drugs to incapacitate their victims. Kidnappings occur in Ecuador and it is wise to travel in with others and avoid areas where you are at a disadvantage. 

Health Concerns: Water needs to be purified before drinking. Boil vigorously, or use a purifying device. Many travelers get vaccinations before they travel to South America. Contact your doctor at least two months prior to your trip to schedule vaccinations and a health discussion for your trip. 

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