TRAVELING IN ECUADOR
Travelers entering Ecuador will be required to present a T3 card (available upon arrival at borders and airports), in addition to a valid passport. You will automatically receive a 90-day tourist visa. Do NOT lose your T3 card as it is necessary for exiting the country, visa extensions and military check points.
You will need a valid passport. The passport must have an expiration date of greater than six months after your return date.
In March 2000, Ecuador’s official currency changed from the Sucre to the U.S. Dollar.
Ecuador’s electrical current is 110 volts 60 cycles – the same as North America – so adapters for North American equipment are not needed.
The weather in Ecuador is exceptionally difficult to predict. There are virtually countless microclimates due to extremely varied topography that cause varied weather in neighboring geographical locations. One generalization that can be made is that the temperature is usually colder the higher the altitude. Although the temperature does not vary much throughout the course of the year – the country does straddle the equator – Ecuador’s rainy season coincides with winter months in the northern hemisphere. In general, the temperature is between 75 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit, and there are daily rain showers year round.
Excellent medical care is available in Quito and Guayaquil. Many U.S. and European trained, bilingual doctors practice, and many find they offer superior service at a much lower cost than back home. The British, German and U.S. embassies have lists of recommended multi-lingual doctors.
When Traveling to Ecuador’s Oriente, be sure to consider the following items:
- Rubber boots (a must since hiking boots don’t work well in calf-deep mud – most lodges and arranged tours will provide boots up to size 10 or they can be purchased in most towns
- Antihistamine tablets and an epi-pen for people with serious allergies to stings
- Binoculars (invaluable in the rainforest. It’s worth spending a bit of extra money to get a good pair: 8 x 40 are excellent for poor light conditions under the forest canopy
- Swimming suit
- Lightweight quick drying clothes
- At least one long-sleeved shirt
- One pair of loose-fitting pants (no jeans)
- A light sweater (it gets surprisingly chilly in the rainforest, especially on boat trips)
- Poncho that fits over you and your pack
- A pair of clean socks for each day
- Chacos or Teva-like sandals or sneakers for around camp
- Zip lock bags for food, books, maps and anything else you hope to keep dry
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