F.A.Q. - Ecuador

  1. What areas of Ecuador are best to visit?

    Ecuador has a wide variety of places to visit, from the tropical coast to the high Sierra to the Amazon. Few countries in the world offer such a wide variety of spectacular landscapes and things to do, and nearly every corner of Ecuador has something unique to offer the traveler..
  2. Is the country dangerous?

    Ecuador is considered one of the safer countries in Latin America. In the big cities, such as Quito, it is necessary to exercise caution at night (we recommend not walking alone late at night) and to remain alert during the day—but this is not significantly different from many other large cities. The greatest problem is theft; violent crime is far less common. In smaller communities, the country is generally quite safe, and its kind and generous people make all tourists feel quite welcome.
  3. What vaccines and medications do I need?

    We recommend a consultation with your doctor before coming to Ecuador. Some vaccines are advisable before your arrival here, particularly if you plan to visit the Coast or the Amazon regions. In some areas, anti-malarial medications are advisable. Some common anti-malarial medications are locally available at low cost, as well as most antibiotics and vaccinations.
  4. When is the best time to visit?

    The climate in Quito is comfortable but cool year round, with the wet season between November and May. Nearly every day in Quito has morning sun. In other areas of Ecuador, the rainy season varies according to the region. The oceans are warmest from December to May. But with its tropical climate, and different seasons in each region of the country, Ecuador is one of those few countries that has a pleasant climate year round.
  5. What is the food like? Is it safe? How much can I expect to pay?

    Quito has a variety of restaurants, offering international and Ecuadorian food, with prices ranging from the $1.50 “almuerzo” (lunch, including soup and main course) to