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Ecuador is a country of rich traditions. It is known for its hiking trails and nature, including the famous Galapagos Islands.
The capital city of Ecuador is Quito. Other large cities include Guayaquil, Cuenca, and Santo Domingo.
The country’s varying regions and attractions make it a must visit for many travelers.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Ecuador. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Ecuador: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever, rabies, and influenza.
Ecuador is home to a few different mosquito-borne diseases. Malaria, dengue, Zika and yellow fever can all be found in the country. Be sure to bring repellents and netting with you. Passport Health clinics carry the yellow fever vaccine and can often prescribe antimalarials for your trip. Contact your local Passport Health clinic to learn more.
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
A passport is required to enter Ecuador. A visa is not required for stays under 90 days within a one year period.
Proof of yellow fever vaccination may be required based on your travel itinerary.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Ecuador’s climate changes depending on the region. The western regions are warm with temperatures int he high-70’s. The hot and rainy seasons are between January and April.
Other regions of Ecuador experience a subtropical highland climate. It is usually dry from June to September and wet from October to May. Average temperature stay consistent throughout the year in the 60’s.
Travelers are not permitted to go to northern Ecuador without prior permission due to kidnappings. These areas include Carchi, northern Esmeraldas, and Sucumbíos.
Robbery is common in Ecuador, especially in hotel rooms, on beaches and on hiking trails. Use hotel safes, don’t wear valuable items, and always be alert.
Always travel in groups, be alert, and be aware of where your drinks are at all times. Drugging is common.
Pickpocketing and petty theft are common in tourist areas. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid situations that could lead to theft.
One of the most famous places in the world for biodiversity are the Galapagos Islands. These islands were studied by Charles Darwin and helped him come up with the theory of evolution.
Although known for their biodiversity, the islands are part of volcanic group of islands and have little vegetation. But, that’s what makes the wildlife so unique. The Galapagos National Park is officially a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Travelers can access the island by plane or by boat. Most travelers go to the islands from December to January and June to August.
Animals on the Galapagos Islands include: bottlenosed dolphins, the Galapagos turtles, and Darwin’s finches.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Ecuador:
If you find yourself in need of help while traveling in Ecuador, there is a U.S. embassy in the capital city of Quito.
U.S. Embassy Quito
Ave. Avigiras E12-170 y Ave. Eloy Alfaro
Telephone: +(593)(2) 398-5000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(593)(2) 398-5000
Fax: +(593)(2) 398-5100
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