Ecuador Tours FAQ´S
1. When is the best time to go?
Since Ecuador is located on the Equator, there are not defined seasons. This means travelers can visit Ecuador any time of the year. Ecuadorians will often tell you that you should expect all four seasons of the year every single day. Although, there is a slightly wetter and dryer season, these variations are unpredictable and change depending on where you are in Ecuador.
Quito and the highlands are comfortable year-round, with temperatures usually in the 60º F (16 ºC) during the day and occasional light rainy days. The Amazon region is hot, humid, and wet year-round with somewhat heavier rainfall season from April to June. But even the rains can be a refreshing break from the heat and humidity, so any time of year is a fine choice.
2. Do I need a passport or visa to go to Ecuador?
Ecuador requires a passport with at least 6 months validity issued by the traveler’s country of residence. A visa is only required for visitors of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Cuba and Somalia. The traveler must also hold proof of return, or onward journey. We recommend all passengers to check with the respective authorities in their country before departure.
3. Are there any language restrictions?
We can guarantee both English and Spanish tourist guides. If you require a guide in a language other than English, you should let us know in advance since an extra fee may apply in order to hire this service.
4. What kind of clothes should I wear for the highlands?
For Quito and other highland cities, wear comfortable springtime clothing during the day and a sweater or coat in the evening. For the outlying highlands and high Andean moorlands (paramo), warm, winter clothing is essential. Dressing in layers is ideal. Afternoons might be rainy; therefore we suggest an umbrella.
5. What kind of clothes should I wear for the Pacific Coast?
Ecuadorian beaches are “nature seeking” experiences and include long walks, swimming, and other physical activities. Therefore, we advise you to bring comfortable breathable clothes, sandals or similar, swimsuits, sunscreen, insect repellent, wide-brim hat, sunglasses, binoculars, eye drops. Evening gowns and accessories are not necessary. During the night, casual attire is advised.
6. What kind of clothes should I take to the Amazon rainforest?
For your Amazon or other rainforest explorations, you may prefer a long-sleeved shirt and long pants for protection against mosquitoes. Insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat and eye-drops must be part of your traveling equipment, especially if you are sensitive to the sun. A camera, binoculars and a flashlight are necessary for sightseeing, as well as a waterproof jacket, rubber shoes and swimwear.
7. What are the tipping suggestions?
Tipping is a very personal and optional matter. If you feel you have been given an excellent service, you may express your gratitude by giving tips, as suggested below:
Restaurants and coffee shops 10% of the bill
Hotel / airport portage US$1 p/suitcase
Guides on mainland Ecuador US$10 per day, p/p
Driver on mainland Ecuador US$ 8 per day, p/p