Frequently asked questions
We have compiled all of the most frequently asked questions about Ecuador, our projects and any other worries or questions you may have. If answers to your questions cant be found here please contact us.
Do I need a visa to come to Ecuador?
Other things to take into consideration:
- Your passport must have a remaining validity of at least 6 months beyond your travel dates.
- A round/onward trip ticket is needed to proof the length of your stay.
Are shots required to enter to Ecuador?
What do I do when I arrive at to the airport in Quito?
Can I drink the water in Ecuador?
How much money should I bring?
If you plan on traveling during your time in Ecuador, you will need to factor that money into your total budget (at minimum, $30 per day for small trips). Trips to the rainforest can cost $250 for a 3 days trip and Galapagos Islands $750 for the same length.
Besides this, think if you’ll need to purchase personal items, snacks or beverages outside of mealtimes, gifts for your family and friends… We don’t want you to underestimate your personal spending and have difficulties in the middle of your time here obtaining cash. The most organization you have of your money, the best.
Should I bring cash or travelers checks? What about credit and ATM cards?
It’s also important to have an internationally accepted ATM card (one with the Visa, Cirrus or Plus logo) for obtaining additional cash as needed in Quito and other sizeable towns. However, do not rely on ATM cards for all your funds as machines could be out of service.
Travelers checks are not recommended since you can cash them only in cities like Quito or Guayaquil and most stores and vendors do not accept traveler’s checks.
How safe is Ecuador?
Minimize the risk of theft by not bringing or carrying valuable items with you, keeping your valuables stored securely in your house when you plan to walk around downtown, and keeping your money hidden in a variety of different places.
Beware of pickpockets in crowded buses, trolleys, or in the touristed Mariscal area of Quito. Also, in markets, don’t tempt people by showing big wads of bills or prominently wearing expensive-looking jewelry, cameras, or watches.
What kinds of souvenirs and gifts can I bring back from Ecuador?
What should I do if I’m a vegetarian, lactose intolerant or gluten allergic?
Will I have access to email while in Ecuador?
In Quito, not all families have wifi internet, but there are internet cafés in most sizeable towns within an easy bus ride that you can use.