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Travel to Ecuador: useful information and recommended itineraries


Ecuador is one of the wonderful states of Latin America that encloses, in a limited territory, an incredible variety of landscapes and different ecosystems: starting from the dense tropical forests with their thundering waterfalls in the Amazon in the east of the country, up to the white Pacific coast in the west, passing through active volcanoes, the high peaks of the Andes and Inca archaeological sites along its borders.

Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents
  2. Where it is
  3. 14-day itinerary: the history of the Inca Empire between the Andes and the Pacific
  4. 8 days itinerary: discovering the jewel of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands
  5. Ecuador do it yourself: flights, costs, best time and advice
  6. User questions and comments
  7. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents

  • Inhabitants: 14.306.876
  • Capital: Quito
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Local currency: US dollar USD (€ 1,00 = 1,13 USD)
  • Weather: temperate in the Sierra with rainfall from November to May, tropical all year round along the coast
  • Time zone: UTC -5 (6 hours behind Italy)
  • vaccinations: yellow fever vaccination required for those who have been in an airport for more than 12 hours where yellow fever is endemic
  • Entry requirements: passport, return ticket. Visa not required for Italian citizens for stays of less than 90 days
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Ecuador borders Colombia to the north, Peru to the east and south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. In the northern part, the territory of the state is crossed by the Equator.





    14-day itinerary: the history of the Inca Empire between the Andes and the Pacific

    1. First day: Arrival at Quito airport, transfer to the city and hotel accommodation
    2. Second day: City tour of Quito, admiring the view from the Pancillo hill and visiting its most important monuments such as the Church of the Society of Jesus and the Church of San Francisco
    3. Third day: Visit of the town of Cayambe which rises at the foot of the homonymous volcano and its famous rose plantations of which Ecuador is the world's largest exporter. In the evening, head towards the town of Peguche
    4. Fourth day: Visit to the indigenous market of Ottovalo, the largest in the Ecuadorian Andes and to the Catacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve, where you can admire one of the most beautiful deep-sea lakes in Ecuador
    5. Fifth day: Move to the city of Lasso and visit the pyramids of Cochasqui, a UNESCO heritage site, considered the most important archaeological site in all the Ecuadorian Andes
    6. Sixth day: Visit of the Cotopaxi park which rises on the slopes of the homonymous volcano, iconic symbol of Ecuador, famous for being currently the most active volcano in the world
    7. Seventh day: Visit to the city of Banos and the Pailòn del Diablo waterfall, the most famous in the country which can be admired in all its splendor from a wonderful panoramic terrace
    8. Eighth day: Excursion to the Chimborazio Nature Reserve, a typical ecosystem of moors known as Paramos; in the evening transfer to the colorful indigenous village of Guamote
    9. Ninth day: Visit to the Guamote market and departure to the Fortress of Ingapirica, the most important pre-Columbian archaeological site in the country, of immeasurable historical value
    10. Tenth day: Visit to the city of Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador, which contains one of the richest architectural and cultural testimonies of the Spanish colonial era
    11. Eleventh day: Excursion to the Cajas National Park which houses 235 lakes of glacial origin and different sections of the Quapac Nan, the famous Inca Royal Route
    12. Twelfth day: Relaxing day in the wonderful Porto Lopez which features some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole country, such as the beautiful Los Frailes, located in the protected area of ​​the Naz Machalilla Park
    13. Thirteenth day: Excursion to the Isla de la Plata, literally the Island of Money, which takes its particular name from the legend of the pirate Sir Francis Drake who is said to have buried one of his treasures there
    14. Fourteenth day: Transfer to Guayaquile airport and return home

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: € 2.490,00
    • The price includes: internal transfers, tourist guides and organized tours, overnight stay
    • The fee does not include: food and return flights
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

    8 days itinerary: discovering the jewel of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands



    1. First day: Arrival at Quito airport and hotel accommodation
    2. Second day: visit of the city of Quito exploring the colonial center and stretching out to admire the equatorial line located north of the city that marks the point where the Equator crosses Ecuador
    3. Third day: Transfer by plane to the Galapagos Islands in particular the central island of Santa Cruz where you can get acquainted with its most famous inhabitants, the characteristic giant tortoises
    4. Fourth day: Excursion by boat between the most central islands of the Galapagos and out for a snorkeling session around the island of Santa Fe admiring its wonderful and varied marine fauna
    5. Fifth day: Transfer to the largest island of the Galapagos, Isabela Island, where you can admire the wonderful Flamingo, pink flamingos, among its numerous inhabitants
    6. Sixth day: Excursion to the Sierra Negra and Chico volcanoes exploring their tropical vegetation and reaching, climbing to the top, one of the best viewpoints from which to admire the entire archipelago
    7. Seventh day: Excursion to the uninhabited island of Plazas Sur, an island of volcanic origin with unspoiled nature where you can enjoy a relaxing day between the crystal clear sea and the characteristic flora and fauna of the archipelago
    8. Eighth day: Transfer by plane to Quito airport and return home

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: € 1.500,00
    • The price includes: internal transfers, tourist guides and organized tours, overnight stay
    • The fee does not include: food and return flights
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

    Ecuador do it yourself: flights, costs, best time and advice

    The costs of living in Ecuador are basically similar to those we are used to in Italy. Except for the tourist reception facilities whose prices rise during the high season months, for everything else prices remain stable all year round. A frugal meal in a fast food restaurant, for example, costs around € 3,00 ($ 3,40), while a three-course dinner in an average restaurant ranges from € 14,00 to € 20,00 (15,00 / 22,00 , 7,00 dollars approximately); for transport, on the other hand, an average of € 7,90 per day (about $ ) is spent, varying between taxis and buses.



    • Minimum period for a tour in Ecuador: 8 days
    • Recommended cities for base: Quito, Lasso, Cuenca
    • Getting around: the Panamericana is the road that crosses the whole country and connects all the most important localities by land; among public transport, the bus is the most used as it is suitable for both internal and interurban movements and is active 24 hours a day
    • Flights: return flights from Italy during the high season months, especially from June to September, cost approximately € 800,00 / € 900,00, while during the low season it is possible to book from € 511,00
    • Accommodations and accommodations: for those who want to stay within a certain budget, the most touristic cities in Ecuador offer excellent hostels even with private rooms that cost from 6 to 10 dollars per night (€ 5,70 / € 8,90), while for a hotel room you can spend from 20 dollars upwards (€ 18,70 approximately)
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

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