This guide EQUATOR FACE TRAVELS & EXPEDITIONS, assembles essential recommendations that tourists should consider when traveling around Ecuador, to ensure that their stay will be totally enjoyable.


Passport or valid ID that proves the Ecuadorian nationality.

Foreigners or residents

Valid and current passport with its visa.


passport or identification / Andean card.

Citizens who require a visa to enter Ecuador

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Senegal and Cuba.

It is very likely that the country’s immigration office will request the return ticket in order to verify that the stay does not exceed the 90 days allowed for tourists.


For your safety you need to have the yellow fever vaccine.

VAT Refund

Foreign tourists can access the VAT refund for the acquisition of goods produced in Ecuador and accommodation services.

Asset entry control

In compliance with the provisions of the Organic Law on Prevention, Detection and Eradication of the Crime of Money Laundering and Crime Financing, every passenger who enters or leaves the country with cash, for an amount equal to or greater than 10 thousand dollars of the United States of North America or its equivalent in other currencies, has the obligation to declare it before the corresponding authorities.

For emergencies

When traveling with a Smartphone, you can install the free application ‘ECU 911’ of the Integrated Security Service to be attended immediately.

Dial 911 and report any emergency or illegal act.

Public safety

Recommendation to travel by rental car:

Remember that the speed limits in Ecuador are:

  • 50km per hour in the city
  • 90km per hour on vía perimetral (highway)
  • 100km per hour on highways

Do not exceed the speed limits to avoid paying fines.

Recommendation for sailing:

When sailing, either on sea or in rivers, do it with the help of a travel agency and / or tour operator, who has its operating permits updated.

In banks and ATMs:

  • If you need to exchange money you must do it exclusively in banks and exchange houses. Where possible, carry out transactions in a bank branch that is inside a Shopping Center.
  • When going to a bank or to the ATM, you should be accompanied by someone.
  • Use ATMs in well-lit public places.
  • Do not accept the help or company of strangers.

In Protected Areas:

To visit Protected Areas, you must do it with the help of a Travel Agency and / or Tour Operator, which provides the guidance service with professionals certified by the tourism authority.

Other recommendations:

  • Maintain frequent communication with family and friends.
  • Always leave valuable objects in the hotel safe.
  • Be cautious when visiting crowded places or when going to bars or clubs.
  • When requesting information, you must request it at the hotel reception, tourist operators or friends residing in the destination you are visiting. If possible, do not consult strangers.


  • To fully enjoy your trip, keep these recommendations in mind:
  • If you suffer from any illness, it’s necessary that you carry the medicines that you should take in case of emergency during the entire trip.
  • The Public Health Network in the country is activated. In case of an emergency or if you need personalized attention, you can go to the nearest health center.

To avoid other types of diseases it is important to consider the following recommendations:

  • Wear protective clothing with sleeves and long pants, especially at dawn and dusk to avoid stings.
  • In high density mosquito zones use mosquito nets or screens in the windows.
  • Use mosquito repellent according to your skin type.
  • Use sunscreen.

How important is to bring a travel Insurance to travel in Ecuador & Galápagos?

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name.

Contact your bank for details of your participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number. This information we suggest to share with us.

It is safe to drink water directly from the tap in Ecuador & Galápagos?

No, you shouldn’t drink tap water without first boiling it or, in remote areas, using an appropriate filter or treating it with iodine. In Ecuador, it is always better to drink bottled water when possible. Locals often drink tap water but they have built up a resistance the bacteria that make most travellers sick.

Can I take a flight from my country directly to the Galapagos?

No, all flights to the Galapagos originate in Quito or Guayaquil. Therefore, all international visitors must first fly to one of these two cities before departing for the Galapagos.

Do I need a Visa to visit Ecuador as a tourist?

All passengers to enter Ecuador must necessarily have their passport with validity of at least six months. For Visa information please check with your consulate whether or not you need visa to enter to Ecuador.

What other expenditures should I consider when calculating the costs of my trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos?

  • The entrance fee to Galapagos National Park (currently USD 100 for adults and USD 50 for children) (Subjecto to change).
  • Transit control card to Galapagos USD 10 (Subject to change)
  • Airfare to and from the Galapagos.

What should I bring with me for a cruise in the Islands?

  • Cotton pants
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • A windbreaker or light sweater for the evenings
  • Hat
  • Lots of sunscreen
  • Hiking boots/shoes
  • Sneakers
  • Tevas/sandals with security straps
  • Sunglasses (with strap)
  • An extra pair of prescription glasses (if needed)
  • Small water bottle
  • Small backpack (for your camera, film, etc)
  • Plastic bag to keep your camera or photographic equipment dry
  • Camera and/or video equipment and plenty of film
  • Snorkeling gear (not essential)*
  • Duffel bag with a lock
  • Medications (anything you might be using while your cruise)
  • Motion sickness medication (if you are prone to sea sickness)
  • Books to read while on the yacht
  • Binocular
  • Insect repellent

What should I bring with me on a tour to the Ecuadorian Amazon?

  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Light clothes as well as long sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Flash light
  • Camera and/or video equipment and plenty of film
  • Medications (anything you might be using while your cruise)
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Tevas/sandals with security straps
  • Bathing suit
  • Small backpack for day trips and hikes

What should I bring with me on a tour to the Ecuadorian highlands?

  • Medium weight clothing.
  • Warm jacket.
  • Wind breaker.
  • Blue jeans.
  • Hat.
  • Camera and/or video equipment and plenty of film.
  • Medications (anything you might be using while your cruise).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Raincoat or poncho.
  • Backpack.

Can we snorkel?

There will opportunities to snorkel during the voyage. Masks, snorkels and fins are available on board (free of charge o with charge). We encourage you to bring your own to ensure the perfect fit and therefore the most enjoyable time snorkelling.

Will I get seasick?

The water around the Galapagos is generally calm but it can get rough when the cold Humboldt Current arrives in July through September. If you are prone to seasickness we suggest you contact your doctor prior to departure and ask if medication, patches or wristbands would work best for you.

Are there medical facilities aboard?

There is a basic first aid kit onboard for minor ailments however the boat is not equipped to handle serious medical conditions. Passengers are required to obtain medical insurance that covers medical emergency evacuation.

Some of our yachts have a small hospital on board.

Is drinking water available onboard?

Purified drinking water is available on board and a refillable water bottle is provided.

What voltage is used on board ship?

There are 110V electrical outlets in the cabins using the North American style plugs, with two flat blade prongs. If you are planning on taking a video or digital camera we suggest you take an extra set of charged batteries.

Is there a weight restriction on the luggage I bring to the Galapagos?

Due to the cabin sizes on the yachts and the weight restrictions that airlines enforce 20 kgs per person, the amount of luggage you can bring on the boat is limited. You can leave unnecessary items in your joining hotel storage room in Quito.

How much time will we spend on the islands during the landings?

Aside from your arrival and departure day into the Galapagos, there are approximately 2 island landings per day; each taking around 4 hours.

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