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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Welcome to the Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism’s frequently asked questions page. Most of the information given in this section can be found in much greater detail in the various sections of our web site.

If you have any other questions or comments, you can still use our web site search engine or you can contact us.


1) Do I need a visa to enter Ecuador?

A visa is not required if you are planning to stay less than 90 days. Citizens from most of the European countries, Canada, and the United States of America don’t need a visa in order to enter Ecuador.

For more information on visas, check out our Visa page in our Trip Planning section.

2) Is there any vaccine required to enter Ecuador?

There aren’t any vaccine requirements to enter Ecuador. However, you should be aware that in some specific regions mosquitoes that transmit diseases do exist. There are many easy and inexpensive ways to prevent related risks before or during your visit to Ecuador.

If you have more questions about your health care, check out our Health page in the Trip Planning section.

3) Is Ecuador a safe country?

Ecuador is one of the safest countries in the Andean region. However, you should consider some useful tips to avoid having a bad experience.

Check out our Safety page in the Trip Planning section to see the latest safety recommendations.

4) What kind of weather will I find in Ecuador?

Ecuador is located on the Equator (yes, that’s where the name of the country comes from!), so there are not well defined seasons. The country’s weather has a wide range of variety and depends totally on the region that you plan to visit. For example, if you go to the Galapagos Islands you should be prepared for a hot and sunny climate, but if you go to the Andean Region you will experience rains, storms, and colder weather.

If you want to know what kind of climate each region has, take a look at our Climate page and our Packing page.

5) What should I pack for my visit to Ecuador?

Ecuador is a very diverse country. Here, you will find regions with drastically varying weather patterns, environments, and geography, so it’s a good idea to know in advance what to bring.

We have a Packing list in the Trip Planning section, where you will find a detailed list with the main articles that may help you to have a trip without any ugly surprises.

6) What kind of activities can I do in Ecuador?

Ecuador has many tourist destinations where you can participate in a variety of activities. You can practice mountain biking, climbing, rafting, or scuba diving, as well as visiting archaeological sites, museums, or theaters.

Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, so there are unique places where you will find the most incredible flora and fauna, from tiny hummingbirds to huge humpback whales.

It’s a long list so we recommend that you check out our Activities section.

7) What are the main tourist attractions and destinations of Ecuador?

The Galapagos Islands, Chimborazo and Cotopaxi in the Andean region, the Ecuadorian Coast, Guayaquil and the Sunshine Route, the Amazon region, and the colonial churches of Quito and Cuenca are all highlight destinations of this beautiful. There are hundred of places that will leave you in awe.

In the Destinations section, you will find a brief description of each place and its attractions.

8) How much money do I need for my trip in Ecuador?

Ecuador is a relatively cheap country compared to other countries in the region. Here, you will find all kinds of high quality services offered for a wide range of prices.

If you would like to know prices of transportation, lodging, food, and other tourist services, you can visit the Travel Budget page in our Trip Planning section.

9) Where can I find brochures, videos, and maps of Ecuador?

If you would like brochures, videos, and/or maps of Ecuador, you must contact the Ministry of Tourism in Quito.

In the Ministry of Tourism section you will find a link to our Promotional Matierals page where you’ll find a complete list of articles and prices and the contact to order this material.

10) Where can I find statistics of tourist activity in Ecuador?

In the Spanish version of the Ministry section of the web site you will find a link to our Que Hacemos page in which you’ll find links to Tourism-related statistics.

11) Where can I find more information about the Ministry of Tourism?

The Ministry of Tourism is working on many projects to develop tourist activity in Ecuador. In the Ministry section you will find detailed information on these projects, institutional information, and important contacts of the different offices within the Ministry.

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