Local making a symbolic Panama hat in Cuenca Ecuador

What do I need to know about Ecuador?

Currency

The official unit of currency in Ecuador is the US Dollar. The easiest and best way to get cash is from an ATM. Visa, Mastercard and Amex are accepted.

Photography

Guests must ensure that they bring sufficient memory cards and batteries as these may not be readily available.
Guests must remember to ask permission before taking a photograph of any local resident. South Americans are renowned for being friendly; however it is courteous to ask permission before snapping away.

Passport and Visa requirements

Guests are advised to check with their consulate for the latest visa information. It is a mandatory requirement that guests travel to South America with at least two blank passport pages per country visited and that their passport is valid for 6 months after the date of travel. If there is insufficient space in the passport, entry into a country could be denied. We advise you make copies of all your important documents (visa, passport, credit cards, air tickets, etc.). In case they are misplaced as it will make replacing them much easier.

No visas are required for U.S. citizens or citizens of most other countries. There are exceptions for some Asian, Central American and European countries.

Luggage allowance

Carry-on baggage: 8 kilos – 17 pounds
Checked baggage allowance: 23 kilos – 50 pounds (1 bag)

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