Welcome to Ecuador, the world's number one exporter of bananas.
Bienvenido a Ecuador , el primer exportador mundial de banano.
NATIONAL LANGUAGE: SPANISH // COUNTRY CAPITAL: QUITO // APPROX POPULATION: 15.74 MILLION // Emergency dial 911, To contact the tourist police in Quito dial 02-2543-983. Standard Visa issue is possible up to 90 days with proof of exit. Have up to $40 available for a possible airport departure tax.
Power outlets and source: Voltage: 120 V, Frequency: 60 Hz, Power sockets: type A / B
Again same rules apply, travelling with a cell phone, be sure it is unlocked if you want to have the opportunity to use a sim card from another country. In Ecuador, Movistar is the common carrier, but Claro seems to have better coverage in remote areas based off the readings I did. The law states that you have to be an Ecuadorian citizen to purchase a SIM card. Most people find a store that will activate it in someone else’s name, and then transfer it to you a few days later. The store will still want identification however, so bring your passport.
Water: Not Potable, drink only filtered bottled water.
Intercontinental and International Travel:
Requires a few bus switches to cross borders, I have yet to find a bus ride direct from like lets say Quito to Cali or Medellin... Here are a few tips I can offer.
Ch urch of the Society of Jesus / La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús: Best known of the capital’s famed cathedrals - Google Maps
(Within a 20 KM Radius)
(Within a 50 KM Radius)
(You will be refused treatment if you fail to present a valid credit card, proof of traveler's insurance coverage, or sufficient funds in cash or checks. This applies even for emergency cases.)
"When we first moved our young family to Cuenca we spoke no Spanish and had no income. Life has been interesting. We write about Ecuador food, things to do, cities, expat life, real estate, animals, plants and Ecuador news. Some of our favorite areas include Cuenca, Quito, Salinas and the Galapagos Islands." -Gringos Abroad-
Ecuador currency: USD
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