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Ecuador Holidays,  Ecuador Holiday Packages Overview

Located in South America, Ecuador is a small country with a dazzling range of attractions, from breathtakingly high Andes and Amazon rainforests to Kichwa villages and colonial centres. Ecuador has several UNESCO listed sites. It is home to the world famous Galapagos Islands, Catopaxi volcano and Cuenca city.

Ecuador's culture can be experienced in the beautiful historic centres of Cuenca and Quito. Listed as World Heritage Sites, these centres feature beautiful plazas, restored mansions, cobblestoned streets, 17th century monasteries and churches.

Beyond these cities is a landscape that is startlingly diverse and includes markets, beautiful sunsets, and shamans in remote settlements, Andean villages and Afro-Ecuadorian towns. Trekking in the Andes Mountains is like stepping into a different world with rolling fields, brooks and small villages, snow covered mountains and volcanoes.

Ecuador's diverse landscapes offer many adventures including horseback riding, hiking, surfing and white water rafting. Wildlife watching in the Amazon rainforest is a surreal experience. The forests are home to anacondas, river dolphins, toucans, sloths, monkeys and a wide range of birds.

The Mindo area with the premontane cloud forest is very biologically rich and home to over 350 bird species. The highlight of Ecuador is the well known Galapagos Islands. The islands offer otherworldly, volcanic landscapes that attract wildlife lovers from every part of the world. The islands are home to many unusual species like blue-footed boobies, sea lions, marine iguanas and massive tortoises.

Ecuador's diverse range of attractions provides a rich experience to people of all age groups.

Tourist Offices - Ministry of Tourism, Quito: +593 (0)2 250 7559 or www.vivecuador.com

 

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Entry Requirements

 

All visitors should hold an onward or return ticket. All members of the Sikh religion regardless of nationality require a passport valid for six months and a visa.


- For Australians - Australians must take a passport valid for at least 90 days on arrival. No visa is necessary for stays of up to 90 days per year.


- New Zealanders require a passport valid for 90 days on arrival. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days per year.


- US nationals must hold a passport valid for at least 90 days upon arrival. No visa is necessary for stays of up to 90 days per year.


- US nationals must hold a passport valid for at least 90 days upon arrival. No visa is necessary for stays of up to 90 days per year.


- UK nationals must hold a passport valid for at least 90 days upon arrival. An entry stamp is issued on arrival, which is valid for 90 days. Extensions are possible.

 

Ecuador Holidays - Currency of Ecuador

 

The US Dollar (USD) is the official currency in Ecuador. In 2000 the sucre was replaced by the dollar as the legal currency, but despite dollarization, the sucre will likely persist in rural areas for a while longer. It is recommended that travellers bring both US dollar notes and travellers cheques as other foreign currencies are difficult to exchange outside of Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. Small denominations in good condition are the easiest to exchange outside of the main cities. In the main centres most currencies can be exchanged at banks and exchange houses (casas de cambio) at variable commission rates. ATMs are available in the cities, and major credit cards are accepted in tourist areas and large hotels although a commission of 6-8% is often charged.

 

Ecuador Telephone Access Codes and Communications

 

The international access code for Ecuador is +593. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). The city code for Quito is (0)2. Calls made from hotel rooms can be very expensive, but public telephones can be found in most public buildings in the main cities; the most cost-effective way to telephone internationally is from call centres, which are located in most towns and cities. They also offers fax services and sometimes Internet connections, but Internet cafes are available in the main towns. The local GSM cell phone network does not have roaming agreements with international operators; European, Australian and other phones from non-GSM cell phone networks will not work, but cell phones can be rented at the international airports or at cellular phone shops.

 

Ecuador Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

 

Travellers entering Ecuador do not have to pay customs duty on 300 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 200g tobacco; 1 litre of alcoholic beverages; perfume for personal use; and gifts and personal effects to the value of US$200 for a stay of up to 7 days, US$300 for 8 days to six months, and US$400 for stays of six months to two years.

 

Ecuador Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

 

A 10% charge is usually added to good quality hotel and restaurant bills. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped. Tour guides usually receive a discretionary tip from the group.

 

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