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Ecuador

Ecuador is located in South America and has a population of 13.8 million people. The country itself is divided by the equator, with one half laying in southern hemisphere and the other in the northern, and is further divided into three distinct geological regions; Sierra, Oriente and Costa. Ecuador is also the keeper of the mysterious Galapagos Islands. Ecuador offers everything from the Amazon rainforest, the Andean volcanoes, tropical cloud forest and the Pacific coastline. All of this, in the second smallest country in South America, means that Ecuador has one of the most naturally diverse and strange landscapes, flora and fauna around, making this country feel like a universe all of its own. The official language of Ecuador is Spanish; however other indigenous languages are also common.

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Best time to travel

The weather in Ecuador varies greatly, with a wet equatorial climate on the coast and in the Amazon, but the higher you go, the cooler it gets. Ecuador is a year-round destination, but the highland areas are best visited in the dry season (June through to September). Due the diversity, each region, and the Galapagos, do have their prime visiting times.

Money and costs

The national currency of Ecuador is the US Dollar (USD, symbol US$). Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool.

Visas

Visas are not required by nationals from the USA, Canada, UK and Australia for stays of up to 90 days. It must also be noted that a measles vaccination certificate is required by all tourists travelling from Germany and Italy.

Getting there

The main airports for entry to Ecuador are in Quito and Guayaquil, and flights take just over 9 hours from New York.

Dialling codes

To call Ecuador, the country dialling code is +593.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on Ecuador at:

Lonely Planet - www.lonelyplanet.com/​ecuador

Ecuador Embassy in the USA - www.ecuador.org/​main.htm

Ecuador Embassy in the UK - ecuador.embassyhomepage.com

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Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011