Ecuador´s Capital, Quito, was once part of the famous Inca Empire. Now, it is the home of the best preserved colonial architecture in the continent. Located in South America, it is bordered by Colombia, Peru and the Pacific Ocean. The Galapagos Islands are part of the Republic of Ecuador and are a sanctuary for a great variety of species. Ecuador´s Amazon jungles, tropical forests and beautiful beaches make it a favorite destination for tourist from all over the world.
Ecuador Medical Tourism Fame
Ecuador´s health care providers use high health standards to provide a safe and pleasant experience to medical tourists. Some of the most popular services provided are Plastic surgery, Orthopedics, Bariatric Surgery and Dental procedures. ISO certified Hospitals with the latest technology assure patients an unforgettable medical care experience.
The official language of Ecuador is Spanish. Quechua and other pre-colonial languages are also spoken. English is widely understood by the majority of citizens across the capital and tourist areas.
Although Ecuador is not a large country there are a variety of climates depending on the altitude. In the Pacific coast area you will find a tropical climate with a rainy season that intensifies in March. The Amazon area of the country has a typical rain forest climate conditions. In the Andean highlands the climate is usually dry and windy.
There is a cold and dry season which is mostly felt in the mountain regions from May to October; and a warm and humid season coming from the tropical zones that can be felt from November to April. In the capital, Quito, the climate is quite comfortable and normal to light clothing is recommended.
Visa / Entrance Requirements
Travelers entering Ecuador will be required to present a T3 card (available upon arrival at borders and airports), in addition to a valid passport. You will automatically receive a 90-day tourist visa. If you want to stay longer, extensions - up to three additional months - can easily be arranged at the immigration office in Quito.
Airlines Servicing this Destination
- American Airlines
- Air France
- Continental Airlines
- Korean Airlines
- Grupo TACA
- United Airlines
Hotel rooms in Ecuador range from $15 - $70 per night depending on the hotel and its amenities. More luxurious hotels range from $100 to $300 and can go up to $400 and more depending on their 4-5 star ratings.
The currency of Ecuador is the United States Dollar. It was accepted on March 2000 replacing the Sucre. $1 US Dollar = 25,000 Sucres.
Country Code is (593).
In order to call to Ecuador you must dial 011 (in the United States) followed by Ecuador's country code (593), followed by the city code (listed below), and finally the number (seven digits for calls to Quito, Guayaquil, and cell phone numbers, and six digits for calls to the rest of Ecuador).
Pinchincha (Quito) - 2
Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, Pastaza, Chimborazo, Bolívar - 3
Guayas (Guayaquil) - 4
Galápagos, Los Ríos, Manabí - 5
Carchi, Esmeraldas, Imbabura, Napo, Orellana, Sucumbíos - 6
Azuay (Cuenca), Cañar, El Oro, Loja, Morona, Zamora - 7
All cellular phones – 9
Cyber-cafes are widely available in major cities and towns. Many hotels and private hospitals throughout the country offer Broadband Internet connection.
Emergency Telephone Numbers
U.S. Embassy in Ecuador: Tel: 2562890. Fax: 2502052.
Address: 12 de Octubre and Patria.
Canada Embassy in Ecuador: Tel & Fax: 2506162 / 2232114.
Address: 6 de Diciembre 2816 and Paul Rivet, Josueth Gonzales Building, Of. 4-N.
Tourism in Ecuador is simply amazing. The famous Galapagos Islands boast serene tropical landscapes, and offer some of the world´s best scuba diving experiences with incredible flora and fauna. The weather here is mild and comfortable, perfect for relaxation or adventure.
Ecuador´s volcanoes are just as impressive. In Cotopaxi National Park you have the scenery of the world´s tallest active volcano. Along other glacier covered volcanoes Ecuador brings you spectacular views.
On the eastern part of the country lies the Amazon Jungle. This region is commonly known as the Amazon Basin. There are thousands of species such as orchids, butterflies, monkeys, bats, parrots, caimans and river dolphins. The jungle is characterized by heavy rains and high levels of humidity. The abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery will leave you amazed.
Also make sure you visit some of Ecuador´s Ruins like the Ingapirca Ruins. They are a direct testimony of how the Incas lived. They stand as the most important archeological treasures of Ecuador.
You will find good prices and fine goods in Ecuador. There are several Shopping centers in Quito as well as other cities like Cuenca. These are mostly frequented by mid to high class Ecuadorians as well as tourism visitors.
There are several markets where you can find a wide assortment of exotic vegetables, fruits, hats and crafts. These open air markets will bring you a warm social atmosphere of selling, buying and getting to know the local villagers.
Nightlife and the Arts
Nightlife in Ecuador is a tropical and exotic experience. Quito´s bars and “discotecas” range from pure Salsa to rave parties. These will easily close until dawn and you will enjoy a great tropical party night. There are fine restaurants, classy English style pubs and karaoke bars that will suit your partying tastes.
If you are more interested in arts rather than partying all night, make sure and visit Quito´s museums. The Colonial Art Museum was a colonial house built in the 16th century and holds a collection of Ecuador´s history. There are also some Military Museums that present historic artifacts of the colonial times.
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