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Ecuador

The “Republic of the Equator” was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Colombia and Venezuela). Between 1904 and 1942, Ecuador lost territories in a series of conflicts with its neighbors. A border war with Peru that flared in 1995 was resolved in 1999.

Part of Ecuador’s Territories are the amazing Galapagos Islands. These wonderful islands are part of the world’s and the Ecuadorians’ pride, for this reason we conserve the islands in the best way possible.

16,057,941

276,840 sq km (106,888 sq miles)

Spanish (official), local dialects

US Dollar (official), Sucre

Guayaquil, Quito, Cuenca

Chimborazo Volcano, (6,310 m)

Roman Catholic (95%), Other (5%)

M/C Alia Catamaran 8 Days / 7 Nights – Monday to Monday (A)

4 days / 3 nights
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$8559

M/V Santa Cruz II 5 Day – Dep Mon, Northern Galapagos

5 days / 4 nights
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$5019

M/C Alia Catamaran 5 Days / 4 Nights – Thursday to Monday

5 days / 4 nights
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$5216

M/C Alia Catamaran 4 Days / 3 Nights – Monday to Thursday

4 days / 3 nights
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$4101

M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey 6 Days / 5 Nights – Thursday to Tuesday (C)

6 days / 5 nights
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$6637

M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey 6 Days / 5 Nights – Tuesday to Sunday (A)

6 days / 5 nights
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$6637

M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey 5 Days / 4 Nights – Sunday to Thursday (B)

5 days / 4 nights
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$5309

Galapagos Legend 5 Day Western Islands cruise – Dep Thurs

5 days / 4 nights
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$3822

Galapagos Legend 4 Day North Central Islands – Dep Mon

4 days / 3 nights
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$2866

Galapagos Legend – 8 Day Cruise- Dep Mon to Mon

8 days / 7 nights
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$6217

M/V Santa Cruz II 5 Day – Dep Sat, Eastern Galapagos

5 days / 4 nights
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$1750

M/V Santa Cruz II 6 Day Western Galápagos – Dep Wed

6 days / 5 nights
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$6274

Isabella II 5 Day Southern Galápagos – Dep Fri

5 days / 4 nights
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$4788

Isabella II 5 Day Central Islands- Dep Mon

5 days / 4 nights
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$4998

Isabela II 7 Day Northern Islands -Dep Tue

7 days / 6 nights
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$7497

Anakonda Amazon Cruise 4 Days / 3 Nights Departs Sunday

4 days / 3 nights
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$3430

Anakonda Amazon Cruise 5 Days / 4 Nights Departs Wednesday

5 days / 4 nights
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$4193

M/Y San Jose 8 Day / 7 Night – Northern and Southern Islands – Tuesday Departure

8 days / 7 nights
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$5482

M/Y San Jose 8 Day / 7 Night – Western Islands – Tuesday Departure

8 days / 7 nights
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$5482

M/Y San Jose 5 Day / 4 Night – South Eastern Islands – Friday Departure

5 days / 4 nights
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$3476

M/Y San Jose 4 Day / 3 Night – Eastern Islands -Tuesday Departure

4 days / 3 nights
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$2406

Yolita II 8Day / 7Night – Southern & Eastern Islands – Dep Sunday

4 days / 3 nights
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$5294

Yolita II 5Day / 4Night – South East Islands – Dep Sunday

4 days / 3 nights
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$3446

Yolita II 4 Day / 3 Night – Southern & Central Islands – Dep Thursday

4 days / 3 nights
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$2286

M/Y Reina Silvia Galapagos Yacht – 8 Days – Western Route – Dep Saturday

8 days / 7 nights
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$6042

M/Y Reina Silvia Galapagos Yacht – 8 Days – Eastern Route – Dep Saturday

8 days / 7 nights
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$6042

Rail Journeys Of The Andes – 21 Days/ 20 Nights

21 days / 20 nights
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$12189

Finch Bay Eco Hotel – Land & Sea Programme – 5 Days / 4 Nights

5 days / 4 nights
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$2464

Finch Bay Eco Hotel – Sea Programme – 4 Days / 3 Nights

4 days / 3 nights
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$1697

Finch Bay Eco Hotel – Land Programme – 4 Days / 3 Nights

4 days / 3 nights
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$1606

The Devil’s Nose Train 2 Days / 1 Nights

2 days / 1 nights
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$444

Sacha Lodge (Coca Amazon Jungle Lodge) 4 Days / 3 Nights

4 days / 3 nights
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$1912

Sacha Lodge (Coca Amazon Jungle Lodge) 5 Days / 4 Nights

5 days / 4 nights
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$2269

Island Hopping – 6 Days / 5 Nights

6 days / 5 nights
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$1585

Mashpi Lodge (Equatorial Chocó Bio-Region) 3 Days / 2 Nights

3 days / 2 nights
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$2134

Napo Wildlife Centre (Coca Amazon Jungle Lodge) 4 Days / 3 Nights

4 days / 3 nights
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$1994

Napo Wildlife Centre (Coca Amazon Jungle Lodge) 5 Days / 4 Nights

5 days / 4 nights
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$2358

Pathways Through The Andes 4 Days / 3 Nights

4 days / 3 nights
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$1262

Serenata en Quito Stopover

3 days / 2 nights
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$448

Tren Crucero (Quito – Guayaquil) 4 Days / 3 Nights

4 days / 3 nights
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$2217

More About Ecuador

Business hours are usually Mon-Fri 0830-1630, with some businesses closing during lunch.

Ecuador exists on the equator, but because of varying elevations, the climates are very different throughout the country. The hottest temperatures are in the humid eastern jungle, coming close to 100 °F (37.8 °C). In the mountains, the average annual temperature is a cool 55 °F (12.8 °C). The coast has temperatures between 45-70 °F (7 °-12 °C).

Public phone boxes are scarce at present, but telephone offices can be found everywhere and are cheaper. Also, cellular public phones can be used with a pre-paid card. Mobile phone service is provided by three private companies and coverage is variable.

Ecuador is compact country with good infrastructure and is small enough to be travelled around easily. It has extraordinary geographical and biological diversity ranging from the jungle of the Amazon, windswept highlands, a range of volcanoes to palm fringed beaches. Visitors can see colonial architecture, colourful indigenous markets, traditional feasts and archaeological sites, all part of the rich history of the country. They can experience nature tours, marvel at the bird life, snorkel and dive, trek or take breathtaking climbs amongst the many activities on offer. Since oil was discovered in Ecuador in the 1970s, it has become an increasingly important part of the Ecuadorian economy. The country has 2.1 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, and production in 1999 averaged 379,600 barrels per day (bbl/d). Of this, 152,000 bbl/d were consumed domestically, with the remaining 227,600 bbl/d being exported. The current in Ecuador is 120v, 60Hz. The flat two pin plug is the same as used in U.S.

Taxis are widely available, particularly in larger cities and towns. Fares tend to be low but should be negotiated in advance. Increasingly popular, cycling is a good, if somewhat strenuous way of seeing Ecuador. Ecuador’s bus and coach service is extensive and affordable. The road quality can be poor due to pot holes and a lack of signage.

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