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For your safety and convenience, we recommend that you exercise caution (as you would in any part of the world). Do not bring large amounts of cash (the city and the larger towns have ATMs) or expensive jewelry. The Ecuadorian Chamber of Tourism recommends:

  • Use only the authorized taxis from the hotel taxi stand, and those that are clearly identified.
  • Never leave your personal belongings unattended.
  • Always carry a photocopy of your passport, showing your photograph and the date you entered the country. Leave the original in the safety deposit box of the hotel.
  • Keep your airline ticket, important documents, and cash and travelers checks in the hotel safety box.
  • Don’t wear valuable jewelry and carry only the amount of money you’ll need for each day.
  • Guard valuable items you are carrying, such as cameras and video cameras. Put your wallet in your front pocket and carry your purse crosswise, especially when visiting the markets.


Packing Tips

For the Tropics: Pack shorts, light cotton clothes that may dry fast (no Jeans), bathing suit, and some nice resort wear for the evenings, a light jacket is recommended.

For the City: Men wear pants (jeans are OK), and women should wear skirts, pants or Bermuda length shorts. During the evening hours, men should wear nice slacks and shirt (sports jacket is optional), and women will feel comfortable in nicer casual evening attire. A light jacket or sweater is also recommended.

For the High Country: Pack long pants, under shirts, flannel shirts, Parka or nice warm jacket, wool socks and whatever you feel you will wear if you were going to play in the snow (just do not over pack).

For the Jungle: Long sleeve cotton shirts, long pants, and comfortable cotton clothes.

For all activities: Wearing a hat, sun visor, or cap is strongly recommended. Good walking shoes or hiking boots are best when exploring by foot. For wet landings during cruise, tennis shoes (that can get wet) or good hiking shoes (no hard soles or high heels allowed). Sun screen lotion (high SPF and waterproof), camera, and sun glasses with a string or strap, a plastic bag for dirty clothes, binoculars, and insect repellent.

Packing soft sided luggage with wheels will make traveling around much easier. Most hotels have laundry service available for guests. We have found that traveling light makes for a more enjoyable adventure.

When packing remember, international flights may have and enforce luggage weight restrictions.

Should you need additional information or have other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to assist you!

Clothing & Packing

City Attire: Even though Quito is an informal and casual city, we recommend men to wear pants (jeans are OK), and ladies should wear skirts, pants or Bermuda length shorts. For the evening meal, men should wear nice slacks, shirt and sweater (sport jacket is optional), and women will feel comfortable in a nicer casual evening attire, and a shawl. Formal attire is only used when conducting business.

The highland areas can be cold, and it is best to dress in layers, wear a sweater over a shirt and T-shirt since the day begins and ends quite cool but at midday it becomes warm. For the jungle and the islands loose-fitting shirts and long pants are essential. If you plan to hike in the jungle make sure you bring rain gear, and two pair of boots or hiking shoes, since one pair can be worn while the other dries from the previous day use. Since Ecuador lies on the Equatorial Line, the sun is direct and strong.

It is highly recommended that you bring a high SPF sun block, sunglasses, and a hat or cap. Do not forget to bring plenty of film or a large capacity memory stick. Flying within Ecuador has a luggage weight limit of 55 lbs. per person. If you are taking medication always carry it with you rather than putting it in your suitcase.

Art of Traveling

Dear EcoAmerica Traveler:

On behalf of the staff of EcoAmerica Tours, we wish you a most pleasant experience while traveling with us. You can be certain that we have put a lot of effort and hard work into the planning of your travel arrangements and so will be with your travel execution. It is our goal to have you enjoy a trouble-free adventure.

Since we know firsthand every one of the destinations and attractions included in your travel program, we invite you to select the pertinent country on the menu to your left, where you will find what we think is the general information and some useful recommendations that would make your trip even more secure, enjoyable, and unforgettable!

To start, we want to share with you what we all at EcoAmerica Tours consider the Art of Traveling:

Travel Lightly – You are not traveling for people to see you.

Travel Expectantly – Every place you visit is like a surprise package to be opened. Untie the strings with an expectation of high adventure.

Travel Hopefully – “To travel hopefully”, wrote Robert Louis Stevenson, “is better than to arrive.”

Travel Humbly – Visit people and places with reverence and respect for their traditions and way of life.

Travel Courteously – Consideration for your fellow travelers and your hosts will smooth the way through the most difficult days.

Travel Gratefully – Show appreciation for the many things that are being done by others for your enjoyment and comfort.

Travel with an Open Mind – Leave your prejudices at home.

Travel with Curiosity – It is not how far you go, but how deeply you go that mines the gold of experience. Thoreau wrote a big book about tiny Walden Pond.

Travel with Imagination – As the old Spanish proverb puts it, “He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry the wealth of the Indies with him.”

Travel Fearlessly – Banish worry and timidity; the world and its people belong to you just as you belong to the world.

Travel Relaxed – Make up your mind to have a good time. Let go and let God.

Travel Patiently – It takes time to understand others, especially when there are barriers of language and custom; keep flexible and adaptable to all situations.

Travel with the Spirit of a World Citizen – You’ll discover that people are basically much the same the world over. Be an ambassador of good will to all people.

Thank you for choosing us for your travel arrangements and have a wonderful vacation!

The EcoAmerica Tours Team