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Before you Travel to Ecuador: Tips & advice

Documentation: A valid passport is required
for travel to Ecuador and the Amazon Jungle.
Most tourists are allowed to stay up 90 days.
Please check with the Ecuadorian consulate
or embassy in your country to see if you need
a visa to enter Ecuador.

Arriving in Ecuador: On your flight to Ecuador
you will fill out a T3 Tourist Information Card that
will be handed, together with your passport, to
the immigration officer upon arrival at the Passport Control area. Have your flight tickets ready if they ask for them. If asked about the purpose of the trip tell the officials that you are on vacation. A copy of the T3 form will be returned to you along with your passport. Please keep it in a safe place since you will be required to turn it in when you leave the country. You will then proceed to the baggage claim area to claim your checked luggage and clear customs. Your bags will usually be inspected. After leaving customs, you will be met by a tour representative for an airport transfer to your hotel.

Safety and Security: It is recommended that you make two photocopies of your passport ID page, airline ticket, tour documents, traveler's check ID numbers and airline itinerary. Leave one at home with friends or relatives and take the other copy with you, keeping the copies separate from the originals. While you travel in Ecuador always carry your passport with you since it is a legal requirement and you could be asked for it at any time. You will also need it when changing money or paying with traveler's checks. Always be careful in Ecuador - keep a watchful eye over your belongings and never leave your belongings unattended.

Money: The local currency is US dollars. MasterCard is widely accepted in Ecuador, VISA is also widely accepted in Quito. Please note that there is a 10% service charge on all credit card payments within Ecuador. Bank hours in Quito are Monday to Friday 9h00am - 16h00pm. There are several money exchange businesses in Quito.

Telephone Service: Depending where you are in the Amazon Jungle you will have cellular communication, mostly in the main cities. Some Amazon Lodges have satelite phones and/or internet service for emergency use. To make a call once you have arrived on the Ecuadorian mainland, it is recommended to use calling cards or go to an internet cafe, since calls made from your hotel can be very expensive. In Quito there are many Internet cafes with cheap email and net-phone service.

Electricity: 110 VAC.

Language: In Ecuador the main language is Spanish. In the main tourist attractions people do speak english.

Food and Water: Please be careful about eating uncooked food, including vegetables and peeled fruit. It is better to drink bottled water or desalinated water. Almost all the restaurants are careful about using clean or bottled water and recognizing good sanitation but it is better to avoid any health problem. All the services we offer are perfectly select and follow all sanitary details.

Reconfirmation of International Flights: It is extremely important to re-confirm your international flights. If you will be staying in Quito after your Amazon tour, make sure to reconfirm. Let us know if you will catch your international flight immediately after returning from the Amazon Jungle so we can reconfirm your flight for you.

Luggage: There is a luggage allowance of 20 kilos (one piece of luggage) and 2 small carry-ons on flights to and from the Amazon Jungle. Any additional piece can be left at your hotel. TAME charges approximately US$2 for each extra kilo but will be sent only if the airline permits it. Please note that TAME flights do not always have overhead compartments and the carry-ons should fit under the seat.

Quito

Quito: Quito is at an altitude of 2,870 meters (approx. 8500 feet). Quito's Mariscal Sucre Airport is located 10 km north of the major hotel and shopping area.

Climate: Days are warm, usually around 21° Celsius. Nights are cooler, dropping to 10° Celsius. The rainy season is from October to May.

Shopping and Restaurants: The main street is Avenida Rio Amazonas, which starts at the Hotel Hilton Colon at Parque El Ejido and runs north all the way to the airport. For the best shopping, stay between Av. Amazonas and Juan Leon Mera, where there are many shops selling arts, craft jewelry, clothes and leather goods. A good variety of restaurants are in this area as well.

What to Bring: Wear comfortable springtime clothing during the day and a sweater or coat during the evening. There are chances of showers, thus a rain parka and a jacket or sweater will always be needed.

Continental Ecuador

Continental Ecuador: In the highlands, it is spring-like most of the year, although cold and rainy in the winter months from December to April. Dry months are from May through October when the temperatures are around 70 F (10-15 C) during the evening. The Coasts: The average temperature is 83 F (28 C), with the hot, rainy season from November to May and the dry season from June to December. In the Jungle the climate is humid, warm and quite rainy.

What to Bring: Warm, winter-like clothing is essential.

Other

Tipping: At the end of the tour, guide and crew are tipped separately, if passengers feel it is appropriate.
Departure Tax: There is a US$40.80 departure tax on international flights from Quito and a US$27 departure tax from Guayaquil.

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