Ecuador

Capital Quito

Population 16,545,799

Area 276,841 km2

Key facts

Ecuador is a country located in South America. There are 2 countries (Colombia, Peru) that Ecuador shares its borders with. The official language of Ecuador is Spanish. Traveling across Ecuador if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Ecuador was ranked 90th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Ecuador is United States dollar (USD). The dollar ($) is subdivided into 100 cent (¢).

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 0.97 USD.

Ecuadorean
Banknotes

$1$5$10$20$50$1002$

Ecuadorean
Coins

10¢25¢$150¢

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Ecuador is 58.38 Mbps and mobile is 25.58 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density No data available.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Ecuador, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Ecuador. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines.

Type A 120 V, 60 Hz  Type B 120 V, 60 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2022, Ecuador will celebrate 11 national public holidays. The next one Independence of Guayaquil will take place on October 9.

DateHoliday name
January 1, 2022New Year's DayAño Nuevo
February 28, 2022Moving holidayCarnivalCarnaval
March 1, 2022Moving holidayCarnivalCarnaval
April 15, 2022Moving holidayGood FridayGood Friday
May 1, 2022International Workers' DayInternational Workers' Day
May 24, 2022The Battle of PichinchaBatalla de Pichincha
August 10, 2022Declaration of Independence of QuitoPrimer Grito de Independencia
October 9, 2022Independence of GuayaquilIndependencia de Guayaquil
November 2, 2022All Souls' DayDía de los Difuntos, Día de Muertos
November 3, 2022Independence of CuencaIndependencia de Cuenca
December 25, 2022Christmas DayDía de Navidad

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Ecuador?

There are no Mariott hotels in Ecuador.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Ecuador.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Ecuador.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Ecuador.

There are Radisson hotels in 2 cities: Guayaquil and Quito.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Ecuador.

What fast food chains are present in Ecuador?

Encebollado, Fritada, Guatitas, are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Ecuador. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Ecuador below.

The McDonald's chain operates in Ecuador.

The KFC chain operates in Ecuador.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Ecuador.

The Subway chain operates in Ecuador.

The Domino's Pizza chain operates in Ecuador.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Ecuador.

Weather

Today the sun in Quito, rises at 5:59 AM and sets at 6:08 PM. The climate of Quito may be categorized as a Marine west coast (Cfb), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodaySep 29ThunderstormLow: 5.2°C (41.36°F)High: 20.2°C (68.36°F)
FridaySep 30Rain showersLow: 7.7°C (45.86°F)High: 19.2°C (66.56°F)
SaturdayOct 1FogLow: 9.3°C (48.74°F)High: 18.7°C (65.66°F)
SundayOct 2OvercastLow: 9.9°C (49.82°F)High: 20.6°C (69.08°F)
MondayOct 3OvercastLow: 6.7°C (44.06°F)High: 21.1°C (69.98°F)
TuesdayOct 4ThunderstormLow: 7.2°C (44.96°F)High: 20.5°C (68.9°F)

Weather data for Quito (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 8 cities. Bolt is available only in one city: Guayaquil.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Ecuador.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 4.0, Ecuador is placed 89th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Ecuador traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  96.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 20.10 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Ecuador

911 Police
911 Ambulance
911 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Decriminalized up to 10g
Medical usage: Legal

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Ecuador?

Currently, citizens of 165 countries can enter Ecuador without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival. Please note that you may be needed to get an electronic visa before arriving.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Ecuador.

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