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 1.07 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 66.78 Mbps and mobile is 28.56 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 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 2023, Ecuador will celebrate 11 national public holidays.

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

Tourism

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 no Radisson hotels in Ecuador.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Ecuador.

What fast food chains are present in Ecuador?

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

What is the weather like in Quito?

Today the sun in Quito, rises at 6:23 AM and sets at 6:32 PM. The climate of Quito may be categorized as a Marine west coast (Cfb), according to Koppen’s classification system.

WednesdayFeb 8Rain showersLow: 6.8°C (44.24°F)High: 21.2°C (70.16°F)
TodayFeb 9Rain showersLow: 6.7°C (44.06°F)High: 21.2°C (70.16°F)
FridayFeb 10Rain showersLow: 8°C (46.4°F)High: 20.6°C (69.08°F)
SaturdayFeb 11FogLow: 7.9°C (46.22°F)High: 20.3°C (68.54°F)
SundayFeb 12Rain showersLow: 8.3°C (46.94°F)High: 18.1°C (64.58°F)
MondayFeb 13Rain showersLow: 7.8°C (46.04°F)High: 20.3°C (68.54°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

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