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In Quito and the highlands the weather is very unpredictable. You can live the four seasons in one day. During June, July and August the weather is sunnier but windy. During the rest of the year you need warmer clothing such as what you would wear during the fall. A raincoat or jacket is useful all year long, since at night it gets pretty chilly.

You could wear summer clothing all year long. During the rainy months, December to May, the weather stills very warm. During the months of June through November the weather is cloudy and a bit colder.

You could wear comfortable walking shoes and casual clothing. Shorts, t-shirts and summer clothing will be just fine. Don’t forget a hat, a camera, sun block, and a bathing suit. During the months of June to November the weather is cloudy and a bit colder.

You could wear clothing suitable for rain. If you can get a raincoat (poncho), take it with you, as well as several sets of light pants and long sleeve shirts. Shorts are less useful because of the insects and abundant vegetation that you will walk through on your excursions. A hat, rubber boots and insect repellent are also a must.

Main cities (Guayaquil, Quito, and Cuenca) have local airports serviced by the local airlines: Tame, Aerogal and Latam, in addition to international airlines. Bus lines offer land transportation throughout the country. Each city has its own terminal, with frequent departures to each one of the different provinces of Ecuador.

The minimum rate throughout the country is $1,50. A 10 minute ride is approximately $4 to $8, depending on the distance covered in this time.

• Don’t walk at night in badly lit areas.
• Leave documentation and valuable things in your hotel room or in the safety deposit boxes.
• Carry your backpack at the front, especially if you are carrying a photo camera.
• Whenever you sit at a coffee shop, restaurant, phone booth or any open space, keep your things next to you.
• Be aware if someone comes suspiciously too close to you.
• Don’t allow any stranger to enter into your room.
• It’s recommended not to visit any plaza too late at night.
• If you travel on a bus, don’t receive any candy or papers from strangers.
• When you are at the airport, pay special attention to your belongings.
• Don’t let strangers offer you accommodation. Consult a travel agency.

Visitors can stay up to 90 days withouth a visa.

$100 for international visitors / Comunidad Andina or Mercosur $50.

In order to have a better control of visitors and migration to the islands, INGALA, the Ecuadorian institution that controls migration to the islands, introduced a visitor control card. The control card has a cost of $100, which must be canceled at the INGALA counters located in Quito and Guayaquil airports.