Ecuador is South American country between Peru and Colombia. The little country is 283,561 square kilometers in size, but has diverse geography and so offers a lot to explore. Geographically is divided in 4 main regions: La Costa – coast, La Sierra – Andes, Galapagos Island and El Oriente – Amazon. The country’s capital is Quito, city built in colonial style and 2 850 meters above sea level. Little Ecuador Travel Guide will save you money and time, so you can fully enjoy your trip.
Coins – Ecuador’s official currency is U.S. Dollar and all notes are american currency. But coins are U.S cents and ecuadorian centavos, both have same value and are completely interchangeable. But it may take time to get use to it. On top, very often you will receive Sacajawea 1 Dollar coin as a change.
Small change – Avoid situation to have bills only over 20$. Almost anyone will accept it especially in small towns. Most of the time you will have 5$ max 10$ bills.
Carry less cash – There’s no sense to carry whole budget in your pocket. Instead withdraw chash when you need from ATM machine. ATM is easy to find also in small towns.
Don’t pay with Credit / Debit cards – Just a few shops accept cards and usage is not practical. You will be asked to provide more details as your name, date of birth, confirm with ID and cashier will spend some time filling out some form. This may take 5 minutes of your time, so this payment option is not for regular purchases.
Accommodation – cheap and very easy to find, free rooms.
Budget hotel rooms: $10-$15 /person person
Hostel: $5 – $10 / person
Camp: $5 / tent
Street food: $2-$4
Inexpensive restaurant: $3-$7
Local beer: $1 or more (on the beach about $2)
Wine: from $7 per bottle in store
Rum: from $8 per bottle in store
Bus between regions: $1-$2 of ride per hour
City transport: $0.25-$1 per one ride
Taxi: $10 per 20 minutes