Travel Planning for your Stay in Ecuador


Flight

The north of Ecuador is served by the Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre situated in the capital Quito, whereas the airport in Guayaquil serves most southern parts of the country. There is no non-stop flight from Germany to Ecuador. Stopovers are often made in the USA depending on the executing airline.

Recommended airlines:

  • LAN
  • KLM
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines

Passport

For the entry to Ecuador, a passport which is valid the next 6 months, is required. German citizens can entry the country for a stay of 90 days without applying for a visa. You should pay attention not to travel with a damaged passport as the border patrol could reject your entry. If you are planning to stay longer, you should contact the Ecuadorian consulate in Germany before you start your trip to get detailed information.

Vaccination

The Department of Foreign Affairs recommends an immunisation protection against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, if necessary mumps, measles, rubella and influenza. Hepatitis A is recommended as well. If you consider a longer stay, you should also get an immunisation against hepatitis B, hydrophobia and typhus. Further information can be found on the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs, at the appropriate country information for Ecuador.

Insurance

For the time of your internship or voluntary, you are required to have a valid overseas health insurance. Before concluding any insurance, you should inform yourself accurately about the offered insurance benefits and especially if a return transport to Germany is guaranteed. Studentsgoabroad recommends: ADAC and MLP.

Climate

As a result of the different heights (0 to 6000m), there are heavy regional differences in temperatures. However, there are only two seasons - rainy season and dry season. At the cost of Ecuador it is mostly cloudy with average temperatures of 30°C and the rain season is short (January till April). At the plateau, the rain season lasts from January till June. Being situated 1000 km west of Ecuador, the Galápagos-Islands are unusually dry and from January until April temperatures are very high. Therefore, you need to take suitable clothes depending on your destination and period of travelling.