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Guide to Latin America

A comprehensive guide to Latin America

Latin America is a region of the Americas where Romance languages are primarily spoken. The region is home to some of the world’s most famous landmarks, including Rio de Janeiro and Machu Picchu.

The countries in Latin America have a lot of natural beauty and culture to offer. You can find beaches, rainforests, deserts and more. There are many cities that have been preserved as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Latin America has a rich history that can be seen in its architecture, art, literature and music. It also has some great food with influences from around the world.

Listed from A to Z, we want to give you some vital information to guide you through our Latin American destinations: Ecuador, the Galapagos, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela & Costa Rica.

Airport -Taxis

Airport -Taxis in: Ecuador Quito Prices for airport taxis are fixed when you go from/to Quito airport. Outside the terminal, you will find licensed taxis that can only charge a […]

Almuerzo, the most important meal of the day

Almuerzos are everywhere! Around almost every corner in Ecuadorian cities and villages, you can find the most delicious almuerzos. Restaurants open up just before noon and close in the afternoon, […]

Altitude Sickness / Soroche

Altitude sickness (Soroche), the mildest form of acute mountain sickness, is the negative health effect of high altitude, caused by exposure to low amounts of oxygen at high elevation. Symptoms […]

Apps

Useful apps to keep on your phone while traveling. Nowadays technology has become an indispensable tool in people’s daily lives, the multiple uses offered by Apps make daily tasks easier […]

Biodiversity

What is biodiversity? It is the variety of life on Earth, in all its forms and all its interactions. If that sounds bewilderingly broad, that’s because it is. Biodiversity is […]

Carbon Calculator

A carbon footprint calculator is a critical tool for determining the influence of a person’s actions on global warming. Try it out!

Climate

ECUADOR Ecuador is a year-round destination. So generally it’s climate makes it absolutely possible to travel to all regions all year long. Its location directly on the equator makes the […]

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Electricity

ECUADOR Standard electricity supply is 110V/60Hz. The sockets are for 2 flat prongs, the same as in the USA. Use a surge protector for your expensive equipment. An international plug […]

Emergency numbers

In case of an unfortunate event, you can always call the following emergency numbers: For ECUADOR: Local:: 911  National police: 101 Fire Department: 102 Red Cross / Ambulance / Crisis: […]

Flights to the Galapagos

Be aware that there’s two different prices when you book flights to the Galapagos islands. One is the price for locals, both Ecuadorians and temporary or permanent residents, that have […]

Health risks

Altitude sickness In areas higher than 2500m you should keep a close look at your health and well-being, since altitude sickness is common up here. You might be lightheaded and […]

Identification and Passports

ECUADOR In Ecuador you have to carry some kind of identification with you. By law. Either the passport or a national ID. Copies of the passport as an acceptable substitute […]

Impaired travelers

  IMPAIRED TRAVELERS IN ECUADOR Unfortunately, Ecuador’s infrastructure is limited for impaired travelers. Lenin Moreno, the country’s president from 2017 to 2021, being dependent on a wheelchair himself since the […]

Insurance

This is important information for traveling to Ecuador, Colombia, Peru or any other destination for that matter: It’s essential to have a valid travel health insurance for possible illness or […]

Internet

Internet access in Ecuador – Peru – Colombia Wifi is widely available. Hotels, restaurants, bars usually offer free wifi, just ask for the password (clave). In case you need an […]

Laundry

Doing laundry in Ecuador – Peru – Colombia Many hotels, hostels, haciendas and lodges offer laundry service. Also most towns will have a laundry (lavanderia), where your clothes are washed, […]

Maps

This post is universal for all our destinations! Make sure to download maps to your phone, in case you get lost in a city and need to quickly find the […]

Money

ECUADOR The US dollar is the currency in Ecuador. Bills are accepted usually only up to 20$, so better don’t bring any bigger money into the country. Ecuadorian coins are […]

Religion

ECUADOR Ecuador has freedom of religion. The main religion in Ecuador is the roman-catholic faith. There are other smaller populations of christian faith, like Adventists, Evangelicals or Mormons. Also, there’s […]

Safety

ECUADOR Ecuador has a reputation of being one of the safer Latin American countries, so you don’t have to be too concerned about your safety. Still, it’s necessary to keep […]

Time zone(s)

Time zones in our destinations are pretty straight-forward. Here is a short list of all the differences and changes you need to know. Ecuador Mainland time zone is GMT/UTC minus […]

Tipping

Tipping In Latin America: It’s your personal decision whether to give something extra or not, but keep in mind that many people in the service industry in Ecuador make minimum […]

Transport

Air travel: Ecuador has 2 international airports for in- and outbound transport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito (IATA:UIO) is located roughly 35km east of the city. José Joaquín de […]

Vaccinations

ECUADOR Before your trip, consult a doctor about any new vaccinations or boosters that might be needed. Additionally to the standard  shots for Yellow Fever and rabies are commonly recommended, […]

Visa

ECUADOR Most nationalities, including citizens from the EU, US, Canada, Great Britain and Australia don’t need a visa but only a passport valid for more than 6 months. Most airlines […]

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi in Latin America OK, this is kind of a big deal for most travellers. First of all: Internet access is widely available in South America. When you come to […]

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