Because You Need To KnowTravel in Ecuador is often fraught with questions. Feel free to ask and we will provide an answer.
Health Related Questions
Free-wifi is standard in populated locations in Ecuador. In fact, so many Ecuadorians own smartphones and rely on wifi connections to use apps like Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp that restaurant, hotels, and cafes often provide wifi without a password.
Wifi is not standard in less-populated regions, especially those in the remote jungle or cloud forest locations. It can be difficult for repeaters to get a signal within the folds of the high Andes or hundreds of miles away. Some locations are not even cellphone friendly. Most locations will include this information on their websites.
Cellphones in Ecuador work using Sim cards so having a phone with Sim capabilities is key. Your phone also needs to be unlocked. Then, it’s a simple case of choosing which company you would like to work with (generally Claro or Moviestar) and purchasing a Sim card for your phone from one of their offices.
If you are unsure whether your model of phone will work, check out the government list of models and brands that should work.
Technology Related Questions
The CDC provides the best explanation of which vaccines are recommended, as well as other medical concerns, before traveling in Ecuador. But the quick explanation is this:
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccinations like tetanus and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella).
Everyone traveling to Ecuador should get Hep A and Typhoid, no matter your destination.
Only some people need to get Hep B and Rabies. The more remote your travel, the more important these two vaccines.
Only some people need to get the Yellow Fever vaccine. However, Ecuador will ask for proof of vaccination if you are traveling from a country with risk of Yellow Fever.
Only some people need to take Malaria meds. This is most important if you are visiting the Amazon Basin and plan on spending a lot of time outdoors.
Distilled water is called agua destilado. It can be found in some auto parts stores for use in car batteries or in some hardware stores like Kywi.