Travel guide

Welcome to the smallest country in the Andes!

Setting foot in Ecuador will be one of your most memorable travel experiences in South America! It’s all there: the Pacific coast with its beaches, the Andes mountain range and the Ecuadorian Amazon for the more adventurous. A rich landscape, a sometimes chaotic nature, but an exceptional biodiversity. And let’s not forget the Galapagos Islands, off the Pacific coast.

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How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Good morning/Good evening = Buenos días / Buenas tardes
  • How are you? = Cómo esta ?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Muy bien, gracias, y usted ?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Habla frances / inglés ?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Entiendo / No entiendo
  • Sorry = Perdón
  • Goodbye = Adios
  • Welcome = Bienvenida
  • Thank you (very much) = Muchas gracias
  • Excuse me = Discúlpame
  • I am French = Soy Frances
  • My name is… = Me llamo…
  • No thanks = No gracias
  • Yes/No = Sí / No
  • You’re welcome = De nada

Key figures

Surface area: 283 560 km²

16.62 million inhabitants (2017)


Up-to-date vaccinations :

  • diphtheria-tetanus-polio (DTP)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

Vaccination against yellow fever is strongly recommended, and is also required for travellers entering the country from countries where it is endemic.

Depending on local travel conditions, vaccinations against typhoid fever and viral hepatitis A and B may be recommended.

Depending on local travel conditions, vaccination against bacterial meningitis may be recommended.

Vaccination against rabies may also be offered in certain cases, depending on the conditions and location of your stay. Ask your doctor or an international vaccination center for advice.


Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of departure. Failure to comply with this condition may result in refusal of entry to the country.

A visa is not required for a tourist stay of 90 days or less (this maximum period is calculated on a rolling 12-month basis).

If a foreigner overstays his or her authorized stay (90 days), he or she may be placed in administrative detention.

The Human Mobility Act (2017) specifies that a foreigner wishing to extend his or her stay can do so for a further 90 days after paying the visa extension fee ($400) to the relevant authorities.