Located along the equator, this vast country, Ecuador, is a perfect introduction to South America, with its pristine natural settings, its traditional culture and crafts, historical resources and geographical diversity. The Andes Mountains which harbor the highest volcano in the world, tower over the landscape of Ecuador. The double North-South chain of the Andes, better known as the Sierra, is a model of natural tranquility. The air is almost unnatural light. Yet the Sierra is also the center of Ecuador: almost half of the population lives here, mainly Indians, in complete harmony with its peaceful nature,
The Galapagos Islands, 1000 km west of Ecuador, were first made world- famous by the research of Charles Darwin and still look downright strange and mysterious. As if it were volcano peaks that peek curiously out of the surface of the water. They are the peaks of underwater volcanoes. Their isolation created on the Galapagos Islands a unique ecosystem. Many animals that live on the islands cannot be found anywhere else in the world. This makes the 128 islands unique for nature lovers and for biological research. It is like Noah's ark, cast in the shape of an archipelago. It is unlike any other place on the planet. A true must see.
Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year. We guarantee you the best protection at the best price.
- Travel documents: All Belgian nationals* (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid for at least 6 months on the day of arrival. A certificate in English or Spanish health insurance, travel and repatriation. All travelers entering Ecuador must be able to present them to prove that they are covered during their stay in Ecuador. In order to organize consular services even better, may we recommend you register your stay in the country via www.travellersonline.diplomatie.be.
- All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only. Please verify the latest updates on travel advice, documents and requirements on http://diplomatie.be/nl.
- Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. They must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and pay by a personal credit card only.
2 Time zones:
Ecuador GMT - 5
Galapagos GMT -6
Belgium GMT +1 (winter) , GMT+2 (summer)
Currency Ecuador & The Galapagos
American US dollar: (USD), 1 USD = 0,90 EUR & 1 EUR = 1.106 USD (18/09/2019)
Ecuador and The Galapagos are year-round destinations.
Due to the extremely varied topography of Ecuador there are an infinitely number of micro climates. It is therefore extremely difficult to draw up a fixed climatic model for Ecuador. General spoken, the rainy season (summer and warmer) runs from December to April. The dry season (winter and colder) runs from May to November. In the coastal region it is around 25 ° C on average. A temperate equatorial climate prevails in the higher regions (22 - 26 ° C). Above 2,800 m, the mercury can drop to below 7 ° C overnight. The rainforest is the wettest region, with a year-round chance of rainfall, temperatures around 24 ° C and cool nights.
The tropical climate on the Galapagos Islands is largely determined by its ocean currents. The temperatures fluctuate between 26 and 30 ° C from December to May. The seawater is around 26 ° C (ideal for snorkelers). From June to November this tropical paradise takes on a different character, with cooler sea water and a slightly drier air. September: more chance of turbulent seas.
Average Max. temperatures (°C):
- Quito: located at 2,850m altitude, is a truly fascinating city. Named a world cultural heritage site, Quito still houses fantastic monuments and numerous architectural masterpieces from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. One can also find the monument of the Equator Line, erected in honour of the French and Spanish explorers who managed to determine the location of the equator in the 18th century.
- Otavalo: the Otavalo region is known for its many craft varieties: wood, leather and woven products (the most beautiful coloured fabrics in South America). The Indians here own one of the liveliest cultures in the country and wear beautiful costumes with exceptional elegance.
- Nono: an ecological site in the Andes Mountains, 45 minutes from Quito. The region is ideal for photographers, nature lovers and for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the cities and discover the peaceful countryside of Ecuador. You can meet the locals, taste the typical food and visit active haciendas. Of the 1,600 bird species that Ecuador has, many live in this region. In addition, Nono is famous for its many bromeliads, orchids, butterflies, frogs, hummingbirds ...
- Cuenca: Founded in the 16th century on Canari and Inca ruins, Cuenca is also called the Athens of the Andes thanks to its architectural marvels. The cobblestone streets and the houses with wooden balconies and typical walls have survived the colonial period undamaged. For this reason, the city center was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999. Today, however, Cuenca relies primarily on its ceramics industry and the manufacture of Panama hats.
- Ingapirca: little is known about the origins of this site. There are both remains of the original Indian population, the Canaris, dating back to a time prior to the Inca rules and of the Incas themselves. The incas have clearly left their mark on the buildings that were used as a sun temple. The ruins of Ingapirca are a few kilometers from Cuenca. They are the most important remains of Inca culture in Ecuador.
- Guayaquil: is the largest city in Ecuador, a bustling metropolis located across the Guayas river delta, 48 km from the Pacific Ocean. The city has a busy harbour with impressive commercial buildings and stately mansions. Guayaquil is also rich in museums, sports centers and musical events along its new waterfront. Remarkable sights are: the Barrio las Penas with its old wooden houses and cobbled streets and the pier (Malecon 2000), the most beautiful and visited part of Guayaquil where entertainment, culture and nature thrive. There is also the historic park that consists of 3 zones: one with animals, one with urban architecture and one with attention to the tradition of cocoa production.
- The Galapagos Islands look downright strange and mysterious. As if it were volcano peaks that peek curiously out of the surface of the water. Whether they radiate brown, blue, purple or green, their colour splendour always magically harmonizes with the deep green seawater. It is like Noah's ark, cast in the shape of an archipelago. There is a completely different atmosphere on the islands, with mighty Mother Nature in all her glory and varieties in the leading role.
- Have you heard of the little Galapagos? Machalilla National Park! This park includes 60,000 hectares of ocean and islands (Isla Salango and the Los Frailes coastline), an important foraging site for frigate birds, pelicans, albatrosses and gannets. The rest of the area consists of tropical dry forest, cloud forest, coastal crops and beaches. You will find cacti, carob trees, bromeliads, but also palms and bamboo. The lush park comprises almost a third of the country's coastal fishing and a unique ecosystem, with characteristic fauna and flora.
- Santa Cruz
Located along the equator, this vast country is a perfect introduction to South America, with its pristine nature, untouched culture, historical resources and geographical diversity. In addition to the mainland, you will also discover the mysterious Galapagos Islands. You are bound to notice the particular atmosphere on the islands where mighty Mother Nature in all her glory and variety plays the lead role.
- 15 days