Are you ready for an experience of a lifetime? Traveling in Ecuador may be a different experience than what you are accustomed to, so we prepared these tips to ensure you are well-prepared for your SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour.
Physical Fitness Requirements
Most of our hikes will be easy to moderate. Expect guided hikes to last 2-3 hours. We will travel slowly on the trails so that we will have a better chance of viewing wildlife. It is important to know that the trails may be slippery and muddy, so having good footing and closed-toes shoes are essential! Adventurous explorers will have the option to take more strenuous hikes. While we do have scheduled activities planned for you, there will be times where you will have the choice of how to spend your time. Would you prefer to go on a morning jungle hike or birdwatch from a hammock on your balcony? The choice is yours!
Wear Sunblock & Stay Hydrated
Ecuador is a tropical country. While this is exciting, it comes with a few cautions: in particular, the sun is strong, especially in the mountains! Make sure to hydrate, wear sun protection, and get plenty of rest.
The US dollar is widely accepted in Ecuador, and you will be able to find withdraw dollars from ATM machines in Quito. It is wise to have cash and a major credit card or two on you, lest you want or need to purchase something not included in the Ecotour, or tip your guides or hospitality staff.
While we will be traveling in a group and the risk of experiencing crime is low, please be aware that crime is a potential issue anywhere you may travel. We recommend leaving all valuable items in a safe at the hotel and only carrying what you need. A money belt inside your clothing and/or an over the shoulders bag (not an easily snatched purse) is also a good option for carrying necessary items.
Your passport must be valid for AT LEAST SIX MONTHS past the date you plan to depart Ecuador or you will not be allowed to enter the country. Please re-read that sentence and ensure your passport expires at least six months after you plan to depart Ecuador.
No visa is required for citizens of the United States. If you are not a United States citizen, then please check your country’s laws about traveling to Ecuador.
The SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour can accommodate most dietary preferences and/or requirements, including vegan and vegetarian. We will sample an array of Ecuadorian culinary delights from many different regions and cultures. Please inform us in advance of any dietary needs, in as much detail as possible (we will ask about your preferences in a survey once you sign up).
Lodging In Ecuador
During the tour we will sleep in comfortable, relaxing ecolodges and modern hotels all while being surrounded by the beauty of Ecuador. Each hotel is able to accommodate couples and families without a problem. If you are traveling alone, then you will share a room with another ecotour participant. If you would like your own room, we may be able to arrange it for an extra cost (though it is not always possible due to the size of the places at which we stay).
Water and Food
While Ecuador has decent water filtration we recommend not risking drinking the tap water during your time here. This also goes for the street food, and make sure to watch out for unpeeled fruit, vegetables, juices, etc that may have been washed in the water. Most of the lodges we stay at will have large jugs of drinkable water and are used to catering to tourists.
Vaccinations & Medication
For specific information about what vaccinations or medications you may need, please visit the CDC Ecuador website and/or talk to your doctor. Do not expect to be able to easily find medications in Ecuador, and be aware that we will be in remote locations where medical access is extremely limited.
While we have worked very hard to avoid any delays or alterations in the schedule, in Ecuador sometimes there are delays and changes. This only means to remain patient and remember to just enjoy your surroundings! We are going to be in some of the most amazing tropical ecosystems in the world, so if any changes in timing happens, rest assured the scenery will be worth it.
Looking for frogs at night is not the world’s safest activity. As such, drinking and frogging really don’t mix. We request that you not get anywhere remotely close to drunk prior to frogging. If you do feel the need for a dinnertime alcoholic beverage, we strongly suggest limiting it to one drink. Post-frogging, feel free to let loose at the bar.
What To Bring To Ecuador
Exploring Ecuador Before Or After The Ecotour
There is plenty to do in Ecuador, so if you have extra time to enjoy the country, we are happy to advise you on hotel lodging and recommended locations. Please contact us with your possible schedule if you seek Ecuador travel advice.