1.ECUADOR: THREE COUNTRIES IN ONE
Did you know that Ecuador is the second smallest country in South America, and with the only country with four regions that concentrates a great landscape and cultural variety. Well, one of the most used reasons to link families to travel through Ecuador is that it has four regions: the Andean Sierra, the Coast, the East or Amazon jungle and the Insular or Galapagos. It is like having three countries in one, this diversity rich in flora and fauna, in attractions and cultural riches, which you will surely love visiting with your family!
How can a small country have a unique weather?
Ecuador is extremely variable, regardless of the time of the year, the seasons can vary and if you travel you have to be prepared for the rain and in the Sierra for the cold, on the coast and in the east you need light clothing and footwear. Well, it also happens that summer does not coincide at the same time in the Sierra and the Coast, which makes it a totally unique climate due to its seasons.
The question we ask ourselves before traveling: How is the transportation on the trip?
In Ecuador, the public transport for excellence is the bus, as an economical option and for frequent routes at passing time. In the case of routes that require several hours, such as: Quito-Guayaquil-Cuenca-Lago Agrio, there are semi-direct lines (day and night), more comfortable buses with air conditioning. Even so, the buses are generally comfortable.
4.TAXIS AND RENTAL VEHICLES
The taxis in Ecuador are yellow in color, the service is friendly, comfortable, and with a quiet route.
A small important tip in TAXIS: In Quito-Guayaquil-Ambato-Cuenca, demand that they put the meter on or ask the locals about the costs of the service before making a run.
Rental vehicles can always be rented with a driving license and credit card-vehicles are in the most popular cities and tourist spots. The price starts at USD 50 per day, there is also the option of renting a driver.
Ecuador is a safe country so travel can be recommended, but we recommend some safety tips.
In general, in any country where you travel as a tourist, it is convenient to take a series of precautions such as:
However, Ecuador has invested a lot to improve the level of security, taking care of the colonial center and buses, which makes it a safe place for families.
6.MEDICINES, DOCTORS AND PHARMACIES
Do you know our medical centers? In Ecuador there are solvent hospitals and clinics. There are numerous pharmacies and parapharmacies where you can find the usual accessories for a trip.
Did you know that meal times are usually European-style?
In Ecuador, as in many Latin American countries, meal times are usually European: breakfast around 7 am, lunch from 12 pm and dinner between 7 and 9 pm (dinner here is called snack).
The meal begins: a starter soup or broth and a main course consisting of white rice and a piece of meat (chicken, beef, pork) or there is also a vegetarian or vegan option. Fried foods are abundant in the country, as well as healthy foods too.
Ecuador being a tropical country, you can enjoy juices (made with water) and smoothies (with milk) of the most varied and tasty fruits.
8. WITH CHILDREN IN ECUADOR
Do you want to travel with children? In our country, depending on your age and the hotel, there is a possibility that they will not try to charge you or, if you are older, they will try to charge you. The most advisable thing is to try not to pay for them , or pay less if they occupy beds.
In general, as in almost any country, families are welcome and children generate interest and sympathy, also among local children, that it is very reliable to approach more relaxed the reality of the peope of the country.