Ecuador, bordered to the north by Colombia, to the east and south by Peru and to the west by the Pacific Ocean, is one of South America's smallest countries, it is distinguished by its extraordinary topography, its diverse climates, and its abundant flora and fauna. Ecuador holds endless attractions, the Galapagos Islands, Amazon Rainforest, Andean volcanoes, and beach paradises, all within a nation approximately the size of Switzerland.
Located on the northwestern corner of South America, Ecuador is one of the continent's smallest yet most diverse countries. Experience the magnificent Andes and conquer some of the highest volcanoes in the world, enjoy the colorful indigenous markets, theequatorial Amazon via dug-out conoe, the beautiful beaches, world-class rafting and, of course, the enchanted Galapagos Islands. Zenith and Ecuador await!
Entry requirements: a valid passport, and for citizens of some countries, such as France, a visa.
Health: No vaccinations are required for entry. However, we reccommend that you check with your physician before departure regarding high altitude travel, as well as preventive measures for visiting tropical areas. Bottled water is advised and available everywhere.
Local time: Eastern Standard Time or GMT-5 on the mainland; no daylight savings time. In the Galapagos Islands, it is GMT-6.
Money: The monetary unit is the United States Dollar.
Language: Spanish and Quichua. English and French are spoken in major visitor centers.
Electricity: 110 volts, 60 AC.
Climate: Each region of the country has its own climate. In Quito and in the highlands, the weather can be cool in the mornings, and very pleasant in the afternoons, when it can go over 21°C. The driest months are July through October. During the rest of the year afternoon showers are to be expected. On the coast the average temperature is 28°C, with the hot, rainy season from November to May, and the dry season from June to December. In the Amazon rain forest the climate is humid and warm. It rains all year, especially from June to November.
However, at this time the jungle is at its best and the rivers most navigable. Galapagos Islands: In general, December to June are the warmest months. January to March can be hot and humid. July to November are cooler.