Ecuador (and Galapagos) Practical Information
Ecuador: What to Expect – Day to Day Experiences
You are embarking on an adventure in a place and amongst people whose lives are very different from your own. While our intention is to adhere to the day to day route, a degree of flexibility is built into the itinerary and night stops may vary from those suggested. The day to day schedule should be taken only as a general guide. We cannot accept responsibility for changing the proposed itinerary or any inaccuracies or errors. A variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions and difficulties with transportation, can lead to enforced changes. The expedition leader will make any changes where necessary.
British nationals can visit Ecuador without a visa. On arrival in the country, you will normally be allowed to remain in Ecuador for up to 90 days. If you are planning to stay for longer, you should apply for a visa from an Ecuadorean Embassy in London before you travel. In certain circumstances, you may be able to apply for an extension at the Ecuadorean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ecuador’s official currency is the US dollar. If you’re not traveling from the USA, consider bringing a small supply of US dollars with you on your trip in case you have trouble exchanging currency from your home country. Western Unions are in most big cities.
Adequate travel insurance is mandatory for everyone who participates in a Pioneer expedition. Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance is required for all participants. We strongly recommend that you take out baggage loss and accident insurance. Please bring a copy of your insurance policy and contact numbers to give to your expedition leader in case of illness or accident.
Environmental and cultural sensitivity
Clients will receive a conservationist interpretation of the ecology and actual situation of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. Our purpose is to reinforce and promote the long-term conservation of Huaorani cultural identity and the nurturing of their environment. Your visit will help encourage the Huaorani to support responsible ecotourism as a viable, sustainable alternative to surrendering to the destructive appetites of the oil industry. Campsites may vary, based on weather conditions. We recycle and transport out all non-organic garbage.