Visas and Travel Documentation:
For most countries, there is no requirement to obtain a
tourist visa for visits under 90 days to Ecuador. Check your specific country at
For a list of exempt countries, visit Project
Visa. An immigration document is issued,
but unlike Peru, there is no need to provide the document at hotels during
your stay. An exit fee in cash was charged in the past, but as
of 2012 this fee is incorporated into the cost of airline tickets.
This makes for a much more efficient and less frantic airport departre.
Travelers will be
interested to note that the $US is the official currency of Ecuador.
Don't drink tap water anywhere in Ecuador. Some documentation
indicates it may be safe in some cities, but it is not worth the
risk. Bottled water is readily available throughout the country, even in
the more remote locations.
The general rule for Ecuador is the
toilet paper is not put in the toilet. There are a few
exceptions. Most of the time directions are posted in bathrooms
indicating that toilet paper should not be put in the toilet.