Be prepared! Ecuador is a country that has almost everything for everyone: Jungle, Snowcapped mountains, beautiful beaches and one of the most unique destinations in the world, the Galapagos Islands. With all of these varied destinations to visit in one place, you have to come ready to enjoy everything you possibly can, which is why we’ve put together this useful list of things to bring with you while visiting this beautiful country.
When you arrive in the country, you can either land in Quito (Ecuador’s capital city) or Guayaquil (Ecuador’s largest city). This means that, in the case of Quito, you will have to be ready for the high altitude and the colder weather, and in the case of Guayaquil, a warmer coastal climate. For the Highland, or Sierra, región where Quito is located we recommend always being prepared for the colder climate with a windbreaker, pants and thicker apparel; although this weather may change throughout the day, and you should always bring sunscreen and abundant wáter with you when sightseeing. While in Guayaquil and the coastal región, you will be immersed in a much hotter climate and you may just want to walk around in shorts and a t-shirt, sunscreen and abundant wáter are indispensable.
Now, for the Amazon región of the country, it is a wonderful place full of flora and fauna, breath-taking landscapes and on in a lifetime experiences. As you may think, the jungle has a tropical climate, where rain, during the rainy season, falls in abundance. The climate usually varies, so it is always good to be prepared, light clothing such as t-shirts, light pants (jeans not recommended!), and a light long sleeve shirt for sun and mosquito protection is the best way to dress, while having a rain poncho or light jacket is best just in case. Sunscreen, insect repellent and abundant wáter are also indispensable.
Finally, we come to Ecuador’s main attraction, the Galapagos islands. This archipelago has two seasons, wet and dry, and both seasons can give tourists great oportunities to see different wildlife, both on land and in the surrounding waters. The wet season brings about abundant rain and colder waters, this offers more marine life chances to get closer to the islands’ shores, and also means that you should be prepared with warmer clothing and waterproof articles. The dry season brings more sun to the islands and with it, many bird species migrating and mating on the islands, here light clothing is very welcome since it will be very hot. During both seasons sunscreen and insect repellent is very much recommended.
Ecuador is a wonderful place that will most likely make you fall in love with its people, wildlife and cultural experiences as a whole.