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Practical information about our trips to Ecuador & Galapagos

1. Climate

Weather statistics for Quito:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Day temp. 21 20 20 20 20 20 21 21 21 21 21 21
Night temp. 10 10 10 11 11 9 9 9 9 9 9 10
Precipitation, mm 142 143 158 174 128 64 30 38 82 132 127 109
Day
temp.
Night
temp.
Precipit.,
mm
JAN 21 10 142
FEB 20 10 143
MAR 20 10 158
APR 20 11 174
MAY 20 11 128
JUN 20 9 64
JUL 21 9 30
AUG 21 9 38
SEP 21 9 82
OCT 21 9 132
NOV 21 9 127
DEC 21 10 109

Weather statistics for Galapagos:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Day temp. 29 31 31 31 29 27 26 25 25 25 26 28
Night temp. 19 19 19 20 19 18 17 16 16 16 17 18
Precipitation, mm 94 82 84 87 38 40 50 41 51 39 31 54
Day
temp.
Night
temp.
Precipit.,
mm
JAN 29 19 94
FEB 31 19 82
MAR 31 19 84
APR 31 20 87
MAY 29 19 38
JUN 27 18 40
JUL 26 17 50
AUG 25 16 41
SEP 25 16 51
OCT 25 16 39
NOV 26 17 31
DEC 28 18 54

2. The following are not included in our package trip prices

  • International departure tax of USD 40.80 per person. This tax can only be paid locally.
  • Admission charge to the Galápagos Islands of USD 120 per person. This admission fee can only be paid locally.
  • Meals except those specifically mentioned
  • Cancellation and travel insurance
  • Gratuities

3. Form of travel

Excursions and transfers are conducted in small, international groups led by an English-speaking guide.

4. When is it best to travel to Ecuador?

The peak seasons are from June to August and from December to January, but it is a pleasure to visit Ecuador all year round. From September to May, it tends to rain quite often in the lowland areas, while the weather remains dry in the mountains during the same period. The Galápagos Islands are a perfect all-year destination as the weather is always good, with only a minimum of rain.

5. Terms and conditions

Please read our booking terms and conditions carefully. These terms and conditions constitute the basis of your package purchased from Llamatours.co.uk. Click here to read our terms and conditions.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

6. Assistance with taking out travel insurance

We are an ATOL protected agency giving you complete peace of mind. It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration of their trip.

In cooperation with our partner we can offer advantageous travel insurances. Learn more here.

7. Language

Spanish is the language spoken in Ecuador, but the people are very helpful and love the chance to use the English words they know. In more rural regions, however, English speakers may be few and far between, which is why we use bilingual (English/Spanish) guides. It is a good idea to end questions and queries with the words ‘por favor’, which mean ‘please’. Another good word to know is ‘gracias’ – which means ‘thank you’ and is sure to prove useful in many situations.

8. Vaccinations

We recommend that you contact a medical specialist, your GP or an authorised vaccination clinic.
Visit the CDC website at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list for more information about vaccinations in Ecuador and Galapagos.

9. Visa

UK citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days, although you must be in possession of a valid passport – in the same way as for other international travel. The requirements on the validity of the passport may vary, but as a rule of thumb your passport must be valid for at least six months after you return home. However, as these regulations may change from time to time, we recommend that you visit the World Travel Guide website at www.worldtravelguide.net and study the visa information presented there. Of course, you are also welcome to ask us for advice.

10. Currency

The unit of currency in Ecuador is the US dollar. Go to www.xe.com/currencyconverter/ to view the currently applicable exchange rate. Also bring a credit card and make sure to memorise your PIN code. NEVER write your PIN code down! There are cashpoint machines (ATMs) almost everywhere. You can also use most common credit cards at hotels and in many shops and restaurants. Once again, however, the farther out into the country you travel, the harder it may be to use your credit card. Please note that you can only use cash for tipping on the cruise ships during the visit to the Galápagos Islands.

11. Price level

Prices are typically lower in Ecuador than in Denmark and many other European countries. It is usually cheaper to eat out, although you can naturally find drinks and meals in all price classes. Prices are generally also lower outside the large towns and cities.

12. Tipping

It is customary to tip hotel and restaurant staff and other people who provide a service. So make sure to have some small denomination notes or coins with you at all times.
On the Galápagos Islands, you are expected to tip both the guide and the crew of the ship at the end of the cruise. The customary amount is USD 10–20 per person per day. The usual procedure is that an envelope is passed around and a tip amount recommended. You can then put what you consider to be an appropriate tip in the envelope.

13. Time difference

The difference between Central European Time (CET) and the time in Ecuador varies, depending on whether Europe is on summer or winter time.
Summer time: Ecuador: – 7 hours. The Galápagos Islands: – 8 hours. This means that when it is noon CET, it is 05.00 in Ecuador and 04.00 in the Galápagos Islands.
Winter time: Ecuador: – 6 hours. The Galápagos Islands: – 7 hours.

14. Electricity

Mains electricity in Ecuador is 110 V, and the local plugs have two flat pins. This means you will need to take a travel adapter with you.

15. Telephone and Internet

The international dialling code for Ecuador is +593. It can be expensive to call home to Europe from Ecuador. Ask your own mobile service provider about coverage and call charges.
There are Internet cafés in most large towns and cities.

16. Safety

Whenever you travel to a poor country anywhere in the world, it is important to be discreet. It is not a good idea to flaunt your valuables or to leave them unattended. We work exclusively with properly trained, experienced and certified travel guides, who can always provide you with good advice about safety, and know precisely where it is safe for you to walk/visit. If you follow your travel guide’s instructions you should always be able to stay out of trouble.

17. Food and drink

The cuisine of Ecuador features a good deal of fish and seafood. One of the local delicacies is ‘ceviche’ – raw fish marinated in lime juice. Many places also serve Guinea pig, which has been considered a delicacy since Inca times. There are all kinds of fresh and tasty fruit juices to try as well.

18. Flight reservations and airline tickets

We will send you your flight reservation as soon as you book your trip. You can see times and routes on the itinerary. It is important to check your name for spelling mistakes. The name on the reservation must be exactly as in your passport.  If you have any comments on the itinerary or find mistakes in the names, please contact us immediately.

Today, there are only electronic airline tickets (e-tickets), so you do not receive a physical ticket for use at the airport check-in. When you check in at the airport, you use your passport and a booking reference. The booking reference is on your itinerary.

19. Service letter

Once you have purchased a tour through us, you will receive our service letter before your departure. The service letter contains important information about online check-in, what to do in the event of a delay, our agreed guidelines for tips, etc. In addition, you will find important telephone numbers for our local agents as well as our emergency telephone number.

So it is important that you print out the service letter and bring it with you.

20. Seat reservation, upgrades and extra legroom

We recommend that you make a seat reservation on the plane. Many airlines also offer to upgrade reserved tickets for seats with extra space and comfort, e.g. Economy Comfort at KLM and Premium Voyageur at Air France. You can do this through the airline’s website. Most airlines have a point in the menu called “manage my booking”. Please note that many airlines require payment for seat reservation, so you should have your credit/debit card to hand when you get started.

Unfortunately, rules differ as to when seat reservation is opened. We recommend that you try to make a seat reservation as early as possible and you will then know when you can make a seat reservation if it cannot be done right away. It is very common for seat reservation to be opened between 72 and 24 hours before departure.

21. Checked luggage and hand luggage

We work with many different airlines to Ecuador, so there may be variations in the amount of luggage you are allowed to bring with you as both checked luggage and hand luggage. Check the information about this on your airline ticket, and contact us if you have any questions.

You and your travel companion should pack your luggage so that you can both make do with one item of luggage if the other is lost or delayed. While it is unlikely to happen, the problem may arise. If it does, it may take a few days before your luggage is delivered to the hotel where you are staying.

So make sure to carry all your important, indispensable items in your hand luggage: passport, visa, plane tickets, insurance papers, credit card(s), cash, prescriptions, information about any special medical conditions you may have along with essential medicine (insulin, etc.), allergy medicine, treatments for sudden stomach problems (such as Imodium) and painkillers (Panodil and/or Ipren, for example). You should also carry your camera, binoculars and other valuables in your hand luggage.

You may find yourself sitting in a draught from the air conditioning in the plane, so make sure to pack a warm jumper or jacket in your hand luggage.

22. Transfers to and from airports

On arrival at the different airports in Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, you will be met by our local representative who will be waiting for you in the arrival hall with a sign bearing your name. You will naturally also be driven to the airport on departure. You will be informed of your pick-up time when you arrive in Ecuador.