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Ecuador has an unbelievable amount of parties, and the people here don’t usually need a holiday as an excuse to party. To the other extreme, there are some (not many) holidays when the people of the country just raise their flags, and it’s good to know why. This is a chronological list of descriptions of each of the fiestas and celebrated days in Ecuador, there’s lots.
These markets are one of the main attractions to the country and a colorful diplay of the vibrant culture of Ecuador. Here you’ll find general info about these markets, a list of where you can find them and which days they’re open. We also included an approximate list of prices of a few things that can be found in these markets.
There are some breathtaking national parks in Ecuador, in fact the whole country should be one big national park. This is information on 20 of the country’s parks and reserves, divided by regions. As well we’ve included a list of entrance fees for those which have one.
This includes info about a few of the myriad of things you can do in the coast and the Galapagos. Our list includes scuba-diving, snorkelling, Sea kayaking, surfing and wind-surfing.
Ecuador certainly has enough things to do at night to be considered a classic Latin American country. Right now we have a list of the night life of Quito and Guayaquil, we’ll add more later on.
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Most travellers use buses to get around. Busetas (bans) (22 seat small buses) cover long distances quickly; larger autobuses are slower but tend to be more social and fun. Keep your passport with you when travelling by bus, as there are frequent transit police checks on the outskirts of towns, especially travelling between two cities. Avoid taking night buses through Guayas Province, as the routes are favoured by hijackers’. To find out prices of taking buses in Ecuador visit our section on What Things Cost in Ecuador.
Ecuador has a more efficient air transportation system than most other Andean countries. It also has the virtue of being a small country, and relatively cheap, which allows even budget travellers the option of an occasional internal flight. Quito’s international airport is about 10 km (6 miles) north of the city centre. The nation’s other major airport is in Guayaquil, about 5 km (3miles) north of the city centre. Both are regularly serviced by buses and taxis. The main domestic airline is TAME, though there are other small airlines and charter planes available. Almost all flights begin or end in Quito or Guayaquil. There are flights to several of the Galápagos Islands, but these are expensive. It’s also possible to make the trip by boat, but it works out no cheaper. Ecuador has airports in 15 cities, although only 2 of these are international, they are: Quito International Airport (Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre) and Guayaquil International Airport (Simón Bolivar). For the excursions inside the country, other airports are used, some of which are in Cuenca, Baltra (Galápagos), Coca, Lago Agrio, San Cristobal (Galápagos). To find out general prices of flights inside of Ecuador, please visit our giant price list.
Pickups (camionetas), trucks (rancheras) and taxis can be hired for long journeys – negotiate a price before you ride. Rental cars are available in a few major towns, with prices comparable to those in North America or Europe. In Ecuador there are sufficient road systems to get you were you want to go but the drivers are a little wild, so be careful! Ecuador is bordered by Colombia to the north and by Peru in the south and both is easily accessible by car. To find out gas prices go to our list of prices.
In order to keep the struggling train system alive, foreigners pay more to travel by train than locals do. Passengers are permitted to ride on top of some of the cars – dress warmly for the exciting views. The dramatic ascent from Alausí to Guayaquil is one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world.
For travel within Ecuador, each passenger can bring two suitcases of 70 pounds (31.8 kg) each, plus hand luggage, photographic camera or/and video camera, binoculars. Professional filming equipment may need a special permit.
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