YOUR TRIP IN ECUADOR
Between Colombia and Peru, Ecuador, this small country as big as half of France, extends from the Pacific to the Amazon, spanning the Andes range, here called Sierra. More altiplano strictly speaking, here, but a chaotic, highly volcanic relief, made of cones with snow-capped peaks, páramo (a kind of altitude pampas) and checkered fields covering up to the highest slopes.
Despite its modest size, Ecuador offers an astonishing array of landscapes and cultures.
Where are we?
Located on the outskirts of Loreto, the plantation is located at 400 m altitude, passing through the Andes to 4000m to get there, beware some people may be sensitive to altitude).
The plantation is located at 5:00 from Quito, 3:00 from Tena, 2:30 from Baeza and 1:00 from Coca ... These cities are among the most touristy in Ecuador.
When you arrive in Ecuador, we take care of your transportation to the Inalnapo plantation. If you wish, we will be able to offer you car rental agencies, so that you can move outside the planned visits to the program.
Climate & Clothing
Ecuador being ... at the equator, the climate is equatorial, at least on both sides of the Andean mountain range.
Whatever time you go, do not forget to take a fleece and rain gear.
For the Amazon, plan light things, but that cover arms and legs ...
For hikes, good walking shoes are imperative - and more if you are planning a few climbs (your own crampons for example).
Think about clothes that "breathe", layer in layers (it can be cold at night and warm during the day) and eventually bring a hat or a pair of gloves (but you can also buy on the spot) if you walk to more than 1500 m altitude.
Complete your bag with a hat or cap, sunglasses, sunscreen and a specific mosquito repellent, not to mention the earplugs ...
Food & Drink
As in many countries of South America, there are excellent products (vegetables, fish, tubers, cereals ...), but not always very well cooked ... There are for example a dozen kinds of bananas, including plantain banana (with very little sweetness) consumed as a vegetable, but most often foolishly fried (bof)!
Overall, the population feeds mainly on rice, potatoes, meat (especially chicken) or fish (available in the towns of the Sierra and Oriente as well as on the coast, do not worry too much about freshness, arrivals are frequent). The "typical" dish served in restaurants is a plate with a piece of meat or fish (in sauce or not), rice (systematic!), One or two vegetables or just french fries.
- Passport of visa for French, Belgian, Swiss and Canadian nationals staying less than 3 months in the country for tourist reasons. It is sufficient to present a passport valid for 6 months after the date of return.
- Ability to extend on site are 1 or 2 months stay through the immigration service.
- For those who plan to stay more than 3 months, there is also a visa valid for 6 months. Well inform about the parts to provide. For those who can not move, know that it is possible to obtain the visa by correspondence.
Acute mountain sickness
This not insignificant evil, which can occur when landing in Quito (2,850 m), is caused by the elevation of the altitude level too fast, the body having not had time to adapt. There are all possible forms of symptoms and complications: simple headache or shortness of breath (feeling of lack of air), up to acute pulmonary edema, which can be fatal.
She is not looking good everywhere. Universal precautions must be respected:
- Do not drink tap water or uncontrolled drinks (except if boiled: tea, coffee and ask for its fruit juice con agua pura).
- Do not take ice cubes either (ask sin hielo, except in chic restaurants or cafes).
- Avoid raw vegetables in cheap restaurants, milk and its non-industrial derivatives, meats that are barely cooked or served "non-smoking", etc.
- In case of diarrhea: if there is a fever or if there is emesis of mucus, pus or blood: consult a doctor urgently.
For the rest, it will only be a simple turista, which is fortunately the most frequent case.
- Good to know: Ecuador's private clinics only care for patients if they can provide a payment card imprint, check for sufficient funds, or take a deposit (up to the end of the day). US $ 3,000), even if they have taken out travel insurance.
- Against yellow fever, advised (but not obligatory) for any stay a little prolonged in the Amazon, useless in the coastal and Andean zones. To do more than 10 days before arrival, in an approved center (it is valid for life).
- It is recommended to be up to date in its universal vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, whooping cough and hepatitis B.
- The hepatitis A vaccine is highly recommended for all people who are not naturally immunized (possible blood test for travelers over 65). We do not dare count the number of readers who have reported one.
- Typhoid vaccine for extended stays.