Ecuador: Amazon and Cloud Forest
This page is intended as an overview of necessities for your trip. A more detailed list will be provided upon enrollment. Check with the CDC or WHO for current recommendations on innoculations/medications for the countries and areas you'll be visiting.
A passport is mandatory! A visa may be required for citizens of some countries.
CURRENCY: US Dollars. Smaller denomination bills are useful. Most major cards are accepted at the larger stores, restaurants and hotels.
CLIMATE: In the highlands (Quito and the Cloud Forest), it is spring-like most of the year, although cooler in the winter months from December to April. Dry months are from May through October when the temperatures are around 70 F (10-15 C) during the evening.
In the Ecuadorian Amazon the climate is humid, warm and potentially rainy.
Towels, soap, shampoo are provided by the lodges in the Amazon and the Cloud Forest.
WHAT TO BRING: Highlands: For Quito and the other highland cities and the Cloud Forest, wear comfortable springtime clothing during the day and a sweater or coat during the evening. There are always chances of showers, thus a rain parka and a jacket or sweater will be needed.
Amazon: For Amazon exploration, you may prefer long-sleeved shirts and long pants for protection against mosquitoes. Insect repellent, sunscreen, and a hat must be part of your traveling equipment. Binoculars and flashlights (a headlamp is preferred) are a must for sightseeing, as well as a water-proof jacket.
- Long sleeved lightweight, light colored shirts
- Pants: cotton/lightweight
- Socks and underclothes
- Bandanas/small cloths for wiping sweat, camera gear, etc.
- Water repellant jacket and hat
- Comfortable walking shoes. Rubber boots are provided by the lodges or New Balance has an Outdoor Water Shoe you can bring.
- Hat with wide brim or visor for sun protection - A MUST
There is no way to purchase any personal items you might need once the trip is underway, so please check for essentials beforehand.
- Toiletry bag (to carry items to and from the bathrooms)
- Binoculars, camera equip. and water bottle
- Lip balm with sun block - 1 or 2 sticks
- Sun block - SPF 30 or higher - A MUST - you'll use this several times a day, every day
- Toothpaste and brush
- Day pack
- Insect repellant/bugproof clothing
- Polarized sunglasses
This page is not intended to be a complete list, but an overview. A more detailed list will be provided in your information packet when enrolled on a trip.
Luggage Allowance: A maximum of 20 kilos (44 pounds; two pieces of luggage) is allowed on flights to the Galapagos Islands. An additional carry-on is allowed: maximum of 10 kilos, 50cm x 60cm (22 pounds, no larger than 19in x 23in). Additional pieces may be left at the hotel desk on mainland.
Climate on Galapagos Islands
- December to June are the warmest months.
- January to March can be hot and humid, but still mostly green at this time.
- July to November are cooler. The average year-round temperature is 24° C (75° F).
What to Bring
Visitors are advised to pack casual, comfortable clothes. Dressing is always casual. The currency in all of Ecuador is the US dollar for souvenirs, gratuities, etc.
- Two pairs of sneakers
- A sweater and a light jacket or windbreaker
- Rain poncho
- Light, long-sleeved shirts
- Shorts and bathing suits
- Wide brimmed hat and polarized sunglasses
- Sunscreen and lip sunblock
- Binoculars and camera equipment