Frequently Asked Questions

At Perpetua Expeditions, we want to make sure that you have all the information you need to choose your final destination for a life-changing experience. Below, you will find some questions that we have heard throughout the years and consider are useful for travelers to know about Ecuador. We hope you find them useful. Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you have other questions about this beautiful country.

FAQs

Ecuador lies on the equator line and is located in the Northwestern corner of South America. It borders Colombia in the North, Peru in the East and South, and the Pacific Ocean on the west. The Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean are also part of Ecuador, and they are 1000 kilometers west of the mainland

One of the nicest and most attractive features of Ecuador is that you can visit it all year long! Due to its geographic location, the country does neither have 4 seasons nor extreme temperatures. Consequently, you can explore it outdoors any time of the year. 

If you are looking for a destination that you can experience while escaping cold temperatures and snow or extreme heat, Ecuador is ideal for its mild temperatures.

Yes,  the Galapagos Islands are a province of Ecuador. Indeed, you have to stop in Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) in order to get to the archipelago, as there are no international flights to the Enchanted Islands.

Ecuador’s official language is Spanish, and people say that Loja (a province in the South) has one of the purest Spanish in Latin America. Consequently, it is a great place to learn this beautiful language. If you are interested in learning Spanish, Perpetua will be pleased to include lessons in your itinerary. 

The country also has two official intercultural languages, Quichua and Shuar, but indigenous people speak more than 10 indigenous languages throughout Ecuador. Several of these are still considered mother tongues by local communities.

Ecuador has everything you are looking for and more…and it has the Galapagos Islands! If you want to visit Latin America, this small and beautiful country offers you an intro to this region in a nutshell. 

Ecuador has a rich history and culture in two cities considered World Cultural Heritage, Quito and Cuenca, 14 distinct indigenous tribes, and two inmaterial cultural heritage. 

This beautiful country is full of nature and wildlife, making it one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. The most pristine area in the Amazon jungle, the Galapagos Islands, and 11 National Parks host and protect the unique flora and fauna of the country.  

Ecuador’s geography is perfect for a wide range of activities including hiking, climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking in the Andes. The Amazon offers great kayaking, rafting, and birdwatching opportunities, and the Galapagos Islands and the coast are great for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. 

The combination of culture, nature, and all these activities make Ecuador an ideal destination for everyone.

Ecuador adopted the US dollar as its official currency in 2000. You can withdraw it from local ATMs and change other currencies at banks.

Traveling in Ecuador is very easy, and most importantly, takes less time than in most countries due to the country’s size. Our private tours will take you to the destinations of your preference by car, plain, boat, canoe, helicopter, or we will escort you on your mountain bike or horse.

Ecuador is an ideal destination for family and multigenerational trips due to its wide offer of destination, activities, and attractions. Perpetua will design an itinerary including all family members’ preferences and interests to guarantee a life-changing experience for everyone!

Ecuadorians are famous around the world for their hospitality and friendliness, making the country a perfect destination for Solo travelers. You will meet people in the cities, towns, and local communities interested in helping you and in sharing their culture with you. Perpetua creates special program for solo travelers, including destinations and activities that will make you feel safe, comfortable, and with the opportunity to meet other travelers or immerse yourself in local culture.

The Galapagos Islands are the most famous destination in Ecuador and probably in the world. After this, the importance or attraction of each destination depends on your favorite activity, and on your interests, preferences, and passions. Perpetua’s team will ask you for a FREE trip planning meeting to learn more about you and your traveling crew in order to determine the most important destinations for you.

Ecuador uses 110V electricity with Type A (with 2 flat parallel prongs) or B outlets (with 2 flat parallel prongs and a diameter round or U-shaped earth pin). We recommend you to bring adaptors for your electronic devices to avoid inconveniences throughout the trip.

Tipping is always a personal decision, but you can find some guidelines Perpetua has written for you. 

  • Restaurants in Ecuador include a 10% service fee, and adding tip on top of it is up to you depending on your appreciation of the service experienced
  • Continental Ecuador Guides are usually tipped 
  • Guides in Galapagos are usually tipped
  • Galapagos crew members aboard cruise are usually tipped

 

Ecuador has excellent medical doctors graduated from local and international universities, and hospitals have the latest technology available to treat patients. Perpetua has a network of health professionals to contact in case one of our clients has a medical emergency, and our guides will be pleased to assist you as interpreter if needed.

Perpetua recommends all our travelers to hire trip insurance for their trips with us. Our team will be available to assist you 24/7. However, unexpected events can happen while traveling, and it is important that you have the pease of mind to go through them.

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Relax and let Perpetua’s team do the magic. No matter whether you want to discover all the natural wonders of Ecuador, are looking for a hiking program, prefer a wellness program to sit back and enjoy the fascinating sound of nature, or wish a mix of them, we will create an experience for you. Are you traveling alone or is this a multigenerational trip? Let us design a journey that meets everyone’s interests and favorite activities. 

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