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Pacific coast: Fact file


When to go

The weather is typically hot and sunny (over 28°C) with heavy rain showers Jan-Apr, cooler and more overcast outside this period. Beaches can be crowded in local holiday periods.

Language

Spanish

Getting local currency

Ecuador uses the US dollar. There are a number of banks in Guayaquil and Manta. Notes can be withdrawn from ATMs using a UK credit or debit card, but the permitted withdrawal may be a lower amount than at home. 

Time difference

GMT -5 hours. 

Getting there

Access is by air to Manta, a Pacific port, and on by road via Montecristi where panama hats are made.

Combines with

The Galápagos Islands, 1.5hrs by air from Guayaquil; the southern upland city of Cuenca, 175km (2hrs 40mins by road) from Guayaquil.  

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