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.
For more detailed information visit our When To Go section.
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 Notes can be withdrawn from ATMs using a UK credit or debit card, but the permitted withdrawal may be a lower amount than at home.
GMT -5 hours.
The Galápagos Islands, 1.5hrs by air from Guayaquil; the southern upland city of Cuenca, 175km (2hrs 40mins by road) from Guayaquil.
Access is by air to Manta, a Pacific port, and on by road via Montecristi where panama hats are made.
If you still have questions, please contact us and one of our Travel Experts will be happy to help.
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