Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Most of the time, tennis shoes are what you need for traveling. THere is a lot of mountains to climb. So if you want to climb the mountains, you will have to wear other types of shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always bring toilet paper with you, because you do not always find good toilet paper in this country! Also a type of hand sanitizer is always good.
Photo Equipment: A video camera is a must in this country. It is so beautiful, you need to have a video camera!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are going to the coast, definatly have beach gear! The beaches here are a nice place to relax.
Luggage and bags: Take a small backpack with nothing of value packed inside!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For Guayaquil, wear light pants or capris. I noticed that very few people wear shorts, even the children. Take a light jacket as the nights can be breezy and a little cool, if you are like me and stay cold anyway! Tennis shoes or sandals work well for most parts.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bug spray and hand sanitizer on the run.
Photo Equipment: Take a disposable camera. If you take one more expensive, you automatically become a target.
Luggage and bags: bring some damn toilet papar-that's my wisest tip. also, if you really love something-don't bring it. you could get robbed or it can get crushed or dirty on the bus
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: bring some pants. dont be one of those idiot tourists wearing shorts in riobamba or ibarra. they only wear shorts on the coast. even i had to laugh at some the tourists wearing tiny shorts in the mountain towns.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: basic diarrhea stuff, bandaids. they have lots of the basics that are cheap. condoms are cheap-bring your own if thats a need.
Photo Equipment: cant' help ya there- but i knew many a folk that were robbed. i saw one poor german tourist get her camara snatched on the bus. the guy reached in through the window.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: for god's sake don't camp on the beach in latin america. even in costa rica i met someone who got robbed on the beach. its easy for theives to travel around in this country and if your on the beach with just a tent, they will come for ya.
Luggage and bags: WHAT TO BRING TO GALAPAGOS
Luggage domestic airline regulations permit 20 kilos (44 pounds) per suitcase, maximum two per person. Additional luggage may be stored at your hotel. These restrictions do not include small carry-on, flight bags or camera cases.
Two pairs of sneakers.
Long and short-sleeve lightweight shirts.
A wide-brimmed hat.
A wind breaker or light jacket for evenings.
Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and lots of film.
Electric shavers and hair dryers can be accommodated.
Most walking ashore is over rocky lava terrain. Therefore tennis shoes, sneakers or walking shoes with rubber soles should likely be worn.
Camera gear with extra film and batteries.
High speed films or fine-grain.
High resolution and relatively slow color transparency (this last one to be used with electronic flash).
WHAT TO BRING TO THE RAIN-FOREST JUNGLE
For travel in the rainforest you will probably want to have the following things:
Luggage One large backpack or one duffel bag and one small daypack. It is also better to travel with backpacks instead of suitcases.
3 lightweight shirts (cotton or other fast drying materials)
Long pants (avoid jeans)
4 or 5 long-sleeved cotton shirts
1 pair of shorts
A good number of cotton socks
1 light wind?breaker
2 sweaters for the evenings
1 waterproof poncho (available in the lodge) or a waterproof parka
A pair of comfortable walking shoes
1 pair good quality sandals
1 pair of rubber boots (available in the lodges, except in sizes larger than 11)
Sunglasses with a strap
Extra eye glasses / contact lenses
Plastic water bottle
Sun block lotion (at least 15 SPF)
Personal first aid kit
Tampons or sanitary napkins
Flashlight (headlamp models are better)
Self-sealing plastic bags
Dry bags (available in the lodge)
Swiss Army knife
Reading material (available in the lodge)
Small notebook and pencil
Camera & Binoculars
Camera gear (avoid tripods!) with extra film and batteries
High speed films or fine-grain
High resolution and relatively slow color transparency (this last one to be used with electronic flash)
Binoculars (this is in a essential item, even if you are not a birdwatcher. The best ones are the waterproof models with light transmission. An excellent size: 10x40.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE ANDES
Clothing Light wool is ideal and a warm jacket is necessary, in the Sierra, after the sunset. Do not forget your bathing suit and comfortable shoes for walking.
If your are interested in visiting the Cotopaxi National Park or other places like it, it is advisable to bring a thick sweater and a jacket.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Eco-Tourism
Luggage and bags: When traveling to South America, use luggage that has locks, tape up your boxes very well. Do not leave valuables in luggage. The locals WILL steal from you.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer in the states is winter there and visa versa.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Medical facilities are about 15 years behind in Ecaudor, but, all perscriptions are over the counter in South America.
Miscellaneous: If you are planning to stay at the Baja Montanita hotel in Montanita (province of Guayas), don't forget to bring some heavy shoes or books. The hotel is regularly invaded by squadrons of lovely crickets and you room quickly becomes their preferred auditorium! If you want to sleep the only solution is to go on a cricket hunt :)
Luggage and bags: Bring a backpack, course if you wanna go where thing are happening, you'll have to carry yor stuff a long way. which brings me to, bring nothing really.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sell you fancy clothes at home and by cheap for your need at the spot. The clima varies so much. From cold misty mountains, dry hot deserts, rain forrests, and what about bikini for the beach? I just gave away to the poor and homeless what I no longer needed. A good sleeping bag is essensiel. Further more bring smiles and lots of patience.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: In the jungle you'll might need malaria crap.It's cheaper in Ecuador and just as good.
Photo Equipment: film rolles are available everywhere, if you need something fancy, stuck up in quito.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: During spring months of September- November, bring light clothing. It is humid during the day. The nights were warm.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring mosquito repellent! You will get eaten up without it.
Miscellaneous: What can I say about the mouse-sized cochroaches... Damn, they were huge. Bring some kind of bug repellent for your luggages. I don't think you want to bring them back home with you.
Luggage and bags: Limit carry-ons to 2 small pieces, as one carry on was taken and put in with the other luggage. Other luggage fared fine, no problems.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take a rain jacket! Despite the fact that Ecuador is on the equator, much of it is in the mountains, which makes it fairly cool at times. I wore a sweatshirt and shorts alot. Boots or waterproof shoes would have been much better than sandals 80% of the time.
Luggage and bags: YOU SHOULD NOT BRING A LOT OF BAGS IT WILL BECOME USELESS AND ANNOYING.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: THE BEST CLOTHES YOU SHOUL BRING IS A RAINCOAT, A PAIR OF SWEATERS, A PAIR OF T SHIRTS, JEANS AND SHORTS.
MY COUNTRY IS NOT VERY COLD BUT QUITO IS SOMETIMES A LITTLE BIT COLD. YOU SHOULD BRING A MIXTURE OF CLOTHES.
Photo Equipment: YOU CAN BRING ANY PHOTO EQUIPMENT BUT IF YOU ARE ON THE STREET YOU SHOULD CARRY THEM WITH YOU AND PAY ATTENTION TO THEM, SPECIALLY IF YOU ARE IN THE BIG CITIES.
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