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.
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.
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: 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.
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: 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: After 116 years dealing with sucres, Equatorians bid goodbye to their old currency in 2000 and adopted the US dollar as the new one. Ever since, Equator is by no means a cheap destination, but, at least, there is no need to make difficult calcullations when translating prices into Euros.
Credit cards are widely accepted and cash dispensers are plentiful in the urban areas, so there is no need to bring along a lot of cash.
What not to bring...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't get carried away and bring lots of shorts and sleeveless tops. Long-sleeved shirts and long trousers are a much better and more environmentally-friendly defence against insects than chemical insect repellent. For the same reason, stick with socks and shoes/trainers, rather than sandals - mosquitoes love feet....
The Equatorial sun can really burn you, too, so that's another good reason to cover up.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It's very easy to buy recognisable brands of soap, shampoo, toothpaste, sunscreen, insect repellant, etc., so buy them in Ecuador rather than bringing them with you and you'll be helping the local economy too. Small villages have very little choice, but you can get almost anything in the big supermarkets and pharmacies in cities and large towns.
EXCEPTIONS: Ecuador does not have antiseptic cream (they use liquid alcohol instead, but it is very drying to your skin), so bring your own Savlon/Germolene, etc. Nail brushes are not always easy to find, bring your own to keep your nails clean and so reduce the risk of tummy troubles.Related to:
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