Ecuador What to Pack

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    Nelson has picked us up at the camping
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  • Near Sani Lodge, Ecuador
    Near Sani Lodge, Ecuador
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  • Near Sani Lodge, Ecuador
    Near Sani Lodge, Ecuador
    by MalenaN

Ecuador What to Pack

  • What to bring when going to the Amazon,...

    While going to Sani Lodge I left some of my luggage at the hotel in Quito. I packed the things I was bringing to Sani Lodge in a big backpack, but also brought a smaller daypack to use while at the lodge. I left my hiking boots in Quito as Sani Lodge provides rubber boots for all hikes during the stay there. As it can be wet and muddy rubber boots...

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  • What to bring when hiking in the...

    If you are hiking between the villages in the Quilotoa area it is good to leave some of your luggage somewhere else, as you will be hiking for many hours at high altitude. I left many things at Hostal Tiana in Latacunga, where I stayed both before and after visiting the Quilotoa area. I was away for a week. I packed what I needed for that week in...

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  • Bring Sunscreen

    Sunscreen is a must in Ecuador. Even if its not hot or sunny, you can get burned. Becuase Ecuador lies on the equator, the sun's rays are more direct. Also, if you're in the sierra region (such as in or around Quito or Cuenca) you are closer to the sun.

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  • Never go anywhere without TP

    A hat is a must for the hot sun. I was in Quito and the Galapagos in early June, technically their winter but it's dry and the days were hot and sunny. A skort was perfect...skirt type thing that has built in shorts. Lightweight and cool. Columbia Sportswear makes a great one. And comfortable cool walking shoes. I loved the Salmon shoes you can...

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  • don't carry much

    Almost everything is needed in this small but so diverse country. If you want to be as smart and elegant as you are in your country, which, in my opinion, is absolutely unnecessary, carry your favourite clothes. Even if you come in summer you will need a jacket. How warm it should be depends on your sensitivity to cold. If your jacket is light at...

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  • Birdwatching Essentials

    - Waterproof gear. You'll be in the forest, it's wet, get used to it. - Long lens, at least 300mm, to ensure the birds are up close and sharp.- At least a monopod, if not a tripod. It can get dark, and you're shooting far away... don't want blurry pics.- Fast film (or digital sensor) to combat the darkness of the forest. - An umbrella. Without...

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  • For surviving jungle exploration

    - Waterproof sack for your backpack... something to slip over and keep it dry. - Waterproof jacket. Very waterproof.- Waterproof boots. Even rubber boots to combat the mud. - Mosquito repellent... even up to 100% DEET if you feel like it... these suckers bite. - An umbrella. Without a doubt, the best thing I brought with me to Ecuador. Saved me...

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  • backpacking

    A backpack is not only essential for doing multi-day hiking trips but makes traveling by bus a lot easier. Sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support are necessary for backpacking and sandals that stay on your feet are handy for river crossings. They also double for around town casual wear. Tampons are difficult to find in all but the biggest...

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  • What not to bring...

    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...

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  • For Ecuador you have to pack a bit of...

    Backpacks are by far the most comfortable - especially if planning to go to the Amazon and to the Galapagos. Also the best option if you shall be travelling by bus. So Ecuador has hot, humid lowlands as well as ice capped volcanos - so you have to pack both your swimsuit as well as your thick jackets ... Don't forget that the capital, Quito is at...

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  • Take ALL that you need

    Make absolute sure and protect your camera and power supplies are more than sufficient. At the time, I was shooting 2.1mgp, and took well over 1,000 pictures. Splurge and get the 2500mA batteries. Make sure your camera has traveled well, one poor sole on our trip, with an expensive Nikon, it locked up after about 30 pic's - the very first day,...

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  • Money

    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...

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  • In your bagpack!

    First of all, you need a bagback to travel in Ecuador. This is the best way to deal with transportation...A protection for your bagpack is a good idea since it will be placed on the roof of the buses or in other places not particularly clean. So if you care, think about it. You need warm clothes (for the Andes) and light clothes (for the coast)....

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  • Layer clothing in the Ecuadorian climate

    Pack light if you plan to move around as porters are not plentiful even at the airport. Layered clothing such as Polar Tec jacket with a quick dry t-shirt with stretch pants for the Quito area which can be warm in the day and cold at night. Most hotels do not have heaters. Shoes I wore "Aqua Socks" as they were light weight for Quito, Galapagos...

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  • Layers!

    It is a good idea to bring clothing that you can layer, especially if you'll be travelling in more than one area of Ecuador. The mountainous Andean region can get very cold at night, sometimes reaching freezing in Quito for example. But since Ecuador lies on the equator, it can also get very warm during the day, esp. when the sun shines....

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  • Packing List

    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. 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. A video...

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    Take a small backpack with nothing of value packed inside! 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. Bug spray and hand...

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    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 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...

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  • Packing List

    WHAT TO BRING TO GALAPAGOSLuggage 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.ClotingTwo pairs of sneakers.Shorts.Long and short-sleeve lightweight shirts.Bathing suit.A...

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    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. Summer in the states is winter there and visa versa. Medical facilities are about 15 years behind in Ecaudor, but, all perscriptions are over the counter in South America.

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    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 :)

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    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. 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...

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  • Packing List

    During spring months of September- November, bring light clothing. It is humid during the day. The nights were warm. Bring mosquito repellent! You will get eaten up without it. 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...

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  • Packing List

    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. 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...

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  • Packing List

    YOU SHOULD NOT BRING A LOT OF BAGS IT WILL BECOME USELESS AND ANNOYING. 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. YOU CAN BRING ANY PHOTO EQUIPMENT BUT IF YOU ARE ON THE STREET...

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