Ecuador Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by MalenaN
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by MalenaN
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    Papallacta
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Ecuador Warnings and Dangers

  • Road-works

    We saw a fair few sets of road-works in Ecuador, especially over the couple of days we spent in and around the Cotopaxi National Park and Quilotoa. According to Jose Luiz, the president of the country took a camping holiday in the former last year and was so horrified by the state of the main road into and through the park that he declared it...

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  • Altitude sickness

    Ecuador is a small country but a very varied one. Its mainland is usually regarded as consisting of three very distinct regions – to the east the Amazon and surrounding rainforest, down the centre the highlands of the Andes, and to the west the coastal plain. Most of our time here was spent in the highlands, where many of the main draws for...

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  • Beware of the roads.

    I have mentioned in a transportation tip here that the buses can be pretty dangerous in Ecuador. Not only can they be dangerous but there are frequent delays. Apart from mechanical defects which do happen, there are the powers of nature to contend with. In a country with such a mountainous interior it is almost inevitable that roads will be washed...

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  • Altitude

    Quito is at ca. 2800 meters above sea level, and this is just the beginning. Places like Quilotoa, Cuicocha, Cotopaxi are on a even higher level. Even if you are reasonably fit, you will notice that the altitude makes physical activities more exhausting; sometimes I had the impression that 1 hour high altitude hiking in Ecuador equals 2 hours...

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  • Safety in Ecuador

    I was a little paranoid after reading the warnings in guide books and internet forums that Ecuador - mainly the cities - can be dangerous, given that this was my first time in Latin America. In the end, I had a perfectly good time here, with not one bad or dangerous event along the way. Still, a few recommendations that are based on reliable...

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  • Wow

    Reading all these comments I am amazed and shocked. I am a Canadian living in Guayaquil, the subject of many comments, and have done so incident free for over a year now. Many times I have had the opportunity to run into tourists from many parts of the world and frankly I do not know what is going through their minds. First off, they dress as if...

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  • Ecuadorian Cities: pickpockets and...

    As everywhere in not-that-rich-countries be aware of pickpockets and possible robberies. Walking up the hill to Virgin Mary statue in Quito through a really poor area you probably shouldn't do at all or at least not by yourself.

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  • Drugs

    There is a hard to detect powdered drug that people use to trap tourists. Don't accept any cards or advertisements on the street as they can contain the drug. It will make you willing to go along with anything (such as handing over all your valuables) and you will forget everything. And as always, be extremely careful with your drinks.

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  • Fake story of a loto win!

    Do not let anyone talk to you about their winning money at the LOTO~!I speak Spanish but am from Canada. This poor looking Ecuadorian comes up to me and ask me to read this letter as he says he does not read or write? You read the letter about his boss writing to the lawyer that says my worker does not read or write he has won 200,000.dollars at...

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  • Just use common sense...

    The story of my lost luggage triggered off a lot of different narrations from other travelers. Everybody had some bad experienced to tell. Some had been robbed of their bags during a bus ride others had lost things left in the room, and a little more... scary but very common, unfortunately, many had been robbed of their necklace, or cameras in the...

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  • Losing Everything...!

    How do you feel about it? Losing your luggage upon arriving. Well, I'll tell you ..It's a bit of a shock. Especially because you can't buy all the things you need until your luggage is declared lost for ever. So you have to wait for 21 before you get compensated. The worst is that Avianca wouldn't pay me even then, using some unacceptable excuses,...

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  • Slow and savor the oxygen

    A lot of Ecuador is at a high elevation. Quito is close to 2800 m (~9000 ft), which is far above the elevation which most people are used to living. If you head to the highlands of Ecuador, even Quito, give yourself some time to adjust. Don't rush out to hike right away; you might find climbing stairs a bit winding. But don't worry, your body will...

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  • Personal Security

    I had no problems in Ecuador at all. The only problem I heard of was a friend who's personal debit card details were swipped when she used her card to oped the door to enter the cash machine room. Otherwise if youve been to Mexico City you will find Ecuador far less intimidating. Obviously take the usual precausions with cash etc. Its a lovely...

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  • CUENCA: SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS CLOSE...

    OK, this was something that I found difficult to understand.Cuenca is, like, the 3rd largest city of Ecuador. OK, maybe it is a distant 3rd. But once I stepped out and hit the street at 7pm and found that nearly all the shops were shut, and the streets were nearly deserted with most lights out. It was frankly, a little eerie, as you just see the...

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  • QUIET QUITO

    On Sundays, many towns and cities in Latin America go to sleep and it does feel quite eerie to walk around in most of these towns and cities on Sundays. Frankly, of the few times I was robbed in Latin America, they happened on Sundays.I totally could guess that colonial Quito will be like a ghost-town on Sundays. But I certainly did not expect the...

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  • respect the altitude

    Yes, Ecuador has all types of terrains and you could spend much of your trip at sea level if you so desire. You could even fly into Guayaquil and avoid high altitude altogether if that is your goal. But if you are flying into Quito you will have to deal with 2800 meters, over 10,000 feet and an altitude that many have never experienced. Take it...

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  • Coming from Peru

    by bus or plane: Be sure You got rid of Your Coca leaves before entering Ecuador. They are legal in Peru (and are quite helpful against altitude sickness without having any drug-like effects) but illegal in Ecuador and a few hunderd meters behind the border police and/or military with dogs will check bags!

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  • night time

    Its dangerous at night there, especially in Quito and Guayaquil. always take a taxi at night and ask your taxi driver to wait for you as you enter into your hotel/apartment where ever. i had a friend who lived about 2 blocks from a bar that we often went to and he was robbed 3 times. but each time he never had any money on him so they always took...

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  • Pickpockets, mugging

    If you are thinking of visiting Ecuador you probably already heard about the very frequent pickpocketing and mugging incidents. I am pleased to say that my stay in Ecuador proved to be trouble free in this regards - but obviously I took precautions, so I will share them. - I put most of my money as well as passport and a visa in a leg pouch. It is...

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  • Banos - Rio Pastaza

    From Banos, it is a nice stroll to the banks of Rio Pastaza close by. But beware of the very strong current! A fellow traveller only wanted to go knee-deep into the water and was taken away by the current. She was lucky and got hold of a stone, so she could rescue herself. If that happens to somebody - do not jump in to help, sad as it is: You...

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  • Mountain Driving

    Driving in Ecuador is not impossible, but not for the meek! Accidents are frequent, and often deadly. Here are a few tips...1. Use your lights at all times - even if others don't. It's so they can see you, not necessarily vice-versa.2. Be prepared on curves for a car to be coming towards you in your lane - there are no 'no passing zones'3. The same...

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  • Beware of Gas Station Pits

    In Ecuador, there is no law, at least not one that is enforced, that requires gas stations to securely cover up the pit where the gas storage tanks are located.Generally these tanks are located on the edge of the property, and have a 2 to 3 foot wall surrounding the hole. Most stations, however, cover these holes only with corrugated tin or...

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  • Rabies / Tollwut (dog Bites)

    Rabies vaccination (Tollwut-Impfung)If you like running of bikung: Highly recommendet.I was biking, and all dogs chase every thing who is faster than walking - also Cars.If a dog who is infected by Rabies bits you, you you die in 99% whitin 4 Days!!!After Infectiom, its almost impossible to alive.But you can make a vaccination before traveling. (i...

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  • Malaria

    Quito is to high for (Malaria-)Mosquitos There is no danger.But if you visit the coast or the Rain-Forest its nessesary to carry on the medicaments.It depends of your activity. some people need the medicaments in advance. I had medicaments just for case of emercency.

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  • old town

    I've had people tell me to stay out of old town, day or night, unless you're with a group. I didn't get that feeling from old town, I think you'd be fine during the day as long as you stay on the main streets. It is probably not, however, a place you'd want to hang around in after dark.

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  • Mariscal Sucre at night

    The center of new town and hence where most tourists are, Mariscal Sucre, can be a bit dodgy at night. The main streets aren't too bad, but avoid straying down dimly lit side streets and don't linger on Avenue Amazonas unless you're with a group.

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  • English is a tricky language!

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  • Volcanos

    Before approaching the volcanos for sightseeing or climbing, try to get information from reliable sources in order to know the current colcanic activity.Same warning before going to Banos.

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  • Waves

    When you're in the Pacific coast, no problem of altitude! But mind the waves, they can be dangerous.

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  • Altitude

    Do not forget, when arriving in Quito, that the altitude is very very high. You need to get used to it a little bit before commiting any excess (drinking too much alcohol, smoking, running...)

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  • Crime

    Quito and Guayaquil, as every big city with poverty problems, is not exempted from crime issues.However, using common sense and avoiding wandering alone at night in certain areas should be enough to keep away from big problems.

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  • Polution

    Polution in the big cities of Ecuador (especially in Quito) is a nightmare! That's mainly because of the terrific traffic jam and the old buses and cars.

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  • Buses

    Buses are the main (if not the only one) way of transportation in Ecuador, except for a few expensive liaisons between the most important cities of the country.The network is well done and works quite normally. But it may hairraising to take the bus, especially in the Andes. And the only thing you may do (ask the bus rider to go slowly is totally...

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  • Quito : Pollution

    Pollution is just unbearable in Quito. It's mostly coming from the buses (old ones), and also from cars (olds ones too). Only one bus company is non-polluting : it's not enough, and I don'tu understand that the municipality doesn't give much more attention to this matter, as it's so proud to declare that the city belongs to the Patrimony of...

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  • Guaranda : Careful to water ! Attention...

    They loooove throwing things at you, during Carnaval. In Guaranda, we were lucky enough, it was only water... But it was raining so much that we didn't really understand why they went on with water bombs or water riffles !!! That's weird !Ils adoooorent vous balancer des trucs, pendant Carnaval. A Guaranda, on a eu de la chance, finalement, c'etait...

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  • Mompiche : I might be there - Chuis...

    I am notariously dangerous... Avoid me (and let me enjoy Mompiche !!!) !!Je suis notoirement dangereux ... Evitez-moi (et laissez moi en paix a Mompiche !!) !!

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  • How to deal with the Banks (3) - Les...

    The tip is there, in this third part... If you see big queues in front of the banks' offices, do not hesitate to ignore them, if you want to withdraw cash money. Sometimes, these queues occure in front of the ATM... but, there is nothing to do but waiting, in this case !! On doit donc passer devant ces files d'attente quand on vient juste retirer...

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  • How to deal with the Banks (2) - Les...

    Except from managing the museums, banks also receive the tax declarations and are the managers of the social security system. Each month, hundreds of women wait in front of the banks' offices, exchanging babies before entering the office and begging for the monthly ammount givent to unemployed women with children (about 10 to 12 USD a month). This...

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  • How to deal with the Banks (1) - Les...

    The first branch of the State is the Bank. When you know this, you better understand the external debt of the country ! Bankers tend to go away with the cash in their saves, put there by the State, public companies or honnest citizens. Here, the bankrupty law often works for the banks... And notwithstanding the fact that the State, taking some...

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  • Be Careful with the insects - Les...

    They're everywhere and have very strange shapes...Also, it would be wrong to say that, at 2500 meters above the sea level, they are no mosquitos or beetles...Indeed, they are rare, but you can find some very interesting species, as the one I found, very late at night, on the wall of our bathroom (the body is about 10 centimeters large)...Ils sont...

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  • Don't watch too much TV ! Trop de tele...

    You'll see that a lot of Ecuadorians spend their time in front of TV screens : don't try and imitate this local custom !!! There is so much to see here...Vous constaterez que beaucoup d'Equatoriens passent leur temps devant des ecrans de tele : ne les imitez pas !! Il y a bien trop de choses a voir ici...

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  • Mira por donde pongas sus pies ! Fais...

    Be careful, sometimes, you are so impressed by the landscapes that you don't look at what is just beneath your feet...Look at the picture and see what danger we just avoided ...Faut faire attention, parfois, la faune se melange avec la flore et on ne regarde plus ou on met les pieds...Si on regarde bien cette photo, on peut voir le danger que nous...

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  • Seasickness on the Galapagos Islands

    If you are going to the Galapagos and you have a tendency to seasickness/motion sickness, you probably will experience it especially if on a small boat (12-16 people). The ocean around the Galapagos can be quite rough especially if traveling for 2-3 hours. Dramamine has little effect on me so I definitely used the (Transderm-Scop) Scopalomine...

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  • Volcanoes and Robberies

    I went to Ecuador twice last year... I loved it, and I highly recommend it. Now, that doesn't mean everything is safe. A man walked by and reached into my pocket, stealing a few dollars one night. He ran off when I pursued him.A volcano erupted on my second trip, cancelling my flight, closing most stores and interrupting e-mail and phone lines. I...

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  • water fights

    If you travel in the beginning of March you might get very wet. People especialy in the mountain areas celebrate their carnival.

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