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Ecuador

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==Other destinations==
* [[Maquipucuna]] - Cloud forest Reserve & the closest pristine rainforest to Quito.
* [[Canoa]] - Small Beach Town
==Get in==
By express provision of the President of the Republic, from Friday June 20, 2008, citizens of any nationality may enter Ecuador without a visa and stay for a period of ninety days[http://bkpk.me/ecuador-visa-for-indians-and-anyone-else/], principle of free movement of persons and to strengthen relations between Ecuador and all countries of the world, and promote tourism, however, Colombian citizens must present their valid passport in addition to the last court order to enter Ecuador. Chinese citizens need to approach the consulate for incorporation of a stamp in the passport before entry to Ecuador.
===By plane===
===By bus===
Intercity buses travel to almost everywhere in Ecuador. All the intercity bus routes and schedules are available online at [http://www.ecuadorschedules.com ecuadorschedules.com] Many cities have a central bus terminal, known as the terminal terrestre, where it is possible to buy tickets from the various bus lines that serve the city. Long-distance buses typically cost from $1 to $2 per hour, depending on the distance and the type of service; groups may be able to negotiate discounts. Buses are frequent along major routes.
Reservations or advance purchases usually aren't needed except during peak periods such as holidays. The bathroom on the bus, if any, is usually reserved for women. However, it is permissible for men to request that the bus make a stop so that they might relieve themselves. The bus rides themselves are often quite beautiful, through mountain views in the clouds. These altitude changes cause many of the same ear pressure problems which are associated with an airplane ride.
===By car===
Although there is a possibility to rent a car and drive around Ecuador DON'T. Like many countries around the world, Ecuador’s driving laws are few and rarely (if ever) enforced. Deciding to drive will be taking your life into your own hands. Perhaps if you will just be driving around cities like Guayaquil or Quito it is slightly safer but to drive around the countryside would be insanity.
On top of the poor driving skills , Ecuadorian roads are rarely maintained (especially along the coast). Potholes are numerous and it is highly likely it will take out a tire or two if you do end up hitting one.  However, over the last 5 years a massive investment has been put forth to re-build the road network (USD 4600 millions, according to the Ministry of public works and transport [http://www.obraspublicas.gob.ec/?p=3035]). There is still a huge network of secondary roads, which suffer from the problems stated above, but the main roads leading to major tourist destinations have good infrastructure and are generally thoroughly signalled.
===By taxi===
===By plane===
Domestic flights to major cities on the mainland costs from $50-$100 one-way, and there are sometimes roundtrip promotions for about the same price. You can find domestic flight schedules online at [http://www.ecuadorschedules.com ecuadorschedules.com]and individual airlines' schedules on their sites. Flights between the biggest cities are in jets, and some of the smaller cities are served by prop aircraft. The domestic airlines in Ecuador are LanEcuador, Tame, Aerogal, VIP, Icaro and Saereo. Most of the airlines in Ecuador offer excellent service and relatively new planes. You can buy domestic air tickets from agents or directly from the airlines - some sell tickets online and you can buy them at the airport or ticket offices for those who don't.
===By hitchhiking===
Baños is the perfect city for the outdoors or extreme sports enthusiast, offering rafting, mountain climbing and backpacking excursions of all sorts. It is possible to get an English speaking guide. Be sure to get all the necessary vaccinations, as it is possible to get some nasty infections from prolonged exposure to the water. Baños also offers a public hot spring mineral bath, which only charges $1 admission. Other, more expensive baths also exist, but are fed from the exact same water. It is best to arrive at these baths as they open, as the water is freshest and cleanest then.
 
The [[Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve]] is probably the best place to see the '''Amazon Rainforest''' in Ecuador, even though there are other national parks which are also interesting (such as the Yasuni National Park). It is a place of high biodiversity and nature lovers should feel in paradise. That is a good way to discover the indigenous communities of Ecuador and to eventually meet a local shaman. It is necessary to get to Lago Agrio to reach the reserve. Private transportation is made possible by the local accommodation, which is provided by eco-lodges.
[[Ibarra]] -and the whole Imbabura province- is about a 90mins ride from [[Quito]] and offers many touristic activities such as community tourism, adventure tours (rafting, swing jumping, kayaking, trekking, etc) and indigenous visits. The most recommended places in Imbabura to visit are: '''Ibarra, Otavalo, Intag and Cotacachi'''
==Eat==
Throughout the country there is a lot of variety as to what is typically eaten, depending on the location. In the Sierra, potatoes almost always accompany lunch and dinner, and in the coast rice is popular. Soup is also a big part of lunch and dinner. Breakfasts often consist of toast, eggs, and juice or fruit. Batidos, or fruit shakes, are popular breakfast items or snacks. Especially in the Coastline, Ecuadorians make a variety of breakfast meals based on green or sweet plantain and yuca, such as bolonoes, empanadas, patacones, corviches, muchines, pan de yuca, humitas and others. They are cooked with either cheese, pork or fish. They are very filling an and unexpensive meals.
[[Image:Locro de papa.jpg|thumb|300px|Locro de Papa]]
===Telephone===
For most visitors, the easiest place to make phone calls is an Internet cafe, most of which provide VOIP VoIP service at reasonable rates. You can call the United States for about $0.10 per minute and Europe for a bit more. Avoid making a phone call through an operator; the cost for an international call can be $3 or more per minute. For calls within Ecuador, it is possible to use a telephone cabin. This is an entire storefront filled with telephones. Generally, you are assigned a booth by the proprietor, you make your call, then you pay as you leave. Calls within Ecuador are more expensive than domestic calls in most countries, but not unreasonable, except for calls to cell phones, which generate most of their revenue by charging the caller. Also, call prices increase depending on the distance of your call within Ecuador, based on city, province, etc. Visitors making an extended stay should consider purchasing a cell phone. Most are sold on a prepaid-call basis, and phone refill cards can be purchased in all but the smallest towns. It is also possible to get a modern GSM cellular phone "unlocked" so that it will function in Ecuador (you can take your own phone, if it compatible with GSM 850MHz), however, this should be reserved for emergencies as the cost of actually making such a call is usually exorbitant (about $0,45 per minute).
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