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For future reference the Wikitravel:CIA World Factbook 2002 import can be found at Talk:Ecuador/CIA World Factbook 2002 import.

Removed provinces[edit]

I removed the provinces, I don't see any added value for travellers -- Ronald 22:19, 25 Nov 2005 (EST)


Chimborazo not a city[edit]

Chimborazo was listed as a city. There is a province called Chimborazo, but the city which is "host" to the mountain is Riobamba. --pjt33

English-language newspapers[edit]

I managed to buy the Miami Herald from a small street news-stand in Riobamba (by Correos). Was this exceptional, or should mention of the possibility of buying English-language newspapers in the street be added? --pjt33


On the use of automated teller machines: I was part of a large group, and we had different (UK) banks. Most of us found that we couldn't make withdrawals from all banks, and which banks we could and could not use varied between us, although in each case a network universally worked or didn't. For example, I could withdraw from any Banco de Guayaquil machine, but never from a Banco de Pichincha machine. Therefore be prepared to try two or three ATMs in order to find one which works.

I added this info to article, as I agree and think it is important to travellers. --Fridday


I deleted the price given for water ($0.25 / bottle) because, obviously, it depends on the size of the bottle. A 5 litre bottle is typically about $1, and a 25 litre bottle $2.50, although for the latter you may also have a pay a deposit on the bottle.


Should information regarding visas to enter the country be added? I have found it hard to find exact information(accept at the consulates themselves) regarding the documents to bring for the various visas. 08:05, 12 September 2006 (EDT) No visa needed to enter the country



The regions used currently are quite a mess.. I d be willing to sort these

What we have right now is :

Could that be used as regions ? Three regions only for mainland Ecuador seems few.. I ll look for a list of the departments and a map so we can sort them out precisely.

Rafcha 16:24, 27 October 2009 (EDT)

Here are a list of provinces with the capital and proposed region :
1 Azuay Cuenca Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
2 Bolívar Guaranda Coastal Lowlands (Ecuador)
3 Cañar Azogues Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
4 Carchi Tulcán Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
5 Chimborazo Riobamba Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
6 Cotopaxi Latacunga Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
7 El Oro Machala Coastal Lowlands (Ecuador)
8 Esmeraldas Esmeraldas Coastal Lowlands (Ecuador)
9 Galápagos Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Galapagos Islands
10 Guayas Guayaquil Coastal Lowlands (Ecuador)
11 Imbabura Ibarra Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
12 Loja Loja Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
13 Los Ríos Babahoyo Coastal Lowlands (Ecuador)
14 Manabí Portoviejo Coastal Lowlands (Ecuador)
15 Morona-Santiago Macas Amazon (Ecuador)
16 Napo Tena Amazon (Ecuador)
17 Orellana Puerto Francisco de Orellana Amazon (Ecuador)
18 Pastaza Puyo Amazon (Ecuador)
19 Pichincha Quito Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
20 Santa Elena Santa Elena Coastal Lowlands (Ecuador)
21 Santo Domingo Santo Domingo de Los Colorados Coastal Lowlands (Ecuador)
22 Sucumbíos Nueva Loja Amazon (Ecuador)
23 Tungurahua Ambato Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
24 Zamora-Chinchipe Zamora Amazon (Ecuador)

To sum up :

I ll wait for some feedback and then sort the articles using these categoriesRafcha 17:15, 27 October 2009 (EDT)

I agree that three regions is fewer than what would be ideal, but I don't know anything about travel in Ecuador, so I won't be able to really help. Your sort, though, into the existing regions looks good to me. --Peter Talk 18:06, 27 October 2009 (EDT)
Oh, and that map can be uploaded to Shared—select the "GFDL and any Attribution-ShareAlike" option from the pulldown menu on the upload form. Here's a guide to the different licenses we allow for images. --Peter Talk 18:13, 27 October 2009 (EDT)
While doing the sorting i realize theses regions make the most sense, at least geographically. The only further division i could imagine is splitting the Andean region into north and south parts.Rafcha 18:28, 27 October 2009 (EDT)

Find a good home for prose...[edit]

Below is the material that I removed from a "To Do" section in the Ecuador article. (We don't usually have "Do" sections in country articles.)

Please try and find appropriate homes for this material (but probably NOT in our Ecuador article!) --Ttcf (talk) 03:07, 13 November 2014 (EST)


To Do[edit]

The capital Quito, is a city with a lot of history where you can walk in downtown, enjoying the beautiful colonial buildings. There is also the "Teleférico" (cable-car) which takes passengers from the highest mountain in Quito to see the whole city from the sky. Admission is $8.50 per person (November 2010). There are many welcoming cafes as well as many dancing clubs open every weekend, often until 5AM.

In Guayaquil, an excellent place to visit is the Malecón 2000, which is very similar to Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois, offering food, shopping, boat rides and a beautiful view of the river. Except for electronics, prices are quite low; however, almost everything sold with any sort of brand name is a knockoff. This area is very well patrolled and quite safe. For a real adventure, it is possible to visit the more authentic, less expensive, and far more dangerous Bahía or "Informal Market". It is not advisable to visit it without a native. It is possible to purchase a knockoff of almost anything here. Pirated video games and movies also abound; it is possible to purchase game systems modified to play such games as well. Make the proprietors prove to you that any movies or games you might purchase actually work before buying though. In the Bahía, it is necessary to haggle for all items.

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.

Cuenca is a World Heritage City. It was founded 1000s of years ago at the junction of five rivers and is the finest example of colonial Spanish architecture in the world with an immense cobble stoned "old town", spotlessly clean like all Ecuadorian cities today. Its restaurants are world class and it boasts its own Symphony Orchestra. It is an exciting blend of many cultures and time periods..having outdoor farmer's markets blocks from modern marbled floored malls.

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

Montañita Town In the coast, 3 hours from Guayaquil, This is a growing town with many particularies which makes it great to visit: Good Beach and incredible surroundings, the people, incredible nightlife, and surf. There are many people who live in the town permanently from all over the world.