Make sure your passport is up to date:
This is easy to forget, but it is completely vital when traveling internationally.
Passports are only valid for 10 years since their last approval, and for minors. Applying for or renewing a passport is an easy process, but it can take weeks or months in some countries, so think about this long before your trip. It is also a good idea to bring your driver’s license or other forms of identification to be sure.
Make copies of your passport:
A digital copy of all your important documents can be emailed and you can also place them in different places along your luggage. If you lose your passport, you do not want to be stranded without a way to get home.
Confirm all your itinerary information:
Before leaving, send an email or call your travel agency to confirm all the logistic details of your trip. Many companies and hotels will coordinate your entire vacation, but if you are leaving it in your hands, always confirm that you have planned everything according to your needs and wishes.
Health trips and vaccines:
Check with your doctor before leaving and see which vaccines they recommend for the specific regions to which you are traveling. Depending on the region, the Center for Disease Control may recommend vaccines against hepatitis A, yellow fever and typhoid fever. Malaria may be present in the southern and eastern regions of the Amazon and on the north Pacific coast. Ecuador does not require vaccines to visit the most common travel regions, such as Galapagos, Quito and Guayaquil. The Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador has excellent updated reports in Spanish from region to region at http://www.salud.gob.ec/
Ecuador passed a law that requires all travelers to purchase travel insurance that includes health insurance coverage during their stay in the country (including the Galapagos). This law has not yet been implemented, but despite this, it is strongly recommended to obtain travel insurance that covers it against travel delays, loss of property and medical emergencies.
Pre-trip for Ecuador checklist Packaging
Packaging in advance:
Its number one motto for international travel is “Be prepared”. If you wait until the last minute to pack your bag, you may need to buy something extra or forget something, and it could be something important. . But if you make the package one week in advance, you can check your packing list and verify that you have not missed anything.
Prepare for the multiple climates of Ecuador:
Even if you leave home in the cold winter months of the northern hemisphere, remember that you will land in sunny Ecuador. The mountain capital, Quito, of the Sierra region, has a milder climate, so if this is your destination or even your stopover on your trip to another place, prepare a sweater for cold nights. If your destination is the Galapagos Islands or any other place along the coast or in the Amazon, prepare for the heat. There is one thing in common with all the destinations in Ecuador: an intense equatorial sun. Bring high SPF block, sunglasses and a hat. Here is a packing list for the Amazon region and the Galapagos Islands.
All experienced travelers will tell you that this can make your trip much more pleasant. That said, if you hire your trip through Columbus Travel, it is very likely that you have someone to help you with your luggage every step of the way once you arrive at customs. And if you can’t pack the light, weigh the bags. Most airlines will allow you to have 1-2 checked bags of 50 pounds or less per person, plus a hand luggage and a personal item. Different airlines have different size requirements, so check their website before packing.
Make the most of the space:
To get the most out of your limited space, consider rolling up your clothes. This is a trick that backpackers trust, as it will save space in your suitcase. If you still do not have enough space, place your clothes in freezer bags and squeeze the air before sealing the bags. Save space for memories: only you know how many memories you will buy on your trip, but in general it is a good idea to think about that when packing so you have enough space for everything on the trip home.
Buy last minute items before leaving:
If you realize that you need something else for your trip, buy the item in the United States. Airport and international prices in almost everything are higher due to how much it costs to import something. Buying things at your local stores at home before leaving will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Pack batteries, additional chargers:
Batteries and chargers are easy to forget if they are plugged in your home or in a drawer or closet, but don’t let your camera or phone die on the second day because you forgot to pack extra batteries. the charger. Some airports have restrictions on rechargeable lithium batteries. Check with your airline for restrictions.
They are a great way to save money on disposable plastic bottles. It is not recommended to drink tap water in Ecuador, but most hotels and cruises have water available to refill their bottle. Just remember that airports do not allow more than 3 oz. of liquid through the safety of the USA. UU., So it is better to leave it empty until you have crossed the door.
Label your luggage visibly:
Your name, email, phone and address must also be in the suitcase.
Keep a copy of the emergency contact information:
You should have a copy of all important phone numbers and emails for friends and family at home, and vice versa. Many people prefer to use their vacations as a retreat from the worries of their home, but do not allow an emergency during the trip to ruin the trip; Communicate to your home the information of your hotel or cruise line in case of an emergency.
Make sure you have access to everything you will need in your hand luggage:
This includes your passport, boarding pass, earplugs and hearing aids, any reading material, a laptop and charger, your cell phone and an umbrella in case it rains upon arrival.
Print your boarding passes for the plane:
Most airlines now offer electronic tickets or mobile boarding passes also if you have a smartphone. Just make sure you know how to access it before arriving at the airport. You should always have a copy of your pass and reservation, just in case.
Have the contact information of your travel agency and the hotel at hand:
On organized trips, you will always have someone from the agency with whom you booked who will receive you at the airport when you arrive.
Bring your wallet with some cash, a debit card and a credit card:
Ecuador uses the US dollar, so it is not necessary to convert your money. However, as a tourist, there is a stereotype that foreigners carry more money, which makes it a goal for pickpockets, so it is better to carry only the money you will need to travel and your first days in the country. Once you arrive at your destination, most large towns and cities have local ATMs to withdraw money from your account. Credit cards (Visa / Mastercard and, to a lesser extent, American Express) are commonly accepted in restaurants, shops and hotels. It is a very good idea to notify your bank before your departure that you will use it internationally, so that your card is not frozen for unusual foreign charges.
Use discretion when packing jewelry and valuables:
It is not bad to pack some elegant accessories for an elegant dinner or a romantic evening, but remember that the more you pack to travel, the more risk you are losing if the airline loses its bag or if someone does. steal your luggage
See travel warnings and weather reports:
It is always good to know what happens in the country or city of destination. This is both a safety precaution and a useful tool for traveling. The more you know about the current events of a country, the more you can interact and meet the locals. Climate planning is always important, especially if you travel during the rainy season in Ecuador between the end of December and the end of April.
Find out how you will make international calls:
If you own a GSM phone (ATT in the US and most operators in Europe), you can use international roaming (very expensive!) Or buy a chip in Ecuador from Claro or Movistar operators along with a plan Prepaid voice and / or data. Other travelers choose to buy a cheap cell phone ($ 40 +) and a prepaid plan. If you bring your computer, tablet or smartphone, a cheaper and easier option would be to organize Skype calls or Internet calls. Most hotels have WiFi access. There are also online telephone services, such as Pingo and Skype Calling, that allow you to call a landline or cell phone from your online account for a small fee.
Pre-trip checklist for Ecuador Cultural councils
Remember to respect the culture and society of your destiny:
In Ecuador, you are abroad. The more Spanish you speak, the easier it will be to enjoy your experience. In areas with large numbers of tourists such as Galapagos, Quito, Cuenca and Guayaquil, almost everyone in the business will be bilingual, so you don’t have to worry about communication; but show greater respect if you try to communicate in their first language.
Always ask before taking a picture of a person:
Of course, you will want to capture the whole experience to share with your loved ones at home, but keep in mind that if you travel to places like the Amazon or other indigenous regions of the country. , people invite you to their homes and their lives, and it is important to ask for their permission before taking a picture. A good rule of thumb for this is: “Take pictures of stories you experience, not random places and people.”
Pre-trip checklist for Ecuador to leave your home
Before leaving home, turn off everything and unplug:
Since you will be away from home for an extended period of time (more than 24 hours), it is a good idea to turn everything off, unplug it and turn off the circuits. in the breaker This serves multiple functions:
It will save you money on electricity. There is no reason to keep energy in an empty house, especially with things like air conditioning or heater.
It will protect your home against power surges and other possible electrical hazards. Just remember not to disconnect your refrigerator or security system.
Close all windows and doors.
Empty all trash cans in the house.
Ask a friend or neighbor to take care of the house:
Give your keys and security code to a friend, neighbor or trusted family member who can stop every few days to pick up the mail and make sure the house is in good condition.
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