Traveling To

Ecuador

Spanning the equator, Ecuador is filled with rich culture, important histories, and dramatic landscapes to explore. From the striking volcanoes of Banos, to the lush jungles of the Amazon, and famous evolutionary islands of the Galapagos, Ecuador is a must-see for any adventurer.

Traveling To

Ecuador

Spanning the equator, Ecuador is filled with rich culture, important histories, and dramatic landscapes to explore. From the striking volcanoes of Banos, to the lush jungles of the Amazon, and famous evolutionary islands of the Galapagos, Ecuador is a must-see for any adventurer.

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Ecuador Travel Checklist

At Runway, we're looking to empower the traveler with information, resources and access to prescription travel medication. Runway Health Guides are compiled from government sources, local authorities and vetted by a team of licensed travel physicians. From vaccine requirements to medication recommendations, here’s everything you need to know.

Vaccine Entry Requirements for Ecuador

Yellow Fever


If traveling directly from the US, Ecuador does not require any vaccines to enter.

If your itinerary includes a visit to or a 12+ hour layover in another country before arrival in Ecuador, especially Brazil, a Yellow Fever vaccine and proof of vaccination may be required to enter. To see if you are stopping in a Yellow Fever Endemic country before arrival, check here: Countries with Risk of Yellow Fever Transmission: African Continent: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Cono, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda South & Central America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela The CDC recommends booking 4-6 weeks in advance, as proof of vaccination (Yellow Book) is only valid 10 days after you receive the vaccine.

COVID-19


Requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations change regularly. For the latest travel requirements, please refer to this interactive map developed by our friends at Sherpa.

Most travelers get these

when traveling from the US to Ecuador

Vaccines

Childhood Vaccinations

    • Chickenpox
    • Diphtheria – Tetanus – Pertussis
    • Flu (Influenza)
    • Measles – Mumps – Rubella (MMR) 
    • Polio
    • Shingles
    • Hepatitis A
    • Hepatitis B

Medications

Altitude Sickness Medication

as Ecuador is a fairly mountainous country and altitude sickness is commonly experienced among people visiting the traditional highlights above 8,000ft, including Quito. Consider traveling with medication for altitude sickness as symptoms set in within the first 6-24 hours.

Altitude Sickness Medication

to alleviate an intestinal infection resulting from eating or drinking contaminated food or water. It is the most common travel-related illness and can occur anywhere, but the highest-risk destinations are in Asia, Africa, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Middle East.

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Some travelers get these

when traveling from the US to Ecuador

Vaccines

Yellow Fever

even though proof of vaccination is not required to enter, there are certain areas of Ecuador with a presence of Yellow Fever, especially the Amazon and regions east of the Andes. Consider vaccination if venturing beyond popular tourist areas of Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil, and Quito.

Typhoid

if you are visiting rural or remote areas or enjoying an extended stay in the country.

Medications

Malaria Medication

if traveling beyond popular tourist areas such as Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil, and Quito, where there is low transmission of malaria. Malaria is commonly found in lowland areas throughout the country and especially the Amazon region. Plan ahead- you may have to start taking medication for several days before and after you travel to ensure that it is effective.

Motion Sickness Medication

will ensure your travels by air, land or sea are more enjoyable without nausea and dizziness tagging along.

Travel Checklist

At Runway, we're looking to empower the traveler with information, resources and access to prescription travel medication. Runway Health Guides are compiled from government sources, local authorities and vetted by a team of licensed travel physicians. From vaccine requirements to medication recommendations, here’s everything you need to know.

Yellow Fever

If traveling directly from the US, Ecuador does not require any vaccines to enter.

If your itinerary includes a visit to or a 12+ hour layover in another country before arrival in Ecuador, especially Brazil, a Yellow Fever vaccine and proof of vaccination may be required to enter. To see if you are stopping in a Yellow Fever Endemic country before arrival, check here: Countries with Risk of Yellow Fever Transmission: African Continent: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Cono, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda South & Central America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela The CDC recommends booking 4-6 weeks in advance, as proof of vaccination (Yellow Book) is only valid 10 days after you receive the vaccine.

COVID-19

Requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations change regularly. For the latest travel requirements, please refer to this interactive map developed by our friends at Sherpa.

when traveling from the US to Ecuador

Vaccines

Childhood Vaccinations

    • Chickenpox
    • Diphtheria – Tetanus – Pertussis
    • Flu (Influenza)
    • Measles – Mumps – Rubella (MMR) 
    • Polio
    • Shingles
    • Hepatitis A
    • Hepatitis B

Medications

Altitude Sickness Medication

as Ecuador is a fairly mountainous country and altitude sickness is commonly experienced among people visiting the traditional highlights above 8,000ft, including Quito. Consider traveling with medication for altitude sickness as symptoms set in within the first 6-24 hours.

Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics

to alleviate an intestinal infection resulting from eating or drinking contaminated food or water. It is the most common travel-related illness and can occur anywhere, but the highest-risk destinations are in Asia, Africa, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Middle East.

when traveling from the US to Ecuador

Vaccines

Yellow Fever

even though proof of vaccination is not required to enter, there are certain areas of Ecuador with a presence of Yellow Fever, especially the Amazon and regions east of the Andes. Consider vaccination if venturing beyond popular tourist areas of Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil, and Quito.

Typhoid

if you are visiting rural or remote areas or enjoying an extended stay in the country.

Medications

Malaria Medication

if traveling beyond popular tourist areas such as Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil, and Quito, where there is low transmission of malaria. Malaria is commonly found in lowland areas throughout the country and especially the Amazon region. Plan ahead- you may have to start taking medication for several days before and after you travel to ensure that it is effective.

Motion Sickness Medication

will ensure your travels by air, land or sea are more enjoyable without nausea and dizziness tagging along.

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If you are traveling to Ecuador directly from the US or from any country NOT listed below, there are no medical entry requirements.

 

ℹ️ If you are traveling to Ecuador OR have a 12+ hour layover in one of the countries listed below, you will need to get a Yellow Fever vaccination at least 10 days prior to travel and to travel with your proof of vaccination card to enter Ecuador.  

  • African Continent: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda 
  • South & Central America: Brazil

Furthermore, Galapagos travel restrictions also include submitting a “transit control card” which can be obtained by your tour operator. Since requirements can change without notice, it’s best to regularly check for updates prior to your trip.

In addition to ensuring your vaccinations are up to date before traveling to Ecuador, there are several medications to bring with you on your trip. Runway can prescribe the medication you need before you depart. We also provide chat support to answer questions you may have.

 

  • Malaria Medication: Ecuador malaria cases are more likely in areas below 5000 ft in elevation, including the provinces of Cotopaxi, Carchi, Esmeraldas, Orellana, Pastaza, Morona-Santiago, and Sucumbios; these are considered transmissible areas. Cases are rare below this altitude in all other provinces and practically no transmission in Quito, Guayaquil, and the Galapagos Islands. Runway can prescribe medication, listed in the medication options above, if you plan to travel to a transmission area
  • Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics: Traveler’s diarrhea is an intestinal infection that occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. It’s best to avoid non-bottled water as much as possible. Runway can prescribe anti-diarrhea antibiotics, listed in the medication options above, to pack with you in case you find yourself experiencing discomfort.  
  • Altitude Sickness Medication: It’s common for travelers to experience altitude sickness for those arriving in Quito (9000 ft) and other higher altitude destinations in Ecuador. The starting height for most cases of altitude sickness is 8000 ft above sea level, however, people who are more susceptible to altitude sickness can experience symptoms at elevations of 5000 ft and above. The country also offers some trekking destinations famous for altitude training, including Cayambe, Cotopaxi, and Chimborazo.  Runway can prescribe altitude sickness medication, listed in the medication options above, to be brought with you as a preventative measure. We provide chat support while you are traveling, should you have questions about your symptoms or when to take the medication.
  • Motion Sickness Medication: Many travelers visiting Galapagos choose to cruise between the islands and as a result will experience motion sickness. No matter the means of travel, motion sickness can ruin the journey with dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Runway can prescribe motion sickness patches or anti-nausea medication, listed in the medication options above, to alleviate queasiness during your trip and allow you to soak in the scenery.

 

Can I carry medicines on international flights?

 

Yes. You can pack medications in pill or solid form on international flights. Liquid medications are also allowed, though if they exceed the 3.4-ounce requirements, you’ll need to secure them in your checked bags.

When traveling internationally, sourcing the medication you need can be challenging. Plus, medications you procure in Ecuador may not always be manufactured in an FDA approved facility. With Runway, you can get the medication you might need beforehand so you can avoid having to find it while you’re traveling.

Make sure you’re up to date on any routine and recommended vaccinations weeks in advance of your trip to Ecuador. 

 

What vaccines should I have when traveling to Ecuador?

 

Even though no vaccines are required for those traveling from the US to Ecuador, we’ve provided lists of recommended vaccines you may need based on personal history and trip activities below.  

 

Recommended Vaccines for Traveling to Ecuador

Routine childhood vaccinations are recommended for traveling to Ecuador. If you received the following vaccines as a child, you are ready to go:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Measles-Mumps-Rebella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

 

Other Vaccine Considerations for Travel To Ecuador

Depending on your travel itinerary, the following additional vaccines may be required for entry to Ecuador:

  • Yellow Fever: A Yellow Fever vaccine is not recommended for travelers headed to cities of Quito, Guayaquil, or the Galapagos Islands. The vaccine is recommended, however, for travelers headed to specific regions with elevations below 7546 ft (<2300 m) in the provinces east of the Andes Mountains, including Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Morona-Santiago, Sucumbios, and Zamora-Chinchipe. Generally not recommended for travelers visiting areas west of the Andes, including Los Rios, Santa Elena, Santa Domingo de los Tsachilas, Guayas, and designated regions of Azuay, Canar, Bolivar, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, El Oro, Carchi, Imbabura, Loja, Tungurahua, and Pinchincha.
  • COVID-19: Recommended for all travelers headed to Ecuador.
  • Rabies: Most travelers will not need a Rabies vaccination unless they plan to do any of the following: wild camping in caves, cave exploring, handling animals (veterinary work, field biology, handling specimens in a lab), and visiting remote rural areas. As a rule, we recommend avoiding interaction with animals – even domestic pets may carry diseases.
  • Typhoid: Recommended for travelers visiting rural or remote areas, enjoying an extended stay, or traveling extensively in the interior of Ecuador (e.g. hikers or trekkers). Travelers who use antacid therapy should also consider Typhoid vaccination

 

Sources: https://www.iamat.org/country/ecuador/risk/typhoid-fever

https://www.iamat.org/country/ecuador/risk/rabies

https://www.iamat.org/country/ecuador/risk/yellow-fever 

As you plan your trip, make a list of local doctors and medical care facilities near your accommodations. Also, consider purchasing a travel health insurance plan, as most standard health coverage will not extend to medical services received during your travels. Schedule any necessary prescriptions in advance to ensure you have enough to last you through the duration of your trip plus a few extra days just in case.

 

How do I search for hospitals in Ecuador?

 

Contact your hotel or stay hosts for possible hospital recommendations and search the Joint Commission International website and U.S. Embassy for medical service providers. Take time to make a list ahead of time to have available should the need for care arise.

 

Source: https://pe.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/doctors/

 

What should I know about Ecuadorian healthcare for tourists?

 

It’s always a good idea to secure travel health insurance prior to traveling internationally. And, as with most other countries, there is greater availability of quality healthcare near larger cities, such as Guayaquil and Quito with multi-lingual doctors typically available. 

 

Emergency medical evacuation coverage is also highly recommended for travel to the Galapagos, in case of emergency. Check with your travel provider, as some cruises and tour operators include this in your package.

 

What is the average cost of hospital stay in Ecuador?

 

The cost of Ecuadorian healthcare services varies based on location, the reason for the visit, and the level of care required. A general practitioner appointment often is under $50, while emergency services may cost extra. It’s best to confirm the cost in advance to avoid surprise expenses.

 

Source: https://internationalliving.com/countries/Ecuador/health/ 

Prevention is always the best way to avoid getting sick in Ecuador. Be mindful of your environment and take precautions to help you stay healthy as you explore. 

 

Are there common conditions I’m susceptible to when traveling to Ecuador?

 

There are several travel-related health issues to be aware of when visiting Ecuador. Here are common ones to keep in mind to ensure an optimal trip experience.

 

  • Heat Exhaustion: Ecuador is known for high temperatures and humidity in many regions. It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day and keep your body temperature cool by wearing loose, lightweight clothing. Heat exhaustion often sets in when there’s a salt insufficiency in the body due to excessive sweating. Carry salt pills and/or electrolyte-infused drinks to help keep the body healthy

 

  • Hyperthermia: Ecuador sits along the equator, which means heat and humidity are expected from its tropical climate. However, even on days when temperatures aren’t as high, increased humidity levels can still cause the body to overheat, particularly if you’re participating in constant outdoor activity. Symptoms of hyperthermia can include dizziness, fatigue, and cramping. 

 

  • Sleeplessness: Time zone changes affect the body in different ways due to disruption to the body’s circadian rhythm. Though easily treatable, jet lag can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like sleeplessness that can affect your travel plans. Runway can prescribe non-habit forming sleep medication to take before bed so you can catch some z’s regardless of what time zone you’re in.

 

Other healthy travel tips for Ecuador:

 

Practice water safety:

A common travel question is “can I drink water in Ecuador?” The answer is simple. Play it safe. Err on the safe side and rely only on filtered water that’s been sealed (bottled water is best). Skip tap water and refrain from adding ice to drinks as both can be contaminated.

 

Regularly reapply bug repellent: Mosquito-transmitted diseases are common in tropical destinations. Protect yourself from infections like Dengue, Zika, and Chagas disease by regularly applying strong bug repellents that have high percentages of active ingredients such as DEET and Picaridin.

 

Stay alert to changing conditions: Outdoor adventuring is part of the thrill and experience of traveling in Ecuador. Since some locations are more developed than others, research and stay updated on any hazardous landscapes and changing weather conditions. Pack protective gear, including a hat, sunscreen, first aid kit, loose, lightweight layers of clothing, and plenty of water and snacks

 

Keep wild animals wild:

While touching, petting, and feeding wild animals is exciting, remember that most wild animals are not comfortable interacting with humans or have been habituated into doing so for food. No matter if they are domestic pets or wild creatures, animal licks, bites, and scratches can lead to bacterial infections. Be aware of animals being used for financial gain and look into the animal welfare of any wildlife related activity. Protect these animals and yourself by keeping wild animals wild!

 

Runway can help you prepare for every adventure by arming you with trip-saving medications before you take off. 

If you are traveling to Ecuador directly from the US or from any country NOT listed below, there are no medical entry requirements.

 

ℹ️ If you are traveling to Ecuador OR have a 12+ hour layover in one of the countries listed below, you will need to get a Yellow Fever vaccination at least 10 days prior to travel and to travel with your proof of vaccination card to enter Ecuador.  

  • African Continent: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda 
  • South & Central America: Brazil

Furthermore, Galapagos travel restrictions also include submitting a “transit control card” which can be obtained by your tour operator. Since requirements can change without notice, it’s best to regularly check for updates prior to your trip.

In addition to ensuring your vaccinations are up to date before traveling to Ecuador, there are several medications to bring with you on your trip. Runway can prescribe the medication you need before you depart. We also provide chat support to answer questions you may have.

 

  • Malaria Medication: Ecuador malaria cases are more likely in areas below 5000 ft in elevation, including the provinces of Cotopaxi, Carchi, Esmeraldas, Orellana, Pastaza, Morona-Santiago, and Sucumbios; these are considered transmissible areas. Cases are rare below this altitude in all other provinces and practically no transmission in Quito, Guayaquil, and the Galapagos Islands. Runway can prescribe medication, listed in the medication options above, if you plan to travel to a transmission area
  • Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics: Traveler’s diarrhea is an intestinal infection that occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. It’s best to avoid non-bottled water as much as possible. Runway can prescribe anti-diarrhea antibiotics, listed in the medication options above, to pack with you in case you find yourself experiencing discomfort.  
  • Altitude Sickness Medication: It’s common for travelers to experience altitude sickness for those arriving in Quito (9000 ft) and other higher altitude destinations in Ecuador. The starting height for most cases of altitude sickness is 8000 ft above sea level, however, people who are more susceptible to altitude sickness can experience symptoms at elevations of 5000 ft and above. The country also offers some trekking destinations famous for altitude training, including Cayambe, Cotopaxi, and Chimborazo.  Runway can prescribe altitude sickness medication, listed in the medication options above, to be brought with you as a preventative measure. We provide chat support while you are traveling, should you have questions about your symptoms or when to take the medication.
  • Motion Sickness Medication: Many travelers visiting Galapagos choose to cruise between the islands and as a result will experience motion sickness. No matter the means of travel, motion sickness can ruin the journey with dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Runway can prescribe motion sickness patches or anti-nausea medication, listed in the medication options above, to alleviate queasiness during your trip and allow you to soak in the scenery.

 

Can I carry medicines on international flights?

 

Yes. You can pack medications in pill or solid form on international flights. Liquid medications are also allowed, though if they exceed the 3.4-ounce requirements, you’ll need to secure them in your checked bags.

When traveling internationally, sourcing the medication you need can be challenging. Plus, medications you procure in Ecuador may not always be manufactured in an FDA approved facility. With Runway, you can get the medication you might need beforehand so you can avoid having to find it while you’re traveling.

Make sure you’re up to date on any routine and recommended vaccinations weeks in advance of your trip to Ecuador. 

 

What vaccines should I have when traveling to Ecuador?

 

Even though no vaccines are required for those traveling from the US to Ecuador, we’ve provided lists of recommended vaccines you may need based on personal history and trip activities below.  

 

Recommended Vaccines for Traveling to Ecuador

Routine childhood vaccinations are recommended for traveling to Ecuador. If you received the following vaccines as a child, you are ready to go:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Measles-Mumps-Rebella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

 

Other Vaccine Considerations for Travel To Ecuador

Depending on your travel itinerary, the following additional vaccines may be required for entry to Ecuador:

  • Yellow Fever: A Yellow Fever vaccine is not recommended for travelers headed to cities of Quito, Guayaquil, or the Galapagos Islands. The vaccine is recommended, however, for travelers headed to specific regions with elevations below 7546 ft (<2300 m) in the provinces east of the Andes Mountains, including Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Morona-Santiago, Sucumbios, and Zamora-Chinchipe. Generally not recommended for travelers visiting areas west of the Andes, including Los Rios, Santa Elena, Santa Domingo de los Tsachilas, Guayas, and designated regions of Azuay, Canar, Bolivar, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, El Oro, Carchi, Imbabura, Loja, Tungurahua, and Pinchincha.
  • COVID-19: Recommended for all travelers headed to Ecuador.
  • Rabies: Most travelers will not need a Rabies vaccination unless they plan to do any of the following: wild camping in caves, cave exploring, handling animals (veterinary work, field biology, handling specimens in a lab), and visiting remote rural areas. As a rule, we recommend avoiding interaction with animals – even domestic pets may carry diseases.
  • Typhoid: Recommended for travelers visiting rural or remote areas, enjoying an extended stay, or traveling extensively in the interior of Ecuador (e.g. hikers or trekkers). Travelers who use antacid therapy should also consider Typhoid vaccination

 

Sources: https://www.iamat.org/country/ecuador/risk/typhoid-fever

https://www.iamat.org/country/ecuador/risk/rabies

https://www.iamat.org/country/ecuador/risk/yellow-fever 

As you plan your trip, make a list of local doctors and medical care facilities near your accommodations. Also, consider purchasing a travel health insurance plan, as most standard health coverage will not extend to medical services received during your travels. Schedule any necessary prescriptions in advance to ensure you have enough to last you through the duration of your trip plus a few extra days just in case.

 

How do I search for hospitals in Ecuador?

 

Contact your hotel or stay hosts for possible hospital recommendations and search the Joint Commission International website and U.S. Embassy for medical service providers. Take time to make a list ahead of time to have available should the need for care arise.

 

Source: https://pe.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/doctors/

 

What should I know about Ecuadorian healthcare for tourists?

 

It’s always a good idea to secure travel health insurance prior to traveling internationally. And, as with most other countries, there is greater availability of quality healthcare near larger cities, such as Guayaquil and Quito with multi-lingual doctors typically available. 

 

Emergency medical evacuation coverage is also highly recommended for travel to the Galapagos, in case of emergency. Check with your travel provider, as some cruises and tour operators include this in your package.

 

What is the average cost of hospital stay in Ecuador?

 

The cost of Ecuadorian healthcare services varies based on location, the reason for the visit, and the level of care required. A general practitioner appointment often is under $50, while emergency services may cost extra. It’s best to confirm the cost in advance to avoid surprise expenses.

 

Source: https://internationalliving.com/countries/Ecuador/health/ 

Prevention is always the best way to avoid getting sick in Ecuador. Be mindful of your environment and take precautions to help you stay healthy as you explore. 

 

Are there common conditions I’m susceptible to when traveling to Ecuador?

 

There are several travel-related health issues to be aware of when visiting Ecuador. Here are common ones to keep in mind to ensure an optimal trip experience.

 

  • Heat Exhaustion: Ecuador is known for high temperatures and humidity in many regions. It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day and keep your body temperature cool by wearing loose, lightweight clothing. Heat exhaustion often sets in when there’s a salt insufficiency in the body due to excessive sweating. Carry salt pills and/or electrolyte-infused drinks to help keep the body healthy

 

  • Hyperthermia: Ecuador sits along the equator, which means heat and humidity are expected from its tropical climate. However, even on days when temperatures aren’t as high, increased humidity levels can still cause the body to overheat, particularly if you’re participating in constant outdoor activity. Symptoms of hyperthermia can include dizziness, fatigue, and cramping. 

 

  • Sleeplessness: Time zone changes affect the body in different ways due to disruption to the body’s circadian rhythm. Though easily treatable, jet lag can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like sleeplessness that can affect your travel plans. Runway can prescribe non-habit forming sleep medication to take before bed so you can catch some z’s regardless of what time zone you’re in.

 

Other healthy travel tips for Ecuador:

 

Practice water safety:

A common travel question is “can I drink water in Ecuador?” The answer is simple. Play it safe. Err on the safe side and rely only on filtered water that’s been sealed (bottled water is best). Skip tap water and refrain from adding ice to drinks as both can be contaminated.

 

Regularly reapply bug repellent: Mosquito-transmitted diseases are common in tropical destinations. Protect yourself from infections like Dengue, Zika, and Chagas disease by regularly applying strong bug repellents that have high percentages of active ingredients such as DEET and Picaridin.

 

Stay alert to changing conditions: Outdoor adventuring is part of the thrill and experience of traveling in Ecuador. Since some locations are more developed than others, research and stay updated on any hazardous landscapes and changing weather conditions. Pack protective gear, including a hat, sunscreen, first aid kit, loose, lightweight layers of clothing, and plenty of water and snacks

 

Keep wild animals wild:

While touching, petting, and feeding wild animals is exciting, remember that most wild animals are not comfortable interacting with humans or have been habituated into doing so for food. No matter if they are domestic pets or wild creatures, animal licks, bites, and scratches can lead to bacterial infections. Be aware of animals being used for financial gain and look into the animal welfare of any wildlife related activity. Protect these animals and yourself by keeping wild animals wild!

 

Runway can help you prepare for every adventure by arming you with trip-saving medications before you take off. 

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