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It highly depends on how much you are used to the temperature and humidity, and how you will get around. If you are most of the time in a airconditioned truck, no problem. If you walk around outside, it will be the same as if someone takes a water spray and sprays it over your face, every 10-15 minutes or so, depending on your fitness level. If you are ...


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You can't hitchhike to the Galalpagos. If you are trying to do things on the cheap your best bet is to turn up to Guayaquil in Ecuador. From here they have boats cruises that depart on tours around the Galapagos. If you have time on your hands you can hang around and wait for a boat tour where they haven't sold all of the spaces. Depending on demand, you ...


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One thing to add to Kizzle's answer is that Tourism to the Galapagos is highly regulated. The number of visitors is limited and all tours visiting the area are counted, registered etc, since 98% of the land is national park. You cannot visit those areas by yourself, you need a certified guide. So even if you own a boat, you cannot just travel around and ...


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I was back-packing in Latin America for 20 months and took my camera everywhere. But it was only a 400 dollar point and shot which fits in my trouser pocket. I used that camera everywhere maybe except inside the favelas in Brazil. Some friends of mine had bigger SLRs with them and used them a lot too. In Bolivia I met a guy who was there for National ...


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I don't know if you can get cheaper insurance in Ecuador, but there are many potential problems with this plan. It's very unlikely that travel insurance in Ecuador will pay to fly you back to the USA in the event of you becoming seriously ill, or fly your body back to the USA if you die. Either of those things would be extremely expensive. As I recall, the ...


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First off it is a highland food. People on the coast will basically say they don't eat rat (I know it is not a rat). I find it easier to get in the smaller highland cities as opposed to say Quito or Cuenca but you can get it in both. By far the best experience I have had is eating it is in Banos with the locals on a weekend evening just after dark. Each ...


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Think about it as least wet rather than driest. That would be January to February then but do expect rain at least every other day. Because the ground and roads are mostly dirt, paths can get extremely muddy and due to the shade provided by tropical trees, they remain that way long after it has rained. Keep in mind that climate varies from year to year and ...


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I spent 3 weeks in Peru last year, mostly in Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and Colca Canyon and Arequipa. Among our fancier possessions, I had a Canon camera with me and my husband had an Asus laptop. We're not physically intimidating people by any means (I'm just 5'2"), but I think we also carry ourselves confidently when we travel (e.g. no looking at ...


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Immigration rules are about you as a person. Changing your name does not make you a different person. Different countries might be good or bad at identifying people who change their names and travel on new passports as being people who have visited before. However, we don't give advice about how to break the law or how likely you are to get caught if you do ...


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The road is actually very good. The problem is Andes. It's full of mountains and curves so everyone has to drive slowly. The bus takes 10 to 12 hours but if you go in your own car it might be less time.


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I am a native from Ecuador. I have been in the Galapagos with my nieces and nephews and I think it will be a great experience for kids (6 and up) if they are young explorers that want to have fun while having activities with an educational approach. Young kids could learn about endangered animals and habitats, and about Darwin and his theory of evolution. ...


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Are you planning on taking a vacation in the Galapagos, and so looking to get your license while doing the vacation? Allow me to recommend against it. The scuba certification ( not technically a license, since most countries are quite willing to let you kill yourself by diving without it, though most dive shops are not willing to help you kill yourself ...


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Yes, it is as safe as before. There is a lot of rubble in some coastal towns but the rest of the country is intact. Most major city for tourism, the entire Andes, Galapagos, Amazon and cloud-forests are just as they were before the earthquake.


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Besides more global solutions like http://www.onesimcard.com, there are no 'local' sim cards for multiple South American countries, comparable to Africa's Airtel. On top of that, South American cellphone networks tend to be somewhat fractured, meaning that out-of-the-way locations might only be served by one, or a few, of the nation's networks. So, with a ...


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I was in a first place trying a way to hitchike there. Now i know its regulated i contacted friends working on boatd they told me to join a crew on crewbay.com or arc.com or findacrew.com and You work on a boat for a week. But it gets u there 😊 enjoy and ses u there maybe


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You might want to look at long-term travel insurance policies. The upside is that you might be able to find plans which have no specific residence requirement, are probably cheaper than US-based insurance, might be easier to deal with than local insurance, and could even be bought after the travel has started. Unlike run-of-the-mill travel insurance, these ...


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One option would be to transit in Amsterdam. KLM has routes to both Equador and India, and the Netherlands does not require airport transit visas of Indian nationals who stay within the non-Schengen transit zone of the airport. None of the other destinations Wikipedia lists from Quito sound like they're likely to have direct flights to India and allow ...


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I would say she's worrying for nothing in regard to the efficiency of the US embassy, it's staffed by Americans not Ecuadorian(I like your DMV analogy). She should enter Ecuador as planned with her Ecuadorian passport and apply for her new US passport at the Embassy in Ecuador. According to the embassy's website, passports take 10-15 days to be issued. ...


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Update and thanks: They moved the passport office to another building but she managed to get there at 10AM. Had the passport in hand at 2PM. Changed flight for $300 fee for Saturday. No problems. THANK YOU ALL


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It was many years ago but that is what I did. After having seeing Galapagos 3D on IMAX, I was amazed and wanted to go to the Galapagos and to experience it fully and make diving part of the experience, despite having never dived before. The main consideration is how much time you have in the Galapagos. I only had three weeks there and so I took my course at ...


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I'm from Peru, and I have to tell you that it is dangerous to bring such an expensive camera. However not all the zones are dangerous. I suggest you try to keep it hidden while you are in the city because most of the thieves always check on the foreigners. Some tips to avoid these dangerous situations is that you hire a taxi from the hotel to transport you, ...


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Based on my experience of Ecuadorian electrics, I would assume that even grounded sockets might not be grounded. On that basis, you might as well take an ungrounded adaptor. If you're going off the beaten track, it may also be worth taking a couple of light switches, a small screwdriver, and some rubber gloves. Since you want to travel light, your best ...


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Guayaquil is a better bet for departure and the drive from Cuenca is spectacular. Round trip from Guayaquil to Arequipa presently costs $321 on LAN. Keep in mind that prices fluctuate and will go up as you get closer to your travel date because the cheaper seats get used first. Figure 2 or 3 hours drive from Cuenca to Guayaquil. For your trip, Guayaquil-...


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According to Wikitravel it's separate to airfare, like many South American airports. It doesn't have the latest value, but does state that: International departure airport tax was just recently increased in Guayaquil and is exactly $29.75 (January 2010). About 15$ cheaper than Quito airport.


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All that is changed, TOTALLY. Both governments have change their offices, outside of town, in the middle of nowhere, super simple, super safe. All in one building, exit from Ecuador / entry to Peru, in all one room. 24h attendance, 3 security guards, and cleaning persons. There is a board with the different destinations and related costs, from this point on, ...


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Neither Peru or Ecuador require you to have a Yellow Fever vaccination before entering (see http://www.passporthealthusa.com/vaccinations/yellow-fever/ for a list of countries that do require it such as Bolivia). However there is some Yellow Fever in the Amazon areas of both countries (see map of Yellow Fever infected areas in above link). So if you are ...


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According to a thread on tripadvisor: To enter my country you need to show the registration which prooves the vehicle is yours. After that the Customs will give you a "perniso de internacion" for 3 months. You can leave your vehicle at your hotel, and then you can return and continue with more journeys down to Peru or Colombia in it. You have ...


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As long as you have an onward ticket from Lima, you don't need a visa for transit <24 hours:  Peru (PE)  TWOV (Transit Without Visa): Visa required, except for Holders of confirmed onward tickets for a max. transit For details, click here time of 24 hours.There is no hotel accommodation available at Lima Airport. According to Timatic (The ...


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EDIT: Europe is more flexible than what I understood when I wrote this, as long as you are transiting airside only. However, I stand by my disclaimer that airlines are likely to cause problems (unjustifiably) if you have no visa for your transit country and also no visa for your final destination. Well, it seems transit visas are required for the US and ...


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According to https://www.passportindex.org/comparebyPassport.php, an e-Visa is required. This is confirmed by Timatic, which says: Visa required E-visas can be obtained before departure at https://www.consuladovirtual.gob.ec/web/guest/inicio Passengers must have a printed e-visa confirmation which can be verified at https://evisaecuador.cancilleria.gob.ec:...


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