Travel in Ecuador warnings

Use common-sense precautions when traveling to see the blue-footed boobie in Ecuador.Use common-sense precautions when traveling to see the blue-footed boobie in Ecuador. (Photo: fous des galapagos image by nathalie diaz from Fotolia.com )

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Ecuador is rich in natural and cultural diversity, equally suited to nature, history and adrenaline conoisserus. Its topography includes everything from a tropical Amazon cloud forest filled with exotic plants and animals to an Andean volcano, Spanish colonial architecture and the creatures of the Galapagos Islands. Although you'll need to take certain precautions before and during a visit to Ecuador, you can overcome all of the travel warnings associated with this country with common sense.

Insect-Related Diseases

Insect-related diseases, particularly malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and leishmaniasis, are present whenever your travel includes areas of the country lower than 4, 500 feet in elevation. That being said, the U.S. State Department considers the Amazon basin to be the most high-risk area with regards to these diseases. You need proof of yellow fever vaccination whether coming or going from the Amazon basin.

Minimize your chances of contracting any insect-related disease by beginning a treatment regimen prior to leaving your home country. In addition, to avoid insect bites, in particular mosquitoes since they are most likely to carry these diseases, wear a strong insect repellent together with long sleeves and pants to cover arms and legs. Should you become ill with a fever or flu-like symptoms while travelling to any low-elevation area in Ecuador, seek medical attention promptly.

Crime

While armed robberty is rare in Ecuador and petty theft is more common, certain parts of the country are considered dangerous. In particular the border region between Ecuador and Colombia has become dangerous thanks to organized crime and illegal drugs and arms trafficking. The U.S. Embassy in Quito advised extreme caution in 2010 when traveling to the northern border region, in particular the areas of Sucumbios, Orellana, Carchi, northern Esmeraldas and southern Esmeraldas south of Atacames. Since 2000 at least 11 U.S. citizens have been kidnapped in the border region and one murdered.


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