Ecuador - General Info
Voltage: 120-127 V
Frequency: 60 Hz
International dialing code for Ecuador is +593.
Internet cafes can be found nearly everywhere in the major cities and in many of the smaller ones.
For most visitors, the easiest place to make phone calls is an Internet cafe, most of which provide VOIP service at reasonable rates.
Visitors making an extended stay should consider purchasing a cell phone. Most are sold on a prepaid-call basis, and phone refill cards can be purchased in all but the smallest towns. It is also possible to get a modern GSM cellular phone "unlocked" so that it will function in Ecuador. (you can take your own phone, if it is compatible with GSM 850MHz), however, this should be reserved for emergencies as the cost of actually making such a call is usually exorbitant.
National Police - 101
Fire Department - 102
Time - 109
Telephone information - 104 (preceded by the area code when you need a phone number from another city)
IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club
Ecuador Cruiser's Guide
Produced by SV Soggy Paws and compiled by cruisers(revised Feb 2010)
An excellent resource which includes a section on the Galapagos.>
Explore Central America - Part 2
Published January 2008 (6th ed. Aug. 2011, continually updated)
This is an e-book available from www.sailsarana.com/guide
The most comprehensive guides ever written about cruising the Pacific coast of Central America from Mexico to the Panama Canal. In a two part set, these books provide over 325 GPS waypoints, over 112 charts and city maps, detailed weather descriptions, forecasting information and surfing locations. These books highlight dozens of anchorages not in other books and tons of local information that sailors care about. Also included are detailed procedures for clearing into and out of the Central American countries as well as Ecuador, the Galapagos and Mexico.
Chuck Houlihan & Linda Edeiken left San Diego in 2005 and spent 7 years cruising Mexico. In 2013 they headed south and have since explored Central America and South America with plans to explore Chile in 2015. Their blog has excellent passage notes and trip reports, including lots of information for Ecuador.
January 2014: Immigration, Customs and security checked/updated.
May 2013: Ecuador to the Galapagos - update on Autographo from Anthony Swanston of SV Wild Fox.
March 2013: Technical stop details from Mr Proano.
January 2012: Immigration - visa extension updates from agent Mr Proano and Puerto Amistad.
January 2012: Customs - extensions information added by Puerto Amistad.
Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
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