Contacts

For questions related to the Meeting, please contact

Email:  aquatrop2018@gmail.com

USFQ Tel.: (+593-2) 297-1700 ext. 1472

UDLA Tel.: (+593-2) 3981-000 ext. 2328

 

For excursion-related questions, please contact: Nature Experience

cientificos AQUATROP
Photos: E. Suárez

Ecuador general information

Banks, currency exchange and credit cards

  • The American dollar is the official currency in Ecuador
  • Bank hours are generally 9 am-4pm from Monday to Friday
  • Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted cards in Ecuador
  • American Express is not widely accepted

Electricity

Electricity is 110-120 volts (same as US / Canada). Depending on your country, you may need an adapter.

Smoking

Public buildings, including restaurants and bars are smoke-free.

PASSPORT / VISA

Documents needed to enter Ecuador
Immigrants or residents

  • Valid passport with visa
  • CAN and MERCOSUR citizens need visa or identification document
  • Andean migratory card (an immigration form issued at the state border)
  • Medical insurance (PDF)

For non-immigrant foreigners

  • Valid and current passport with the respective visa
  • CAN and MERCOSUR citizens need visa or identification document
  • Andean migratory card (an immigration form issued at the state border)

Citizens who require entry visa for Ecuador

  • Afganistán
  • Bangladesh
  • Eritra
  • Etiopía
  • Kenia
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistán
  • Somalia
  • Senegal
  • Cuba

For more information visit: www.ministeriointerior.gob.ec/requisitos-para-ingresar-a-ecuador/#

Liability

The Organizing Committees and/or Meeting Organizers shall not be liable for personal accidents, loss or damage to the private property of meeting attendees. Attendees should make their own arrangements regarding personal insurance.

QUITO – ECUADOR

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, has been declared by UNESCO as the first “Cultural Heritage of Humanity” city in the world. Surrounded by large volcanoes which form the Andes, it is shaped by colonial streets and houses, and is a city where people try to preserve their colorful traditions.

Location : Andean highlands at 2,800 meters above sea level
Population : 2.2 million people
Elevation : 2,850 m /9,350 feet
Temperature : 50 to 77 Fahrenheit
Province : Pichincha
Currency : American dollar
Language : Spanish

TIPS FOR YOUR STAY IN QUITO

Ecuador general information

Banks, currency exchange and credit cards

The American dollar is the official currency in Ecuador

Bank hours are generally 9 am-4pm from Monday to Friday

Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted cards in Ecuador

American Express is not widely accepted

Electricity is 110-120 volts (same as US / Canada). Depending on your country, you may need an adapter.

 

Weather

Wear warm and layered clothing such as pants and light shirts, as Quito is located in the Highlands and the climate varies during the day from cold to extremely hot.

Wear comfortable, closed shoes that are well-suited for walking.

Remember to use sunblock, a cap or a hat to protect yourself from the sun, and always have a bottle of water to prevent dehydration.

Avoid direct exposure to sunlight for prolonged periods.

Remember not to make too much physical effort since Quito is at 2,850 m / 9,350 feet. Drinking plenty of water will help you acclimatize more quickly.

Emergency contacts

Emergencias: 911

Policía Nacional: 101

Cuerpo de Bomberos: 102

Cruz Roja: 131

 

Personal Security Tips

(Suggested by the U.S. Embassy and Consulate)

 

If possible, do not walk alone at night. Walk in groups when this is possible – there is always more security when there are several people.

Let a family member or friends know your destination and your estimated time of arrival or return. In this way, if there is a problem, the authorities can be notified as soon as possible.

Stay in places that have good lighting as much as possible, avoid alleys, vacant lots, forests, and other shortcuts or isolated areas, these usually have no lighting or are desolate.

Always walk on the sidewalk, as possible. Walk near the edge, avoiding doors, shrubs, and other places where someone can hide.

If you have to walk on the street, walk against the traffic. A person walking in the same direction of traffic can be followed, forced to enter a vehicle, and abducted more easily than a person walking in the opposite direction of traffic flow.

Walk at a steady pace. Do not stop to talk to strangers.

Wear clothing and shoes that give you freedom of movement. Do not put an additional burden carrying many packages or items.

Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are using headphones, try not to set the volume too high that prevents you from hearing outside sounds.

Never ask for a lift or accept a stranger to take it.

Avoid carrying large sums of money, or displaying expensive jewelry in public.

In a taxi

Whenever possible, call a radio taxi instead of looking for a taxi on the street.

If you have to look for a taxi on the street, take note of the license plate number and observe the driver well before entering the taxi.

Never enter a taxi that offers the promise of taking you to clubs, bars, or any other unknown place if you did not ask to go there.

Send a text to a family member or friend with the taxi mark, model and license plate number before entering the taxi.

Smoking

Public buildings, including restaurants and bars are smoke-free.