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Ecuador Travel News

Rebecca Adventure Travel wants our guests to be informed about Ecuador. In this blog, learn about the latest news regarding the general situation and updates in the country.

May 14th, 2024

Reopened Gems in the Galápagos Archipelago

We are pleased to announce that those islands in the Galápagos that were temporarily closed due to avian flu (H5N1) are now reopened to the public. The closures were crucial for protecting the unique wildlife of the region. Fortunately, the virus did not affect humans, and it is now safe to visit these areas once again.

The islands and specific sites that have reopened include:

  • Genovesa Island: Prince Philip’s Steps and the landing site at Darwin Bay.
  • San Cristóbal: Punta Pitt.
  • Española Island: Punta Suárez and Punta Cevallos.

We are ready to continue taking you on incredible travel experiences at these stunning sites while prioritizing the conservation of their valuable biodiversity.

April 24th, 2024

Galápagos National Park Implements New Guided Tour

The Directorate of the Galápagos National Park (DPNG), in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Ecological Transition (MAATE), has implemented Resolution 031-2022 to enhance your visit while safeguarding the archipelago’s delicate ecosystem.

This resolution mandates that visitors to Las Grietas and the three breeding centers for giant tortoises on the Islands (Fausto Llerena, Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and Arnaldo Tupiza) must now be accompanied by a Park-certified guide. This initiative aims to maximize safety and satisfaction on your tours, enhance tourist control, ensure adherence to visitation rules, and prioritize ecosystem conservation.

We are committed to providing a safe, enriching, and memorable travel experience. Should your itinerary need adjustments, they will be made with your satisfaction as our top priority.

Source: Ministry of Tourism

April 10th, 2024

State of Emergency in Ecuador Is Over

Ecuador’s Ministry of Tourism released a statement following international news displaying wrongful portrayals of the country’s current situation. Reports of isolated incidents in the media do not capture the peaceful essence and safety that define Ecuador and its tourism sector. Foreign travelers have visited the country over the past two months and enjoyed calm, safe tours, such as the Silversea Silver Nova Pacific Coast cruises.

All ports and airports operate normally, with no interruptions to flights. Additionally, the curfew has been lifted nationwide. This showcases the country’s readiness and stability and ensures easy access to its marvels, including the Galápagos Islands, the Amazon Rainforest, and vibrant cities like Quito and Cuenca. All of these destinations remain secure and welcoming to tourists.  

The Ministry shared a few useful articles to prioritize when reading about Ecuador’s current situation online, including a safety report on The Planet D, and Esquire’s guide to luxury travel in Ecuador, Galápagos, and Perú. With no reported safety concerns in its major destinations, the country invites travelers to discover its welcoming communities, diverse ecosystems, and historical landmarks.

Ecuador stands as a safe and inviting destination for everyone looking to immerse themselves in the nation’s vast natural and cultural treasures. The fact that Adventure Elevate Latin America chose Quito as its 2024 host destination is a testament to Ecuador’s leadership in adventure tourism and sustainability.

Ecuador eagerly awaits those seeking genuine adventure, cultural richness, and unparalleled natural beauty. Don’t miss the chance to experience the unique charm and hospitality that Ecuador has to offer!

Source: Ministry of Tourism statement.

February 27th, 2024

Higher Entry Fees to the Galápagos Starting August 2024!

We would like to inform you about upcoming changes to the Galápagos Islands’ entry fees, starting August 2024. These adjustments are aimed at enhancing the protection and preservation of the Galápagos’ distinct ecosystem. Entry fees are expected to significantly rise from the current rate of USD 100, potentially doubling that amount.

Daniela Tamayo Córdova from the Galápagos Government Council highlighted that the entrance fee has remained unchanged for 20 years despite rising costs in the Galápagos and Ecuador. The revenue from the increased fee is intended to enhance sustainability, tourist experiences, and conservation efforts on the islands. The fees, aim not to limit access but to encourage more responsible and sustainable travel to the islands, ensuring that visitors contribute positively to the preservation of this unique destination.

Our team is prepared to provide you with the necessary information, resources, and strategies to adapt to these new regulations.

Galapagos 2024 entry fees.

Source: Condé Nast Traveller

January 24th, 2024

Ecuador Is a FITUR 2024 Partner Country

Spain’s International Tourism Trade Fair (Spanish acronym: FITUR) is the leading travel fair for Latin American markets, organized by IFEMA MADRID. Taking place between the 24th and 28th of January, this year’s edition features Ecuador as a partner countryRebecca Adventure Travel is honored to be among the exhibitors, ready to share our country’s treasures with the world. Both Ecuador’s President, Daniel Noboa, and the Minister for Tourism, Niels Olsen, are attending the fair. During the opening ceremony, the Minister presented the country as the invaluable ally it is.

Ecuador’s megadiverse landscape offers an unmissable mix of cultural wonders, natural beauty, and human warmth. With a privileged geographical position, central to the rest of the world, it offers easy connections everywhere. Tourists visiting recently completed their travels without any issues, ensuring there’s nothing to hinder your trip here. Ecuador remains a magical and captivating haven for travelers worldwide.

FITUR 2024 will welcome representatives from 152 countries, featuring 806 regular exhibitors and 9,000 tourism-related companies. Anticipated general public attendance exceeds 100,000 people. Serving as a partner country at this edition of FITUR marks a significant milestone in promoting our nation as a travel destination. Our participation will attract investment, foster business, and boost production domestically.

Co-exhibitors anticipate holding about 600 meetings with the European tourism sector, setting the stage for expansive growth and collaboration. Throughout the event, 48 co-exhibitors from Ecuador’s diverse regions will showcase the country’s rich cultural heritage.

Ecuador’s Ministry of Tourism, in partnership with the World Tourism Organization and the Development Bank of Latin America, crafted the investment guide titled Tourism Doing Business: Investing in Ecuador. This resource highlights Ecuador’s competitive advantages and incentives, showcasing the country’s appeal to investors.

Tourism, now the country’s fastest-growing sector and third-largest source of non-oil/mining foreign exchange, has risen from ninth to third in generating non-oil revenue. This industry, supporting over 600,000 families, demonstrates that success is achievable with determination and discipline. Moreover, tourism offers a viable solution to security issues linked to unemployment by creating jobs, making it a key ally in ensuring long-term stability.

Source: FITUR.

January 23rd, 2024

Ecuador’s State of Emergency: Curfew Lifting

Ecuador’s State of Emergency continues to improve, as security measures are reducing. The National Directorate of Information Analysis of the National Police assessed the movement restrictions to spot patterns and trends affecting the curfew, analyzing key elements within the operations of the Armed Forces and the Police. Their report suggested possible adjustments to curfew times by canton.

The government reduced Quito and Guayaquil‘s curfew by an hour, now starting at midnight. Similarly, curfews in many cities across different regions now begin at 2 a.m., shortened by three hours. Furthermore, authorities lifted the curfew entirely in multiple cities within twenty-two provinces, including Galápagos, Tungurahua (home to Baños), and Cotopaxi. Essential sectors previously exempt from restrictions, including tourism, continue to enjoy nationwide freedom of movement.

We are confident that more improvements will follow until we are completely back to normal. Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands remain safe destinations to visit, and Rebecca Adventure Travel remains steadfast in our commitment to guarantee our guests’ safety. Please keep sharing your travels with us using the #thisisecuador hashtag! We love seeing your adventures.

Source: Government Decree.

January 15th, 2024

Ecuador’s State of Emergency: Most Recent Updates

The Quito Tourism Board released a statement confirming that Quito is operational, orderly, and secure. Having deployed 4,500 officials to stay in public spaces, the Municipality assures activities continue uninterrupted. All services remain active, with hotels, restaurants, and key urban attractions welcoming visitors in full normalcy. 

The city’s transportation system is fully functional. This includes the newly inaugurated Metro, which enables travel across Quito in 45 minutes. Mariscal Sucre International Airport also operates normally with enhanced security, though travelers should check flight statuses and respect curfew hours (from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.).

The Tourism Board encourages continued travel plans to Quito and Ecuador, inviting visitors to explore its cultural and natural wonders.

Source: Quito Tourism Board statement.

January 12th, 2024

Ecuador’s State of Emergency Improving Rapidly

The Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism released a new statement on the nation’s current situation. Following the enactment of the last two government decrees, the Armed Forces and Police have effectively reduced incidents across Ecuador, improving peace and security nationwide. The country has observed a noticeable decline in disturbances since January 10th, with successful operations supported by international allies and the Ecuadorian people.

With heightened security in certain areas and regular operations elsewhere, normality is steadily returning. Tourism in the Amazon and Galápagos Islands continues as usual, with no violent incidents reported. Cruise activities, air connectivity, hotels, and tourist services in these regions, as well as in Quito, are operating normally.

Ecuador’s airports, maritime ports, and roads are fully functional with reinforced security, ensuring traveler safety. The country’s infrastructure has faced minimal disruptions, and any affected flight schedules are now regular. Streets and roads are open, adhering to curfew hours from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., with security ensured by defense forces.

Quito’s International Airport, Quiport, reports full functionality, with personnel and travelers carrying out flights normally and on time. Outside terminals, the Armed Forces and Police are joined by the Metropolitan Public Company for Airport Services, the Metropolitan Transit Agency, and private security to uphold safety measures on all airport grounds. All abandoned objects are treated as suspicious, so travelers are advised to be mindful of their belongings. Those whose flights get canceled will not be allowed to enter the terminal, so it is advised to check flight status with the airline first.

Despite some unsettling media portrayals, Ecuador is working towards full normality. The country, known for its cultural richness, natural beauty, and warmth, remains a welcoming destination for tourists. The Ministry of Tourism encourages visitors to keep their travel plans and will continue to provide updates through its official channels.

We encourage you to share photos of your trip to Ecuador with the hashtag #thisisecuador.

Source: Ministry of Tourism statement.

January 10th, 2023

Updates from Ecuador’s State of Emergency

In light of recent events, President Daniel Noboa declared a 60-day State of Emergency, aiming to maintain national security and foster an atmosphere of tranquility.

Rest assured that this measure will not disrupt your pre-planned travel arrangements. During the curfew, from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., individuals with valid travel documentation can move freely. Essential employees in the tourism sector are exempt. This ensures the continuous operation of our services and, most importantly, a seamless travel experience for you.

Mobilization to and from airports is permitted, assuring smooth arrivals and departures. Both airports and maritime ports are operating normally, and roads and public transportation are fully functional, with only temporary adjustments during curfew hours.

Soldiers are patrolling key areas following the violent outbreak, providing an added layer of security. Despite the challenges, we emphasize that Ecuador’s natural and cultural wonders, including the Galápagos Islands, the Amazon Region, and National Parks, remain safe and enchanting destinations. No incidents have been recorded in these key tourist areas. The Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with law enforcement and government authorities, is actively addressing the situation, working tirelessly to guarantee that travel in Ecuador remains as enriching and safe as always.

To close out, we would like to share a message from our founder, Rebecca Braak: “The tourist places are safe, and in Galapagos, you don’t even feel the tension. My personal opinion is that I am proud of the new President Noboa who seems to be finally stopping all the violence from the narcos. I hope the government can get the criminals in prison soon and in the meantime let’s keep our hopes up!”

At Rebecca Adventure Travel, your safety is our top priority. We are closely monitoring the situation and will take all necessary precautions to guarantee a secure and enjoyable experience during your stay in Ecuador.

November 16th, 2023

Travel Awareness on Colombian-Peruvian border 

Certain areas in Peru, including the Colombian-Peruvian border and the Valley of the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers, may require increased caution due to reported incidents. Be vigilant, especially during daylight hours, despite the presence of witnesses. However, it’s crucial to highlight that these updates are part of our commitment to your safety. Beyond these considerations, many captivating destinations await exploration in both countries, assuring you that with awareness and preparedness, your journey remains a safe and enriching experience.

our Safety Measures:

  • Be aware of surroundings.
  • Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
  • Follow local media and authorities for updates.
  • Review country information and security reports.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergencies.

Your safety is our priority.

October 27th, 2023

Dry Season in Cuyabeno

As the Amazon rainforest is currently experiencing the dry season, the scarcity of rainfall has led to a reduction in the flow of rivers. These unique conditions have necessitated adjustments to travel itineraries, particularly in Cuyabeno. Swimming and aquatic activities, such as canoeing, will be primarily focused on areas with a more abundant water supply, or replaced by other on-land activities that might be more favorable due to these weather conditions.

Nevertheless, in spite of these challenges, the dry season also presents exciting new opportunities:

  • More Anaconda Sightings: The lower water levels make it more likely to spot elusive Anacondas, as they tend to congregate near the remaining water sources, offering a thrilling wildlife encounter.
  • Increased Monkey Sightings: With the changing landscape and easier navigation, the dry season enhances the likelihood of encountering various monkey species swinging through the treetops, providing memorable wildlife encounters.
  • Enhanced Accessibility: The dry season opens up access to parts of the Amazon that are typically harder to reach during the wet season, allowing visitors to explore and appreciate the diverse ecosystem more comprehensively.

In summary, despite the adjustments made to itineraries due to the dry season’s unique conditions, visitors to Cuyabeno during this time can look forward to an increased likelihood of encountering Anacondas, monkeys, and gaining access to otherwise challenging parts of the Amazon, making it an enticing and rewarding time to explore this remarkable rainforest reserve.

October 16th, 2023

Ecuador’s Presidential Elections: Latest Updates

Continuing with updates on the current political situation in Ecuador, Rebecca Adventure Travel is pleased to confirm that a state of tranquility prevails following the second presidential runoff held yesterday, Saturday, October 15th. They took place smoothly, without incident.

Candidate Daniel Noboa, from the National Democratic Action party, came in first place with 52% of the vote, and candidate Luisa Gonzáles, from the Citizen Revolution Movement party, came in second place with 48% of the vote. Noboa will govern for the remainder of former president Guillermo Lasso’s term and is set to take office in December. He will be eligible to run for president again in the 2025 general election.

The President-elect has renewed the state of emergency for another 60 days, without imposing a curfew. The primary aim of this measure is to maintain the atmosphere of tranquility in the country without disrupting the ordinary rhythm of daily life or pre-planned travel arrangements. Despite the prevailing challenges, Ecuador continues to be a secure destination, with all essential services such as airports, roads, public transportation, hotels, hospitals, and tourist attractions operating uninterrupted.

Throughout the presidential elections, no tourist destinations were closed. All remain open, and our team is ready to welcome you to Ecuador with open arms! Rest assured that Rebecca Adventure Travel is committed to guaranteeing your safety for the duration of your stay in Ecuador, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable travel experience. Rebecca Adventure Travel understands that you may have questions or concerns about your upcoming trip. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our team.  We are here to assist you and provide guidance as needed. Happy travels!

Source: Reuters

September 21st, 2023

Galapagos Avian Flu Outbreak: Conservation Response and Safety Measures

Originating from the Peruvian coasts, the avian flu has now reached the Galapagos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its exceptional ecosystems. In response to this outbreak, the Galapagos National Park has put strict rules and emergency measures in place to safeguard this invaluable natural treasure.

The measures undertaken to combat the outbreak include rigorous disease surveillance and targeted vaccination campaigns to protect vulnerable bird populations. Additional measures include stricter procedures for disinfecting outdoor public areas along with the temporary closure of visitor sites on Española, Genovesa, and San Cristóbal islands to tour boats to prevent the virus from spreading.

In this challenging time, scientists, conservationists, and the Ecuadorian government are forging close collaborations with international organizations lending crucial support, united in their mission to preserve the Galapagos’ unique biodiversity. We remain monitoring the situation in partnership with the Galapagos National Park, providing our valued guests with prompt updates regarding any itinerary adjustments as soon as we receive information from the Park. Rest assured that if there’s any change in your itinerary you’ll be personally notified by our destination experts. While these circumstances are indeed unfortunate and unforeseen, please know that it’s beyond our control. We’re committed to sharing important safety information from Galapagos authorities as we all navigate this. Your safety and the protection of this amazing ecosystem are our top priorities.

Source: The Guardian

August 23rd, 2023

Ecuador’s Presidential Elections: Most Recent Updates

Continuing with updates on the current situation in Ecuador, Rebecca Adventure Travel is pleased to confirm that a state of tranquility prevails following the presidential elections held last Sunday, August 20th. They took place smoothly and without incident.

However, a second presidential runoff is forthcoming between candidates Luisa Gonzáles from the Citizen Revolution Movement party, who came in first place with 33% of the vote, and Daniel Noboa from the National Democratic Action party, coming in second place with 24% of the vote. The National Electoral Council foresees that the campaign for this runoff will commence on September 24, with election day set for October 15, 2023. Elected officials will serve out the remainder of their current presidential and legislative terms (2021–2025), and a regular election for a full four-year term is expected to follow in early 2025.

It is important to mention that throughout these presidential elections, there have been no closures of tourist destinations. All remain open, and our team is ready to welcome you to Ecuador with open arms!

Rest assured that Rebecca Adventure Travel is constantly monitoring the situation and is fully dedicated to your security and well-being. Necessary precautions will be implemented to ensure your safety throughout your time in Ecuador, in full commitment to ensuring you have a seamless and enjoyable travel experience.

Rebecca Adventure Travel understands that you may have questions or concerns about your upcoming trip. Please do not hesitate to reach out. The team is here to assist you and provide guidance as needed. Happy travels!

Source: The Guardian

10th August 2023

Upcoming Preventive Maintenance: Quito Airport Runway to Undergo Vital Enhancements in September and October

To ensure the safety of air operations, the Quito Airport runway will undergo preventive maintenance work in the months of September and October. Scheduled times have been carefully chosen to minimize impacts on flight schedules, occurring on the following dates: Saturdays – September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and October 14, 21, and 28, from 02:00 to 14:00.

While these necessary improvements are being undertaken, operations at Mariscal Sucre Airport will experience temporary suspension. Despite these temporary changes, at Rebecca Adventure Travel we are dedicated to ensuring the safety and smoothness of travel experiences for our valued guests.

“Preventive maintenance work is necessary to guarantee efficiency and safety in air operations at the Quito Airport and to avoid unforeseen closures due to emergency corrective work,” stated Quito Airport.

09th August 2023

Navigating Recent Developments: Updates from Ecuador’s Electoral Process and Safety Measures

Ecuador is currently undergoing a continuous electoral process aimed at selecting a new president. It is with profound sadness that we convey the news that candidate Fernando Villavicencio lost his life in an assault after a political rally on the evening of August 09th.

In response to this tragic event, President Guillermo Lasso has enacted a series of measures, including the declaration of a 60-day state of emergency. The primary aim of this measure is to safeguard the well-being of the nation’s population and uphold an atmosphere of tranquility in the country. It is crucial to highlight that this state of emergency will not entail the imposition of a curfew and will not disrupt the ordinary rhythm of daily life or pre-planned travel arrangements.

Despite the prevailing challenges, Ecuador continues to be a secure destination, with all essential services such as airports, bus stations, roads, hotels, hospitals, and tourist attractions operating uninterrupted.

Rebecca Adventure Travel is committed to the safety and well-being of our clients. Rest assured that we are continuously monitoring the situation and will take any necessary precautions to ensure your safety during your stay in Ecuador. If there are any changes to your itinerary, they will be made with your safety as the top priority. Be sure that our commitment to providing exceptional travel experiences while prioritizing safety above all else remains steadfast.

20th June 2023

Understanding El Niño’s Effects on Your Journey in Galapagos

El Niño is a climatic phenomenon that impacts various regions worldwide, including the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands. Naturally, many travelers wonder how this will influence their trip. However, amidst the potential challenges El Niño presents, there is also a silver lining.

The warming surface temperature caused by El Niño results in serene and tranquil waters, perfect for swimming and diving. Additionally, it provides smoother speedboat rides, enhancing the island-hopping experience. While there are downsides such as an increased risk of wildfires, water supply challenges, and effects on marine conditions. This affects some marine species, and nonflying birds like penguins as they struggle to find food, however, let us always remember the remarkable resilience and adaptability of the species that call these waters home.

On land, lush vegetation nourished by El Niño, the increased rainfalls create a paradise for terrestrial animals, allowing them to thrive abundantly. As a visitor, you will be treated to spectacular sights of these thriving creatures in their natural habitat, and discover the Galapagos Islands and how they stand as a testament to the indomitable spirit of nature, never ceasing to inspire and captivate every visitor.

In response to the effects of El Niño, local authorities, and organizations are proactively monitoring and implementing conservation strategies. By promoting responsible tourism, we can all actively contribute to the preservation of this precious natural heritage. 

How to prepare for El Niño as a traveler?

  1. Stay hydrated: El Niño often brings higher temperatures, staying hydrated, you can help regulate your body temperature and prevent dehydration.
  2. Pack appropriately: Warmer temperatures often mean increased sun exposure, so be sure to wear appropriate clothing and gear, such as sunscreen, hats, rain gear, and bug spray.
  3. Research: Research your destination widely and be informed about any advisories or warnings related to El Niño.
  4. Be flexible: Be aware that your itinerary or planned activities can change due to weather conditions.
  5. Protect the Environment: As a traveler, it is important to be aware of your impact on the environment, especially in these conditions. Be extra careful with fire sources such as campsites or cigarettes, as there is an increased risk of wildfires due to El Niño. Avoid any activities that may cause harm to coral reefs, which are particularly vulnerable during El Niño.

Embrace the uniqueness of this experience and let your journey be filled with awe, understanding, and an unwavering commitment to the preservation of our planet’s treasures.

Learn more about El Niño at World Meteorological Organization.

9th June 2023

Avianca announces new Manta – Galapagos direct flights

Manta has become a new getaway that connects the two wonderful Ecuadorian regions, the Coast and the Galapagos. Thanks to Avianca, direct flights from Manta – Galapagos will take place twice a week. This is great news for anyone who is looking to discover the wonder of Ecuador’s mainland and explore the rich diversity in the Galapagos Islands. 

Source: Routes

11th May 2023

Ecuador’s largest-ever debt-for-nature deal enhances Galapagos preservation efforts

Ecuador, known for its incredible biodiversity, including the renowned Galapagos Islands, is committed to conserving its natural treasures. In a groundbreaking move, the Ecuadorian government announced the largest-ever debt-for-nature swap, which generates a debt savings of 1.1 billion dollars for the country. With this, Ecuador will invest 450 million dollars for the protection of the Galapagos Islands. This historic transaction will provide funding for conservation efforts in the marine areas of the islands. This will be especially beneficial for endangered migratory species like whales and scalloped hammerhead sharks will benefit greatly from these efforts.

This momentous step toward sustainable development sets Ecuador apart as a global change-maker, paving the way for the continued preservation of our planet’s natural wonders. It is a testament to Ecuador’s commitment to safeguarding its remarkable biodiversity and leaving a lasting legacy for future generations.

Source: Galapagos Conservancy

8th May 2023

WHO says Covid-19 is no longer a global health emergency

Great news! The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the COVID-19 pandemic no longer constitutes a global health emergency. While the pandemic is not over, this decision is a positive step forward and shows the progress that has been made in controlling the spread of the virus.

Source: CNN

3rd April 2023

Starlink services are now available on Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands

Ecuador welcomed SpaceX’s Starlink broadband services, and is now live in the Galapagos Islands! 

With Starlink, users can enjoy fast and reliable internet access. And with the service already working in the Galapagos Islands, even those in the most isolated locations can now stay connected. 

Source: RCR Wireless News

30th March 2023

Flying to and from Ecuador will be cheaper

The Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism EcoDelta and Tourism Power rates in order to lower the cost of air tickets. The measure will apply to tickets issued from June 1st. The country will continue to implement actions in favor of tourism. 

Source: Ministry of Tourism

10th March 2023

Avianca announces 3 new international routes between Ecuador & Colombia

The connectivity between Ecuador and Colombia is growing rapidly with Avianca’s 3 new routes between both countries.

Flights from Cartagena International Airport (CTG) and Medellín International Airport (MDE) to Guayaquil International Airport (GYE) in Ecuador are now possible!

Source: Simple Flying

13th February 2023

Avianca launches Quito – New York flights and plans to add new destinations from Ecuador

Starting June 1st, Quito will be the ninth city that Avianca connects with New York.

Prices will start with a promotional fare of $388 each way including taxes. So if you are looking to start a new adventure you’d better hop on that plane!

Source: Aviación Online

27th January 2023

Copa Airlines announces flights between Panama & Manta

Manta will be Copa Airlines’ third destination in Ecuador.

Finally, the Manta Eloy Alfaro International Airport will have the long-awaited international flights again operating at its terminal, which will have giant benefits for travelers who want to discover the Ecuadorian coast.
And why not do it by cruising it in the luxurious Kontiki Wayra?

Learn more at NLarenas

23rd January 2023

Peru has closed off Machu Picchu due to growing protests

Until recently protests had been concentrated in the country’s south, however, since the increase in anti-government protests Peruvian authorities have decided to close off the famous  Machu Picchu indefinitely. The Peruvian Ministry of Culture has stated that any tourist who had purchased tickets for Machu Picchu from Saturday 21, 2023 until one month after whenever the protests end will be able to have a full refund. 

Source: CNN

16th January 2023

Volcanic activity ongoing at Cotopaxi

Although the Cotopaxi volcano has remained in a low-intensity eruptive state since October 21, 2022, authorities are maintaining a yellow alert level as a precautionary measure. However, there have not been any mandatory evacuations for the surrounding area.  

All of our tours are operating normally and you can continue doing regular activities inside the National Park, such as a Limpiopungo Lagoon hike, horseback riding, wildlife observation, and more. Only summits to the Cotopaxi volcano are temporarily suspended.

In case of any emergencies, the Ecuadorian authorities will alert those who live in areas considered at risk. Remember to always inform yourself through official media channels to avoid confusion and misinformation.  Activities inside the Cotopaxi National Park such as biking, wildlife observation, and horseback riding are still available for tourist who decides to visit it.

Source: El Telegrafo

Additional Information: Alertas Ecuador

23rd December 2022

Peru’s Government Reopens Trains Out of Machu Picchu

Following interruptions and closures last week, train services and airports are now reopening. PeruRail, Peru’s railway operator for the south and southeast regions of the country, said in a statement on Saturday, 17th of December, that trains were resuming operations and operations are returning back to normal.

Source: CNN

20th December 2022

Update on Peruvian Protests

Peru is facing political difficulties since last week that have generated protests in many cities across the country. Peruvian authorities declared a “state of emergency” this morning for 30 days in order to maintain safety during the protests.

Peru’s primary hub, Lima International Airport (LIM), remains open and functioning with additional safety measures such as only passengers showing their boarding pass are allowed to enter the airport, and no companions will be allowed to pick up, finally drop off through vehicular access will only be accredited passengers and the driver of the vehicle. Rebecca Adventure Travel recommends you postpone your trip to Peru until it is back to its normal state.

20th October 2022

Good News! Ecuador eliminated its COVID-19 entry requirements

Ecuador eliminated its COVID-19 entry requirements for Ecuador mainland and the Galapagos Islands. International travelers are no longer required to present COVID-19 vaccination cards or proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the country. These measures will be effective from October 20, 2022.

However to enter the Galapagos travelers still need the transit control card issued by the Government Council of the Galapagos Special Regime.

Source: Foreign Ministry of Ecuador

3rd October 2022

Latest update on requirements for entering Ecuador

Great news! Guillermo Lasso, president of Ecuador established on October 3th of 2022 that ¨The pandemic has ended in Ecuador due to the vaccination process carried a year ago¨. This has also contributed to the measures for entering the country becoming more accessible for all tourists.

The requirements for entering Ecuador for all travelers above the age of 3 years old are the following:

Vaccination card with QR or code, valid for at least 14 days after completing the scheme if travelers can’t provide the vaccination card they must present a negative PCR or antigen Test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. 

To enter the Galapagos Islands the traveler must request the transit control card issued by the Government Council of the Galapagos Special Regime.

Source: US Embassy and Consulate in Ecuador

18th July 2022

New Guidelines for Entering Ecuador

The National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) requested the Ministry of Public Health to standardize the requirements for entering the country and Galapagos. The new guidelines will be effective on July 18, 2022, at 00:01.

The requirements for entering the country for all travelers above the age of 3 years old are the following:

Vaccination card with QR or code, valid for at least 14 days after completing the scheme. 

Anyone who enters Ecuador by air is required to present the Traveler’s Health Declaration, which is submitted digitally when boarding the airline. Remember that it must be given in only prior to boarding.

To enter the Galapagos Islands the traveler must request the transit control card issued by the Government Council of the Galapagos Special Regime.

These new measures facilitate travelers’ entry to the country and allow them to experience it to the fullest. 

Source: Ecuador Ministry of Tourism

30th June 2022

The Strikes in Ecuador have Finalized

Ecuador’s government and the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) have reached an agreement. Government Minister, Francisco Jimenéz, Indigenous leader Leonidas Iza and the head of the Episcopal Conference, Monsignor Luis Cabrera, who acted as mediator, signed the agreement. The deal included the prohibition of mining in protected areas and the reduction of fuel prices.

Both parts expressed their desire to solve the situation through dialogue.  During negotiations, it was announced that all the protests will be suspended. Meaning that the strike has finalized. The country returns to the peaceful state it used to be, with airports continuing all flights as normal at 100% capacity.

Rebecca Adventure Travel is happy to communicate to all the travelers that Ecuador is open and waiting to receive them.

Source: Ecuador Ministry of Tourism

29th June 2022

Update on Ecuadorian Protests

The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) is currently negotiating with the Ecuadorian government. This means that the protests are soon to be ended. Francisco Jimenéz, Government Minister has stated that the strike has already been reduced to a 20%. The country is coming back to its normal state and the atmosphere is much more relaxed than in the past days. 

Quito and Guayaquil airports remain open and roads to access them do not experience any blockages. Currently, Rebecca Adventure Travel is prioritizing trips to the Galapagos Islands and rescheduling it to be our guest’s first destination until the situation on Ecuador’s mainland is totally solved. 

22nd June 2022

Mariscal Sucre International Airport status due to current the protests

The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) is currently on strike, therefore you might experience some road blockages, those include roads that lead to the airport. However, Quito, Guayaquil, and the Galapagos Islands airports remain open with just a small percentage of canceled or delayed flights. 

Some recommendations are:

  • Avoid crowds.
  • Be aware of updates on road closures.
  • When going to the airport consider going with extra time in case you may encounter a roadblock. 
  • Consider alternate routes.
  • Staying at hotels near the airport.
  • Finally, Rebecca Adventure Travel recommends to all its guests to go to the airport in the early morning, starting from 4 am. Why? Because curfew ends at 5 am, this way you will be on the road before the strikes resume. This measure will ensure a much more smooth sailing journey to the airport. Don’t forget to bring your printed boarding pass so you can circulate at this time.

The Ministry of Tourism is currently working on the transportation of travelers to Quito and Guayaquil so they won’t miss their flights and connections. Additionally, they have coordinated safe routes for every traveler’s safe return to their homes. 

Please remember that during your stay you can contact us 24/7 through our emergency phone. The Rebecca Adventure Travel team is here to help you and solve any doubts or additional questions you may have.

Source: Ministry of Tourism

28th April 2022

Latest update of requirements to travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

The use of masks is no longer mandatory in public spaces (both indoors and out). However, private establishments may have their own policies. We suggest that you carry around your completed vaccination card and your masks.

The Ecuadorian Government had registered no outbreaks after the recent holidays and that the 5-percent positivity rate in PCR tests had been maintained for four consecutive weeks in the country. ¨A sign that the country it’s own its way to defeat COVID¨ said, President Guillermo Lasso.


10th February 2022

Update of requirements to travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Based on the improved sanitary situation of Ecuador, from the 11th of February 2022 the requirements, approved by the National COE, to travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are as follow:

  • Every passenger who enters the country, over 12 years of age, must present a completed vaccination card with QR code or vaccination certificate against COVID-19, with at least 14 days of validity after completing the dosage


  • The Negative result of an RT-PCR test, taken up to 72 hours prior to boarding to Ecuador.
  • For children between 2 and 12 years old, they must present the negative result of a qualitative RT-PCT taken up to 72 hours prior to boarding to Ecuador.
  • Traveler´s Digital Health Declaration.

Please remember that requirements may vary. It is recommended to check requirements before your journey.

Source: Quito International Airport

3rd February 2022

Update of requirements to travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

Rapid Antigen Test result is now accepted for entrance in Ecuador and the Galapagos.

As a result of a successful vaccination campaign, 82% of the Ecuadorian population over 5 years of age has been vaccinated with two doses. At the same time, COVID-19 cases have decreased in the country.

In order to safeguard the health of its citizens and visitors, the Ecuadorian government reported an update of the requirements to enter Ecuador. Each visitor must present:

  • Traveler’s Health Declaration. To fill out the document, enter here:
  • All travelers over 16 years of age must present a complete vaccination card against COVID-19 with at least 14 days of validity after completing the scheme and a negative result of an RT-PCR or antigen test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure to Ecuador. 
  • Passengers between 2 and 16 years old must present a negative result of an RT-PCR or antigen test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure to Ecuador. 
  • Unvaccinated travelers over 16 will not be able to enter either Ecuador or the Galapagos Islands. 

Rebecca Adventure Travel can provide assistance to perform the PCR tests in:

  • Quito
  • Guayaquil
  • Cuenca

Please remember that requirements may vary. It is recommended to check requirements before your journey.

Source: Quiport

26th January 2022

International arrivals to Ecuador increased by 25.8% in 2021

In 2021, Ecuador achieved a growth of 25.8% in international arrivals, compared to 2020. These results refer to revenues by air, sea, and land to the country. This number is higher than the average for the Americas and much better than that of neighboring countries.

International arrivals

The data shows a clear growing trend for the Ecuadorian tourism industry, which is steepening towards the second half of 2021. This also shows a solid base for the results of 2022.

“Tourism is the vehicle for conservation and development”, said the Tourism Minister, Niels Olsen, emphasizing that within the 2025 Tourism Plan, the vision of tourism will be presented, with clear policies of sustainability.

Working together with all the actors in the sector will allow rapid progress towards a complete reactivation of tourism in Ecuador.

Source: Ministry of Tourism

20th January 2022

Ecuador vaccination rate keeps growing

The president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, announced that 82% of the population over 5 years of age has been vaccinated with two doses in the country. The head of state also urged citizens to also get vaccinated with the booster dose and continue with the biosecurity measures arranged.

Additionally, 3-year-old children will be able to be vaccinated against COVID-19 from next February in the country. 

Consequently, Ecuador is one of the safest destinations against COVID

Source: Ecuadorian Presidency

12th January 2022

Galapagos, a paradise free of COVID and fully vaccinated

Galapagos free of covid

Ecuador travel news


The Galapagos is Ecuador’s first province that is free of COVID-19 after a rigorous and successful vaccination campaign. According to the latest data from December 2021, the archipelago has vaccinated 92,65% of its population.

Consequently, and as stated by the Viceprecidency of Ecuador, Galapagos, a World Heritage Site, was the first fully immunized archipelago in Latin America. This was of paramount importance to the island’s sustainability as they were officially the first Ecuadorian province to complete phase 1 of the vaccination campaign.