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Quito airportEcuador is the most rewarding travel destination in South America. The two main airports in Ecuador are located in Quito and Guayaquil. These are the only airports which are capable of handling international flights. There is also a smaller airport in Cuenca and domestic flights in Ecuador are usually between these three cities.

A number of airlines offer regular international flights to and from Ecuador. Prices vary wildly. The high season, from the beginning of July to the beginning of September and December to mid-January, brings a bump in ticket price and extremely limited availability. Try to travel outside of these times; but, if you can’t just be sure to reserve your ticket well in advance. It is essential to reconfirm your round-trip flights 72 hours in advance or you may well get bumped off the list. If you are going to be in the boonies, have a travel agency do this for you.

Domestic Flights

Ecuador airport, touristFlying within Ecuador, with the exception of the Galapagos, is quite affordable. There is a two-tiered system depending on what city you are going to; foreigners going to the Galapagos or the Amazon can expect to pay more than double what nationals pay. You can fly almost anywhere within the country in about a half-hour. Expect incredible views, particularly if you are passing over Ecuador's breathtaking "Avenue of the Volcanoes" on the Quito-Cuenca flight.

The two main domestic airlines in Ecuador are TAME and AEROGAL; however, there are a number of smaller airlines. It is also fairly easy to arrange charter flights in Ecuador. Popular among domestic flights in Ecuador are flights to the Galapagos Islands. Both of the domestic airlines in Ecuador fly daily to the Galapagos Islands, with flying time to the islands being around 3 hours. It is also possible to get international direct flights to Ecuador, which then travel immediately on to the Galapagos Islands.


Most travelers entering Ecuador as tourists do not require visas. Citizens of Cuba, a few Asian countries and some Central American countries currently require a tourist visa. All travelers who do not wish to enter as tourists require visas. Nonimmigrant visas are available for diplomats, refugees, students, laborers, religious workers, business-people, volunteers and cultural-exchange visitors. Various immigrant visas are also available. Obtaining a visa is time consuming, so commence the process as far ahead of your visit as possible. Visas must be obtained from an Ecuadorian embassy and cannot be arranged within Ecuador. Visa holders who apply for residency need to get an exit permit from the immigration authorities in Quito before they leave the country. Depending on their status, some residents may have to pay an exit tax. continues...

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