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Ecuador is an adventure-land filled with hundreds of beautiful experiences. Among its attractions are the Andes mountains, high-altitude volcanoes, natural mangroves, Amazon rainforest and Galapagos Islands. People often overlook the hidden corners of Ecuador that are overshadowed by these magnificent attractions.

Some of these hidden treasures include Conchas Lake and Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve. The cloud forest has an overwhelming number of exotic bird species and is also known for its spectacular butterflies and orchids. The forest is only a few kilometres away from Ecuador’s capital city, Quito.

Thanks to high flight availability, reaching Ecuador is pretty straightforward. However, not all countries have direct flights to Ecuador and it’s necessary to travel via connecting flights. Our travel guide will get you up to speed about such flights.  We have also provided some basic details on the entry requirements for Ecuador.

Requirements For Entering Ecuador

  • Visitors must carry a passport with at least 6 months validity.
  • Visitors planning a short stay (90 days or less) can enter Ecuador without a v Those planning to spend more time in Ecuador should consider getting either an extension for 180 days or a visa. A visa can be procured both online or at the Embassy.
  • Visitors that gain entry from the Peru or Colombia borders must obtain the mandatory official entry stamp at these borders. The entry stamp will be provided as long as the visitors have an exit stamp from the country they have left.
  • Ensure you have malaria medicine prescriptions before visiting Ecuador. The forest and mangrove breed plenty of mosquitoes in the rainy season. Visitors are also recommended to pack mosquito repellent and appropriate clothing as precautionary measures.

Refer to the CDC’s guide to travelling to Ecuador during COVID.

Flights to Ecuador

The prices for flights are an estimate and may vary depending upon the season.

  • Flights From United Kingdom

Direct flights aren’t available from the United Kingdom to Ecuador, but there are plenty of connecting flights to Quito and Guayaquil. Passengers can board a connecting flight from London Heathrow Airport to Quito via Houston, the United States on United Airlines, Lufthansa Airlines, and Austrian Airlines.

Similarly, they can board connecting flights to Guayaquil on Ryanair, Avianca, Iberia, British Airways, and LATAM airlines.  The connecting flights usually fly through Madrid or Bogota. The journey from the United Kingdom to Ecuador takes about 18-24 hours, depending on the flight path. The flight tickets may cost $800-$1000 (£580-£725).

  • Flights From United States

Direct flights to Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport (Ecuador international airport) and Guayaquil’s José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport are available with United, Delta, LATAM, and American Airlines. These airlines depart from New York, Miami, Houston, and Atlanta. Spirit Airlines and JetBlue also fly non-stop (direct) to the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. The flight approximately costs $500 (£370).  The price difference between direct and connecting flights isn’t much, but it increases the travel time.

Several airlines, such as Copa Airlines and Avianca, offer connecting flights to Guayaquil via Panama city, San Salvador, or Bogota.

  • Flights From Canada

Although there are no direct flights from Canada to Ecuador, there are frequent connecting (indirect) flights from Toronto and Montreal. Avianca, United Airlines, Copa Airlines, and WestJet are the few airlines that offer connecting flights to Ecuador. These airlines fly to Ecuador via Salvador, Bogota, Houston, or Panama city. The flight usually takes around 10 hours and can cost anywhere between $700-$2000 (£506-£1444).

  • Flights From Australia

There are no direct flights from Australia to Ecuador, but passengers can board connecting flights from Sydney to Guayaquil or Quito. It is the quickest and the most straightforward route. LATAM and Qantas are the only airlines that fly via this route. Alternatively, people can also travel through the United States.

Flights to Galápagos

There are no direct flights from foreign countries to the Galápagos Islands. To reach Galápagos, you have to board a flight to Mainland Ecuador. Once there, catch a connecting flight to Galápagos. Latam, Avianca and Tame are the available airlines for travel to the Galápagos Islands. These airlines make two-morning trips per day, arriving at the Balta Islet. The flight tickets from Ecuador to the Galápagos cost around $500-$600 (£362-£435).

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