Ecuador straddles the equator on the West coast of South America, bordered by Colombia and Peru. It is known to be the most biodiverse country in the world, home to a huge number of species of hummingbirds and orchids, as well as a plethora of other incredible and rare wildlife. The landscape of Ecuador encompasses the highlands of the Andes, areas of Amazonian rainforest and the famously popular Galapagos Islands. The country includes the world’s highest active volcano, Cotopaxi, in the centre of the country.
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Ecuador is situated in an area which places it at risk of seismic activity, including earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. Travellers should be aware of any evacuation procedures in the area you are visiting. In the event of a volcanic eruption, the resulting dust, ash and fumes can be extremely harmful, so stay inside at all times with the doors and windows closed.
Tourists are advised against travel to some areas of Ecuador due to political unrest and demonstrations, although the protests are reported to be generally peaceful. You should also avoid areas immediately bordering with Columbia. As with any country, be vigilant about your own personal safety, especially in busy areas, and be aware of the risks tourists face from theft, pickpockets and scams.
Medical facilities in Ecuador may not be available, or may not be of a good standard, outside of major cities. Make sure you have a way to communicate your location and summon help by calling 991 in the event of an emergency, and ensure that you have adequate travel insurance in place to cover repatriation for treatment if necessary. If you’re exploring in the rainforest or other rural areas, make sure your kit and clothing is suitable for the conditions, and carry a well-stocked medical kit with you at all times. You should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, as many non-vaccinated diseases, including the Zika Virus, are spread in this way.
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