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Formatting and language conventions

For articles about Ecuador, please use the 24-hour clock to show times, e.g. 09:00-12:00 and 18:00-00:00.

Please show prices in this format: $100, and not US 100, S$100, 100 USD or 100 dollars.

Please use American spelling.

For future reference the Project:CIA World Factbook 2002 import can be found at Talk:Ecuador/CIA World Factbook 2002 import.

Removed provinces[edit]

I removed the provinces, I don't see any added value for travellers -- (WT-en) Ronald 22:19, 25 Nov 2005 (EST)


Chimborazo not a city[edit]

Chimborazo was listed as a city. There is a province called Chimborazo, but the city which is "host" to the mountain is Riobamba. --pjt33

English-language newspapers[edit]

I managed to buy the Miami Herald from a small street news-stand in Riobamba (by Correos). Was this exceptional, or should mention of the possibility of buying English-language newspapers in the street be added? --pjt33


On the use of automated teller machines: I was part of a large group, and we had different (UK) banks. Most of us found that we couldn't make withdrawals from all banks, and which banks we could and could not use varied between us, although in each case a network universally worked or didn't. For example, I could withdraw from any Banco de Guayaquil machine, but never from a Banco de Pichincha machine. Therefore be prepared to try two or three ATMs in order to find one which works.

I added this info to article, as I agree and think it is important to travellers. --(WT-en) Fridday


I deleted the price given for water ($0.25 / bottle) because, obviously, it depends on the size of the bottle. A 5 litre bottle is typically about $1, and a 25 litre bottle $2.50, although for the latter you may also have a pay a deposit on the bottle.


Should information regarding visas to enter the country be added? I have found it hard to find exact information(accept at the consulates themselves) regarding the documents to bring for the various visas. 08:05, 12 September 2006 (EDT) No visa needed to enter the country


Ecuador provinces-numbers.svg

The regions used currently are quite a mess.. I d be willing to sort these

What we have right now is :

Could that be used as regions ? Three regions only for mainland Ecuador seems few.. I ll look for a list of the departments and a map so we can sort them out precisely.

(WT-en) Rafcha 16:24, 27 October 2009 (EDT)

Here are a list of provinces with the capital and proposed region :
1 Azuay Cuenca Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
2 Bolívar Guaranda Coastal Lowlands (Ecuador)
3 Cañar Azogues Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
4 Carchi Tulcán Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
5 Chimborazo Riobamba Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
6 Cotopaxi Latacunga Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
7 El Oro Machala Coastal Lowlands (Ecuador)
8 Esmeraldas Esmeraldas Coastal Lowlands (Ecuador)
9 Galápagos Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Galapagos Islands
10 Guayas Guayaquil Coastal Lowlands (Ecuador)
11 Imbabura Ibarra Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
12 Loja Loja Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
13 Los Ríos Babahoyo Coastal Lowlands (Ecuador)
14 Manabí Portoviejo Coastal Lowlands (Ecuador)
15 Morona-Santiago Macas Amazon (Ecuador)
16 Napo Tena Amazon (Ecuador)
17 Orellana Puerto Francisco de Orellana Amazon (Ecuador)
18 Pastaza Puyo Amazon (Ecuador)
19 Pichincha Quito Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
20 Santa Elena Santa Elena Coastal Lowlands (Ecuador)
21 Santo Domingo Santo Domingo de Los Colorados Coastal Lowlands (Ecuador)
22 Sucumbíos Nueva Loja Amazon (Ecuador)
23 Tungurahua Ambato Andean Highlands (Ecuador)
24 Zamora-Chinchipe Zamora Amazon (Ecuador)

To sum up :

I ll wait for some feedback and then sort the articles using these categories(WT-en) Rafcha 17:15, 27 October 2009 (EDT)

I agree that three regions is fewer than what would be ideal, but I don't know anything about travel in Ecuador, so I won't be able to really help. Your sort, though, into the existing regions looks good to me. --(WT-en) Peter Talk 18:06, 27 October 2009 (EDT)
Oh, and that map can be uploaded to Shared—select the "GFDL and any Attribution-ShareAlike" option from the pulldown menu on the upload form. Here's a guide to the different licenses we allow for images. --(WT-en) Peter Talk 18:13, 27 October 2009 (EDT)
While doing the sorting i realize theses regions make the most sense, at least geographically. The only further division i could imagine is splitting the Andean region into north and south parts.(WT-en) Rafcha 18:28, 27 October 2009 (EDT)

Volcano eruption: do we need a warning box?[edit]

Ecuador declares volcano emergency Pashley (talk) 18:24, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

I think it would be good to have, at least in the Cotopaxi article. ϒpsilon (talk) 18:53, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

Cities (towns, etc.) in "Other destinations"[edit]

"Other destinations" means "other than cities (towns, hamlets, etc.)", such as parks, archeological sites, major waterfalls and the like (beaches qualify, too). Right now, this is the list of "Other destinations", other than "National parks":

  • Baeza - Gateway to the northern Oriente and up-and-coming mountain town -- still has sleepy small-town feel.
  • Canoa - Small beach town.
  • Esmeraldas - A lesser visited city to the north of some of the most popular beaches in Ecuador.
  • Guamote - A cosy and authentic Andean village though easy accessible.
  • Guaranda - A small Andean city famous for its Carnaval celebrations.
  • Mindo - Excellent bird watching in a cloud forest setting.
  • Montañita - World famous surfing beach and beach hangout.
  • Puerto López - Beautiful small ocean side city, access point for Machalilla National Park, and Isla de la Plata "Poor Man's Galapagos".
  • Puyo - Amazon rain forest town frequently destination of downhill bicycle rides from Baños.
  • Quilotoa Loop - An Andean travel route that encompasses Quilotoa volcanic crater lake, Zumbahua and Chugchilán. Quintessential Andean landscapes and cultural experiences.
  • Salinas - Beautiful beach and boardwalk, swamped with Guayaquileños during holidays.
  • Tena - Amazon rain forest town famous for some of the best white water rafting and kayaking in Latin America.
  • Vilcabamba - Popular for expats living and retiring, and famous for its legendary older inhabitants whom claim to have some of the longest lifespans in the world.

Without even looking at the articles, just based on the descriptions, the following should be removed, based on Wikivoyage guidelines:

Baeza (town), Canoa (town, although if its beach is made the "Other destination", that could work), Esmeraldas (city), Guamote (village), Guaranda (small city), Puerto López (city, although if the listing is for the coast or the island, it might work), Puyo (town), Tena (town, though maybe it could be listed purely as a center for rafting and kayaking). Vilcabamba seems clearly to be a town, too, based on the description that focuses on living and inhabitants.

Your opinions? Ikan Kekek (talk) 20:28, 10 May 2016 (UTC)

I'm in the process of adding a lot of content for Baeza, having stayed here for a while and realized that it is a idden gem of Ecuador -- where would I link it from, if it doesn't belong here. I couldn't find the answer in the guidelines...maybe it is just that I'm a wiki newbie, apologies if so. Itinerant503 (talk) 20:39, 10 May 2016 (UTC)

The easiest answer is that you'd link it from the article for the region it's a part of. Many places that are gems don't get linked from the national level. Ikan Kekek (talk) 07:37, 11 May 2016 (UTC)
Ho ho! So much information linked from the welcome message I received. And, "I couldn't find the answer in the guidelines," but only because I didn't really look. Thanks/sorry. Delete this thread if you like, Ikan. Itinerant503 (talk) 12:58, 11 May 2016 (UTC)
No need to delete the thread. There are a lot of places in "Other destinations" that need discussion and possible deletion from this article, and it's not completely clear which ones. Ikan Kekek (talk) 17:32, 11 May 2016 (UTC)
Any more comments? We really haven't resolved anything much here. Which of these places belong in an "Other (than cities [towns, villages, etc.]) destinations" and is there any overriding attraction that is more of a draw than the city itself in any of the other places, which could be mentioned as the destination instead of the city? Ikan Kekek (talk) 10:10, 17 May 2016 (UTC)


Current banner
New banner

I originally made this new banner for the article Latin America, but I ended up adding a different banner there, and I think this one would be better for Ecuador than the current nondescript green hills. Thoughts? —Granger (talk · contribs) 14:22, 28 October 2017 (UTC)

Seeing no comments for a few days, I've gone ahead and changed the banner. We can always change it back if someone objects. —Granger (talk · contribs) 20:14, 2 November 2017 (UTC)

Currency, time and spelling conventions[edit]

Below is a proposed infobox to let readers know which formatting conventions to use in Wikivoyage articles. Do you agree with these proposals? If you have direct knowledge of what is most commonly used in the country, please let us know. Ground Zero (talk) 13:58, 6 December 2019 (UTC)

Moved to the top of this page. Ground Zero (talk) 04:51, 28 December 2019 (UTC)