Ecuador operates on 110 volts [60-cycle
], and uses standard United States flat, parallel two-prong plugs. If you’re travelling from a country not compatible with this shape, purchase an adapter before
you leave. Some jungle lodges may use their own generators, in which case you should check with the managers before plugging in an appliance.
Avoid drinking tap water in Ecuador, and stick to bottled water which is widely available. Three-star and up hotels provide jugs of mineral water and ice, and most hotels will supply them on request.
Care should be taken not to swallow untreated water when brushing teeth or showering.
Weights and Measures
Ecuador uses the metric system for all commercial, scientific and academic measurements.
Liquids are sold in liters, vegetables and fruits by the kilogram. Temperature is measured in degrees Centigrade.
1 km = .625 [5/8
1 meter = 3.28 feet
1 gram = .035 ounces
1 kilogram [kilo
] = 2.2 pounds
1 liter = 2.1 United States pints = 1.76 United Kingdom pints
To convert Fahrenheit to centigrade, subtract 32 and multiply by 5/9. To convert centigrade to Fahrenheit, multiply by 1.8 and add 32.
Always have toilet paper or tissues with you. Plumbing tubes are narrow and water pressure is often low in Ecuador. Many toilets have a wastepaper basket where you deposit your toilet paper. Flushing it often blocks the pipes. Toilets are banos