- A valid passport will be required to enter Ecuador. You will not need to acquire a visa in advance since you can obtain a 30 day visa when you enter Ecuador.
- Please bring you own binoculars. For more information on birding binoculars, click here.
- Medical insurance. There are good medical facilities available in Quito (about 85 km away by road). Contact your medical insurer to be sure you have coverage which will handle your medical bills in Ecuador (or reimburse you for their cost). Medical insurance which includes coverage for evacuation back to the US is strongly recommended.
- It's a good idea to have copies of prescriptions for any medication(s) you may be taking.
According to the CDC, there are no required immunizations at this time. However, the CDC suggests (as does the PPRF) that you acquire the following:
- tetanus booster (within the past 5 years)
- Hepatitis vaccines - These vaccines are something that many people already have. If you are not immunized against types A and B, please talk with your physician to before the trip.
- Yellow Fever - quite rare where we will be going, in fact the CDC has not recorded a case of Yellow Fever , Yellow Fever is not something you want to take a chance on. Additionally, if cases of YF do develop and the World Health Organization decides to make the immunization mandatory, you will have to show evidence of immunization within the previous 10 years before being allowed to enter any country which requires the immunization. If you are planning a side trip to Galapagos or other areas in South America, then you should get the Yellow Fever vaccination.Be sure to check out the CDC information on Ecuador.
- typhoid - this immunization is now given orally. Typhoid is an unpleasant disease, and there's no reason to risk getting it. Typhoid is uncommon in both Quito and Mindo. If you will be traveling outside of those areas, consider taking the three pill typhoid immunization.
- cholera - not really necessary for two reasons. First, the efficacy of the vaccine is questionable. Secondly, cases of cholera are extremely rare in the areas where we will be working. Cholera is treatable.
- malaria - Malaria is not common in Mindo, however prophylaxis using doxycycline is effective and inexpensive. Consult your physician for details.
Click here to go to the CDC information page.
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