Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get travel discounts in Ecuador if I have a cedula?

You receive the same discount as Ecuadorian nationals, as long you have a valid cedula.

 

How long is the flight to the Galapagos Islands?

Flights from the mainland of Ecuador take 90-minutes from Guayaquil, and another hour from Quito.

 

Should I book my own flight to Galapagos?

By booking your cruise and flights through Cazhuma Tours, you can save on package deals, and get onboard your cruise within the scheduled pickup times. Booking your own flights may incur extra expenses such as a charter boat to your vessel.

 

How much luggage can I bring to the Galapagos?

Only one checked bag (44lbs, 20kg) and one carry-on bag per person is allowed.

 

What should we bring to the Galapagos Islands?

We recommend that you bring lightweight clothing, sweaters, hat, sunglasses, don´t forget your swimsuits, sunscreen protection, and comfortable shoes, sandals and mosquito repellent.

 

Is there a time change from Ecuador to the Galapagos?

Galapagos is one-hour behind the rest of Ecuador. Ecuador does not have daylight savings time.

 

Is the Amazon suitable for all age groups?

People of all ages who want to enjoy the Amazon experience are welcome on our tours.

 

What is the minimum number of people needed for a tour?

We can operate with 2 people minimum in a shared service, but if you are traveling alone we can accommodate you with another person or group.

 

When is the best time to visit Cuenca?

Cuenca is a popular tourist destination any time of the year due to our temperate climate.

 

It is possible to pay with a credit card?

Yes, but if you want to pay with a non-Ecuadorian credit card, we can accept PayPal but the fee is an additional 6.5%. Wire transfer is the best option.

 

What is the elevation in Cuenca?

Highest elevation of the city is 2,550m (8,370ft). The nearby Cajas National Park is 4,445 m (14,483ft) at its highest point.

 

Can I get altitude sickness in Cuenca?

While getting altitude sickness in Cuenca is less likely than it would be at a higher elevation, it is even less likely for people over 50. Get acclimated the first day or two, before doing anything too strenuous.

 

How is the weather in the Cajas National Park?

The terrain is rugged and the weather can be unpredictable and cold, so dress appropriately: Comfortable walking/hiking shoes, sweater, rain jacket/poncho, wool cap and gloves. But, don’t forget sunglasses and sunscreen protection, as the sun at high altitudes is much stronger.

 

What should I carry to the Ingapirca tour?

We recommend you bring a sweater, wool cap, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen protection, bottle of water, chocolate bar, and wear comfortable walking shoes.

 

What should I bring to the Gualaceo tour?

We recommend you bring a sweater, wool cap, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen protection, bottle of water, chocolate bar, and wear comfortable walking shoes.

 

What do I bring on the Chorro de Girón tour?

We recommend you bring a sweater, wool cap, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen protection, bottle of water, chocolate bar, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring a bathing suit or shorts, if you want to dip in the lagoon.

 

How long I can stay in Ecuador with a Tourist visa?

Up to 90-days during a 12-month period can be used for one or more trips. If a visitor has already used 90-days during this period, they cannot return to Ecuador for 9 months.

 

What is the climate in Ecuador?

Due to Ecuador’s location on the Equator, there are no marked seasons, so the weather is stable most of the year.

 

When is the best time to travel to Ecuador?

Ecuador is a good place to visit all year round. But, these are the high seasons for the four regions.
Galapagos (Jan-May); Coastal regions (Dec-Apr); Amazon Rainforest (Jun-Sep); Andes Highlands (dry season Jun-Dec)

 

Is tipping common in Ecuador?

Gratuities are an accepted part of the travel business for tours, hotels and restaurants, but generally locals do not tip for everyday services.