Ecuador’s Capital: Quito

Yacuma Lodge, Amazonas

In Ecuador you will find the country’s capital Quito. The city has 2.24 million inhabitants, and is the oldest capital city in all of South America. The name Quito comes from “Quitus”, which means “middle of the world”, because the city is located on the equator. The population group was also called “Quitus”, and it was the ancient inhabitants who helped create the city.

Quito still has relics from this past, although many of these relics have disappeared when the city burned out during the Spanish conquest of Quito. However, the city was quickly rebuilt, which also means you can still experience some distinctive and well-preserved historic buildings.

Visit the capital of Ecuador

At Tourist Travel, we strive to ensure that you get exactly your dream trip to Ecuador. That is why we offer several different trips to Ecuador, where you can visit both the adventurous Galapagos Islands and the old and exciting capital, Quito. From the city you can enjoy a unique view of nature.

With a title as being the oldest capital in South America, Quito has roots that go all the way back to the time of the Incas. In 1978, the city’s old town was protected. Thus, it was also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The city gives you a historical experience where you can explore among the city’s old buildings.

Remains of the past and green parks

Quito has a fascinating location as it is located just over 3000 meters above sea level and right at the foot of the volcano, Pichincha. From here you can experience a unique view of the Andes. On a cloudless day you will also have the opportunity to see the snow-capped peaks of, among others, the volcanoes Antisana and Cotopaxi.

If you do not know what to do in Quito, you can take a trip to the old town. Here you can experience narrow streets, special architecture and beautiful, colorful buildings. The neighborhood is very special, and the more you explore the streets, the more fun things you will find.

If you instead want some green nature experiences, you can take a walk in a park. There are a number of beautiful parks in Quito. If you want to get to a versatile city that offers historic buildings, green parks and beautiful scenery, head to Quito.

Vaccinations on trips to Ecuador and the Galapagos

When traveling to Ecuador and the Galapagos, there are some vaccines that are important to get before the departure of the trip. That way, you can avoid illness that can ruin the journey and all the amazing experiences you have in store.

Depending on how long you need to be away, there is a difference in how many vaccines are needed. On this page we focus on Tourist Travel’s trips to Ecuador and the Galapagos as well as the length of the trip.

Vaccinations for a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos in less than 4 weeks

The trips to the Galapagos and Ecuador with Tourist Travel are typically between 1-4 weeks and are therefore a maximum of 4 weeks. Below you will find important information about the vaccinations needed for a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos.

Recommended vaccinations for a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos

Recommended vaccinations
Diphtheria 1 day before the trip
Yellow fever 10 days before the trip
Hepatitis A 7 days before the trip
Tetanus 1 day before the trip
Diarrhea Taken in pill form – on the journey
Malaria Taken in pill form – on the journey

We recommend that you be vaccinated at least 10 days before your trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos.

Especially about malaria on trips to the Galapagos

In the Galapagos, there is no risk of contracting malaria, so preventative pills are not necessary.

Vaccinations for a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos of more than 4 weeks

For a trip between 1 and 5 months, it is recommended that in addition to the vaccines of less than 4 weeks, you also get the vaccine Hepatitis B. The vaccine Hepatitis B must be taken 3-4 weeks before departure. It is therefore good to think about these vaccinations when booking your trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos.

For a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos of 6 months or more, it is recommended that you get vaccinated against all the vaccines mentioned for a trip under 4 weeks. In addition, it is recommended to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis, Rabies and Typhoid. If you are only going to the Galapagos, a tuberculosis vaccine is not necessary.

Yacuma EcoLodge is our permanent lodge in the Amazon.

It is fantastically located between secondary and primary rainforest, where it is possible to visit the nearby Native American communities, as well as to move all the way into the deep rainforest.

The accommodation takes place in cozy rustic but simple bungalows, with large dormitories, airy, verandas and neat, simple bathrooms. They are built by the Chontayacu Indians in traditional materials. There is a large nice and airy dining room and beautiful area around the lodge.

The neighbors, the Chontayacu Indian community, are involved in every way in the operation of the lodge and much is made of their education in both the lodge area and the conservation work in this part of the rainforest.

Yacuma Lodge, Amazonas