What should you wear and bring?
Remember: you are on the equator, so sun block with a high SPF is always needed, no matter where you travel.
You’re most likely staying in hotels for most of your travel, so you won’t need to pack towels or most toiletry items. But if you’re traveling on one of our camping trips or staying in more rugged lodges, you’ll want to pack necessary items accordingly. It’s also recommended to keep a roll of toilet paper with you while traveling, since most public restrooms expect you to bring your own.
Check your specific trip itinerary in the “important information” section for other recommended items that are specific to the region you are visiting or the activities you will be participating in. Examples are bathing suits, flashlights, water shoes, quick-dry trekking gear, etc.
In Quito and the highlands: Wear spring attire during June, July, and August. During the rest of the months, use warmer clothing like what you would wear during the fall. Dress in layers so that you’re ready for temperature changes throughout the day. A raincoat or jacket is useful at night since it gets pretty chilly. An umbrella will be especially useful during the wet season (October-May). Sun block with a high SPF is always needed.
Guayaquil and other coastal cities: Wear summer clothing all year round. During the rainy months, December to May, the weather is still very warm. During the months of June to November the weather is cloudy and a little bit colder. Bring along a light jacket. You’ll probably want a bathing suit to take a dip in the warm waters of the Pacific Coast beaches.
Galapagos: Wear comfortable walking shoes and casual clothing. Shorts, t-shirts, and summer clothing will be just fine. Don’t forget a hat, a camera, sun block, and a bathing suit. During the months of June to November the weather is cloudy and a bit colder. Bring along a light jacket.
Amazon or Rainforest: Wear clothing adequate for rain. If you can get yourself a raincoat (poncho), take it with you, as well as several sets of light pants and short and long sleeve shirts. Shorts are less useful because of the insects and abundant vegetation you will walk through on your excursions. A hat, rubber boots, and insect repellent are also a must. If you plan to take non-digital pictures, you will need high-speed film.