Women Travelers |
This section is dedicated to women travelling by themselves. We want to provide you with information about some of the benefits and minor hassles that travelling alone may imply. Keep in mind that Ecuador doesn’t present any major dangers, however there are some special issues that you may want to consider to make yourself more comfortable during your stay. Always remember that common sense and consciousness are the best way to avoid any discomforting situations.
Don’t walk alone at night in major cities. In small villages like Baños or Mindo, it is perfectly safe as you stay in the city perimeter.
Don’t accept drinks from strangers, especially if they seem suspicious.
Always keep an eye on your drink.
Talk to your tour operator about dangerous neighbourhoods and red-light districts on the cities you intend to visit so you can avoid them by being well informed.
Keep an eye on your belongings in public transportation in major cities. Especially during the boarding or exiting. Always keep your purse or backpack up front to avoid pickpockets.
Ecuadorian guys are friendly and sometimes really flirty. Sometimes, foreign women get more attention in clubs and pubs. Don’t be surprised if you get a lot of invites or drinks in one night.
While walking, some guys will whistle or throw some compliments. Most of them are completely inoffensive. Just ignore them and they will be gone quickly.
Consult our What to bring section, for specific women care issues by location.
Birth control pills, patches and shots are available in pharmacies in major cities. Bring your own when travelling to the countryside, should you need them.
The day after pill is sold in Ecuador, but it is not recommendable, since it is still an issue in debate some pharmacies don’t sell it. It is called Glanique and should not be taken by women with medical conditions.
Most of the clubs in Quito and Guayaquil usually hold specials for women. Extended happy hours, ladies nights (girls don’t pay cover), and even open free bar until an extended hour.