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How much does it cost to explore Ecuador?

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South America is considered to be one of the most affordable continents for travellers. Below is our financial spend for our journey around Ecuador from January to March 2017.


  • The costs are based upon a couple travelling together.
  • We did not travel as part of an organised tour but as individual travelers.
  • Not considered is the entry or exit transport into/out of the country.

Where We Travelled

Map of Ecuador and the destinations we explored
Map of Ecuador and the destinations we explored

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Travel Costs Summary Table

Country: Ecuador including GalápagosUSD per person per day
Government Costs$1.583%
Total USD per person per day$55.11

Below are the Ecuador country costs less the regional costs for the Galápagos Islands. Not everyone who visits Ecuador includes the Galápagos Islands and some of those that do, go on multiday cruise trips which have different costs.

Country: Ecuador without Galápagos IslandsUSD per person per day
Government Costs$00%
Total USD per person per day$42.18

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Other Cost Summaries and Budgets

Travel budget websites calculated the costs as shown in the below table. We are unsure whether their data includes entry/exit cost. However, it is good to compare our actual versus their data.

NameWebsiteDaily Amount Per Person - USDComments
Budget Your Trip$34.00Travel style: All

Other websites such as Numbeo and Price Of Travel do not show consolidated daily averages but break it down by the various items (for example, bread, milk, etc).

Feature photo by Fernando Tapia on Unsplash

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How much does it cost to explore Ecuador?
How much does it cost to explore Ecuador?
How much does it cost to explore Ecuador?

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