Peru and Ecuador... hopefully not naive questions
Replies: 2 - Last Post: May 13, 2013 2:45 AM Last Post By: travellingforfu...
May 7, 2013 4:58 PM
Peru and Ecuador... hopefully not naive questionsI've lived in Mexico for a number of years, and have traveled "semi-rough" ... buses, low-budget hotels, "adventurous dining" (i.e., if the menu's in English, going down the street), and not too hung up on most travel details. But... I am getting a little older and a little less flexible when it comes to dealing with inconveniences than I used to be.
A few very basic questions about my upcoming trip to Peru and Ecuador (neither of which I've ever been to before).
Quito Airport: Will be arriving close to midnight. Are there taxi kiosks like there are in Mexico City, where one can pay for a ride from a secure taxi and not have to negotiate with the driver?
Electrical outlets: I seem to have acquired a lot more "necessary" electrical devices than I had a few years back. Are the outlets the same as Mexico and the U.S., or will I need a converter? For that matter, are Ecuadorian and Peruvian low budget hotels like similar hotels in Mexico where the ONE wall outlet is always in some odd place, and it's worth carrying an extension cord?
Miscellenous stuff: I try to travel as light as I can, and usually bring old clothes that I can leave behind (I always recommend buying your travel wardrobe at thrift stores like Oxfam or Salvation Army, so you can leave them behind rather than worry about laundry). Travel lit always gives a ridiculously long list of stuff you should carry with you. Anything particular that's a "must" not available easily in the markets? I mean things like duct tape, batteries, toilet paper.
One oddball question: I have an electronic cigarette... anyone had any problems bringing such a weird device thru customs? I live in Sinaloa (home to a well-known ... er... transshipper... of unregulated and illegal Ecuadorian and Peruvian agricultural products to the United States) — which could mean a slightly more thorough inspection than persons coming from other places.
May 11, 2013 6:37 AM
1Hey I was just looking at your post while i was searching for people who might want to buy my car in santiago. I just came from peru and ecuador. Ecuador is on the U.S. dollar and also uses the 120V electrical system which has the same exact outlets and circuit as the U.S., so you are good in ecuador, which is also pretty clean and safe for what I saw, which was just the coastal regions. Peru on the other hand is very dirty, not too safe, but not real bad, and the outlets are a 3 vertical circular prong outlet so you will need an adaptor. hopefully this helps. wanna buy a car, haha. good luck!
May 13, 2013 2:45 AM
I lived in Quito for two months and you should be able to buy all necessary items there and I dont see any problem with an electric cigarette. Customs are not strict and its not a big item so you will be fine.
Low budget accommodation could definitely be of the one socket (if you are lucky) variety but in general the standard of budget hotels are okay but if you want the convenience then an extension lead might be useful.
Taxis in Quito are safe and good and there is a place in the airport where you can order a taxi rather than going to the rank outside. Just be careful with the price they charge as they can try to take advantage of tourists.
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