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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Budget guesthouses: $10–20 per person
  • Set lunches: $2.50–3.50
  • One-day bike rental for trip from Baños to Puyo: $10
  • Double room in midrange hotel: $40–90
  • Dinner for two in a good restaurant: $20–30
  • Climbing, cycling and bird-watching tours: $60–80
  • Jungle lodges: from $175 for four days
Top end (more than)
  • Galápagos tour: from $300
  • Top Amazon lodges: around $400
  • Haciendas on Cotopaxi: from $100

Ecuador’s official currency is the US dollar. Aside from euros, Peruvian soles and Colombian nuevos soles, it’s very difficult to change foreign currencies in Ecuador.


  • Restaurants Better restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill. Add another 5% for great service, handing it to the server directly.

  • Taxis Not usually tipped; always appreciated.

  • Guides Tips expected on guided tours. For groups, tip top-notch guides about $5 per person per day; tip the driver about half that. For private guides, tip about $10 per day.

  • Galápagos cruises Tip $10 to $20 per client per day.