Currency

US dollar ($)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than $40

  • Budget guesthouses: $10–20 per person
  • Set lunches: $2.50–3.50
  • One-day bike rental for trip from Baños to Puyo: $10

Midrange: $40–100

  • 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 $100

  • Galápagos tour: from $300
  • Top Amazon lodges: around $400
  • Haciendas on Cotopaxi: from $100

Bargaining

Bargaining at outdoor markets is standard practice; at shops where prices are marked, this is not the case, although you may be able to make a deal when buying multiple items. Prices for long-distance taxis and independently hired canoes are negotiable. In all cases, friendly and polite negotiation is key (but you knew that).

Money

Stock up on cash before arriving in Vilcabamba. There are a couple of ATMs here, but a lot of visitors for such a small town.

Banco de Guayaquil ATM only.

Banco del Austro ATM on the plaza.