CNH Tours - Cultural and Natural Heritage Tours Galapagos
Friday November 19, 2010
November 28 is Census Day in Ecuador - be prepared
CNH Tours has learned that Sunday, November 28, will be the national census day in Ecuador. An army of 360,000 students has been trained to go door to door to collect census data.
The census may cause disruptions to your visit. It appears that the Census is taken very seriously, and relatively draconian measures are put into place to ensure that all people are counted. The Census law requires that all Ecuadorian residents stay at home from 7AM to 5PM. It will also apply the "Dry Law", which prohibits the sale and consumption of alcohol from Friday night (midnight) to Sunday night (midnight). This may have an impact on your travel plans.
HOW WILL THE CENSUS AFFECT MY TRIP?
If you're on a cruise: Business as usual, nothing to worry about.
If you're on land (e.g. on the continent, in town in Galapagos): We have been informed that guests will have to remain in their hotel rooms from 7AM to 5PM. We find this somewhat excessive, and are trying to get additional information. Shops will likely be closed, and public transport may be difficult to secure (as will getting a drink!).
If you're flying: Either between Galapagos and the continent, or international departures and arrivals, CNH Tours has been informed that it will be business as usual (despite the National Census website indicating the contrary).
If you're looking for a taxi: We have been informed that specially authorized transport will be arranged by hotels to ensure their guests can get to and from the airport. The best option will be to get in touch with your hotel and ask for help in this regard.