Security Update for Ecuador

On January 8, 2024, the Government of Ecuador implemented a 60 day nationwide curfew to reestablish order in the country and confront those threatening the stability of the territory. The curfew is in in effect between 11pm and 5am. Only travellers with proof of a national or international flight are permitted to travel on the roads during the curfew. Between 5AM and 11PM, there are no restrictions to movement and people can go about their regular affairs unhindered. 

Furthermore, on January 9, 2024, the Government of Ecuador declared a nationwide state of “internal armed conflict” to allow security forces to better respond to a sharp increase in gang violence across the country, including in Guayaquil and Quito. These measures are not expected to affect daily life in Ecuador.

 The Ecuadorian Minister of Tourism confirmed that same day: 

  • Movement to and from the airport is permitted.
  • Airports are operating normally
  • Additional security measures have been implemented at terminals to ensure the safety of travellers
  • Security has been strategically bolstered with increased police and military presence.
  • There is no prohibition on entry, and no incidents of violence in the main tourist destinations in Ecuador:
    • The Galapagos Islands
    • The Amazon region
    • National Parks

Of course, the safety of our guests is always paramount and should we have any reason to believe there is a serious risk to that, we will respond accordingly. 

Our tours are continuing to run regularly (we have guests on ships right now, and others embarking this coming week).  For those who have their arrival or departure flights during the curfew, they will be required to present a printed copy of the air ticket or any other travel documents. 

We recommend that all travellers to Ecuador consider private land transfers at this time to maximize their security in-country. We can help make those arrangements.  

With the help of our team / colleagues / friends on the ground in Quito (Mercedes, Tannya, Adriana, Tony at the airport), Guayaquil (Maybel) and Galapagos (Daniela, Juan and others) we are keeping a close eye on developments.  Based on our 25 years of experience, during which time we have seen many such events come and go, we have no reason to believe this will affect your trip.  

We’ll keep you posted should there be any developments we feel might be worth noting.  

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