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Flights to Ecuador in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inJanuaryHigh demand for flights, 24% potential price rise
Cheapest inAugustBest time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average price$353Average for round-trip flights in July 2021
Round-trip from$432From Las Vegas McCarran to Ecuador
One-way from$10One-way flight from Las Vegas to Ecuador

COVID Restrictions

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Can I fly to Ecuador right now?

There are current restrictions for travel to Ecuador at this time. These restrictions are for the safety of Ecuador citizens and travelers alike and are as follows: Entry restrictions

Flights to Ecuador have now resumed. From December 22, all travelers arriving from the UK, Australia, South Africa and the EU are required to take an antigen test (rapid test) on arrival at the airport.

Entry requirements

Travelers must present a completed Health Declaration Form and a completed Immigration form as well as a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19 issued within 10 days before arrival. Travelers who are unable to provide a PCR test will be tested at the airport at their own expense. Special 'travel corridors' exist for tourists visiting the Galapagos. Foreigners wishing to enter the islands must present a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19, taken 96 hours prior to the date of departure to Ecuador. On arrival in Ecuador, tourists may be requested to take another PCR test, at their own expense. Tourists must also present a return flight and a safe passage document (‘salvoconducto’) issued by the Ministry of Tourism to be exempt from doing 14 days of self-isolation on the islands. The tour operators or hotels are responsible for arranging this safe passage document on behalf of tourists, given that visitors are required to have previous contracted travel and accommodation arrangements. The Galapagos Transit Control Card, will need to be filled out online at least 24 hours before the flight. On arrival in Ecuador you will be required to fill in a Health Status Declaration, including a local address.

Quarantine requirements

Arriving travelers may be subject to random rapid antigen testing conducted at the airport by the Ministry of Health, regardless of whether a negative COVID RT-PCR test is provided. If the rapid antigen test is positive, they must isolate for 10 days at one of the Ministry of Health's Centers for Temporary Attention in Quito or Guayaquil. As of January 11, it is no longer permissible to perform the isolation at a private residency or hotel. Travelers from the UK, Australia, South Africa and the EU will have to carry out obligatory self-isolation for 5 days. Non-residents of Ecuador will have to self-isolate in hotels determined by the local authorities, at their own expense. Residents can isolate in their home.

All other info

Normal passports issued by Ecuador which have expired on March 16, 2020 or later, are considered valid until February 28, 2021. Passengers must have a "Passport validity extension certificate" and travel with the expired passport.

If you must travel during this time and are allowed to based on current restrictions, please stay informed about updated travel safety tips.
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Cheapest Prices for Ecuador flights by month

The cheapest ticket to Ecuador found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January is currently the cheapest month to fly to Ecuador. At this moment in time July is the most expensive month. These prices are determined by multiple factors and booking in advance can help keep costs down if your schedule is not as flexible.

When is the best time to fly to Ecuador?

Average Guayaquil Jose Joaquin de Olmedo flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
$459 - $860
82.4 - 87.8 °F
2.56 - 10.12 inches
January is typically the best time to fly to Ecuador, but there are other times where great deals are available. January sees the temperatures in Ecuador peak to their warmest. February tends, on average, to see the most amount of rainfall.

When is the best time to book a flight to Ecuador?

Booking 52 days in advance of your planned departure date is, on average, the best time to get cheap flights to Ecuador. The general trend is that the closer you book to the departure date, the more expensive your flight will be.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Ecuador?

The cheapest flights to Ecuador are usually found when departing on a Sunday. The departure day with the highest cost at present is Saturday.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Ecuador?

Ecuador flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight at noon. Booking a flight in the evening will likely mean higher prices.

Best Time to Fly to Ecuador

Peak Season:

Peak season for visiting mainland Ecuador is June through September and December through January. However, even in the rainy season, conditions are good and travel is still enjoyable. Quito especially is a year-round destination, though be prepared for temperatures to become chilly due to its altitude during the dry season, June through September.

The Galapagos Islands remain relatively dry even in the wet season, so are a good year-round destination. Official peak season is June through August and again December through January; though this is based more on holiday seasons of travelers arriving from the United States and Europe.

Off Season:
December through April is the rainiest season in the jungle.

While it’s great to find cheap flights to Ecuador, it’s not advised to travel during the rainy season. The jungle is damp and uncomfortable, and Ecuador is best seen during the peak season when the temperature is warm and dry.

Why you should take a flight to Ecuador

After the flight to Ecuador, most visitors head straight to Quito, one of the oldest cities in both North and South America. Bring an extra suitcase on your Ecuador trip –one of the largest and most colorful open markets in South America is located in Quito, at the top of a volcano. Guayaquil is the country’s most populous city. Some travelers who made the trip to Guayaquil say it’s one of the more up-and-coming cities in South America. Hop off your long flight to Ecuador and take a walk along the river boardwalk, also known as the Malecon 2000, and enjoy the galleries, museums, and restaurants. For the adventurous traveler, hop on an Ecuador flight to the jungle and take in one of the most diverse tropical rainforests in the world.

If your Ecuador visit only allows enough time to see the Galapagos Islands, rest assured it’s an experience worth having. Like most tourists, it’s likely that after a visit to the islands additional trips to Ecuador are in the near future.

How long is the flight to Ecuador?

Ecuador is located in South America, Southeast of the United States. Flight times from the US to Ecuador depend on a number of factors. First of all, the city you are flying into makes a difference. There are two main airports in Ecuador: The Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in the capital city of Quito and José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) in Guayaquil. Flight times vary depending on what US city you are departing from, but the most common trip to Ecuador is from New York to Guayaquil. This flight takes 8h 04m. The average flight time from the United States to Ecuador is 10h 07m.

Which cities offer direct flights to Ecuador?

Direct flights to Ecuador help to drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to get there from the United States. Several major US cities offer direct flights with no stops. These cities include New York, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale. Direct flights departing these cities will arrive at one of two arrival points in Ecuador, at the two international airports. Nonstop flights will land in either Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito and José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil.

What is the best way to travel around Ecuador?

Once you’re in Ecuador, you’ll need to get around. There are multiple options for getting around the city. Once you land at one of the two main international airports, the cheapest option for travel is the bus system. Both airports are located in close proximity to the main bus terminal in each city. For a higher price, you can rent a car or take a taxi throughout the country. For those who are looking to go to the Galapagos Islands, you must first fly into Ecuador to either Quito or Guayaquil. From there, you can take a flight to San Cristobal Airport (SCY) on San Cristobal Island or Seymour Airport (GPS) on Baltra Island.

What are some things to do in Ecuador?

Ecuador has a lot of things to do for travelers of all ages from the United States. After Finding Ecuador flight deals and getting to the country, visitors will have many activities and attractions to choose from. One of the most popular destinations in Ecuador is Cotopaxi National Park. In order to get there, tourists must first fly into Quito. From Quito, a bus can be taken from the main bus terminal on the Terminal Terrestre route to the El Chasqui entrance of the park. Another popular attraction in the equator, referred to as Mitad del Mundo in Ecuador. Getting there is a quick bus or taxi ride from Quito.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly to Ecuador?

Travelers from the United States to Ecuador do not need to get a visa in order to enter the country. They will need to be able to show a valid United States passport. The passport must be in good standing for at least six months after the planned date of departure.

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What is the climate like in Ecuador?

Ecuador has many different little climates. At the coast you’ll deal with heat and humidity all year round. The rainy season lasts from December to May. When you’re in the mountains, you’ll get cooler the higher you get. In the Amazon, the weather is hot, humid and wet, but the Galapagos Islands are dry all year with an average temperature of 77 F.

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What is good to know if travelling to Ecuador?

  • Quito is the most visited town in Ecuador. Colonial Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-see spot for any tourist. Start at the Plaza de la Independencia and visit the cathedral and Presidential Palace. In modern Quito, take a walk down Avenida Amazonas for some shopping, people watching or a drink at one of the many cafés.
  • The Galapagos Islands are a major touristic draw for their wildlife. The marine iguana, native to the islands, is a large black iguana which can live in the sea. Charles Darwin wrote of it, “The black Lava rocks on the beach are frequented by large (2-3ft) most disgusting clumsy Lizards […] I call them the imps of darkness.” You may find the giant galapagos tortoises, after which the islands were named, more appealing. The Charles Darwin Research Center, in Puerto Ayora was founded for conservation of the islands natural habitat and is the best place to get up close and personal with the tortoises.
  • There is also excellent swimming and snorkeling on the islands. The sea life is relatively tame: swim with sea lions, turtles and penguins. The sea lions, and their pups if you visit at the right time of year, are especially fond of divers and will approach and play with them.
  • Guayaquil is the largest city in the country and it has the biggest population. The town has been through extensive renovation recently and, though not yet a major tourist spot, its natural beauty and fantastic views are starting to be recognized. For a view of the city, take a walk up the 444 steps at the end of Malecon 2000.
  • Ecuador has some culinary delights, and local dishes specific to almost every region. Favorites include lemon-marinated shrimp, corn pancakes and lechon – roasted suckling pig. However, it is for eating cuy, the humble guinea pig that the Ecuadorians are best known to us…

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How popular are flights to Ecuador this year?

This year has seen a 50% decrease in flight searches for Ecuador.

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