How to Survive in Ecuador

Image               Farmer’s market in Quisapincha, photo credit: John Miller

Traveling to a foreign country is one of the most amazing of experiences, but it can also be very dangerous if the proper safety precautions are not taken. Here are some suggestions on how to make your trip a fun and successful one:

-Watch your surroundings and always travel in a group. Yes, there are dangerous people out there!

-Keep your belongings close at hand. The capital city, Quito, is well known for its pick pockets! 

-Stay clear of unfamiliar alley ways at night. If it’s dark and scary, don’t even think about it!

-Do not drink the tap water or use ice. Do not eat lettuce and any other foods that cannot be peeled or are not cooked. A sick traveler is a sad traveler!

-Call your bank to inform them that you might use your credit/debit card during your travels. They will block your card if you do not do this, trust me!

-Make sure you have taken all of the necessary vaccines and have knowledge of all the possible symptoms of sickness before you depart on your quest. 

-Bring plenty of deodorants, shampoo, bug spray, sun block, and the proper clothing for the weather conditions.

-Be polite. The golden rule, “treat others as you wish to be treated”, still applies in Ecuador!

-Know simple Spanish or be accompanied by a Spanish speaker: si (yes), hola (hello), adios (goodbye), bien (good), muy (very), mucho (large quantity), manana (tomorrow), mal (bad), banos (bathroom), banco (bank), agua (water), comida (food), carne (meat), pollo (chicken), gracias (thank you), como estas (how are you), como te llamas (what is your name), me llamo…(my name is…), donde esta… (where is…), cuanto cuesta (what is the cost), lo siento (sorry), perdon (short hand version excuse me), numbers 1-50 (in order): uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez, once, doce, trece, catorce, quince, dieciseis, diecisiete, dieciocho, diecinueve, veinte (20), treinta (30), cuarenta (40), cincuenta (50). 

-Have fun and make the most out of your experience! 

Questions:

What are some other safety precautions that you can think of when travelling to a foreign country?

How do you say “where is the bathroom” in Spanish?

How do you say 57 in Spanish?

 

 

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