From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office –


Presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on Sunday 19 February 2017.

Street demonstrations, protests and strikes are common. Although most are peaceful, they can turn violent. You should monitor local media and avoid all large gatherings.

Rainy Seasons

Rainy season is usually from December to May. The irregular ‘El Niño’ climatic phenomenon can cause heavy rains, widespread flooding and a hotter climate across Ecuador. Other ‘El Niño’ impacts include the risk of landslides in various regions, including the central Andes. The local authorities are enhancing their contingency plans for potential effects from November 2015 to mid 2016. The ‘Ecuador Seguro’ free iPhone application includes information on ‘El Niño’ (in Spanish).

Various provinces (Manabi, Guayas, Santa Elena, El Oro, Azuay, Pichincha and Amazon region) have experienced heavy rains in January and February 2017. Flooding, landslides and rivers bursting their banks have been reported.

In March and April 2016, heavy rains caused landslides, avalanches, rivers bursting their banks and road disruption. 19 provinces in the coast-Andean region and the Galapagos islands were under an alert. There was widespread disruption to road travel in a number of provinces throughout the country.

In March 2015, Las Palmas and Alluriquin areas, between Aloag and Santo Domingo main motorway, were declared on orange alert due to the potential risk of further landslides. The alert remains in place given the possible disruption to road connections between these areas and the Pichincha province.

Take extra care when travelling by road, especially in the provinces under an orange alert and monitor local media for potential disruption. You should avoid crossing rivers due to potential strong currents and take care in affected areas. In the coastal region you should seek local advice on tidal activity and take relevant precautions.

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