While you can find most things you may need, there are some special items you should bring to Ecuador. Here is a list of some of the speciality items that can be hard to find or more expensive in Ecuador:

  • Specialty Spices – you’ll find all the common spices in Ecuador, but speciality spices like Chili Powder, Allspice, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Spice Blends, Fennel Seeds, Asian Spices, Indian Spices (Garam Masala, Cardamon, Curry), etc. are hard to find.
  • Kitchen Gear – it can be hard to find speciality kitchen gadgets and they are often more expensive. Pressure cookers, air fryers, toaster ovens, blenders, coffee makers, etc. are all available in Ecuador, but the selection is smaller and the price is higher.
  • Electronics – you’ll find a smaller selection at a higher price for everything from phones to TVs.
  • Supplements – you can find standard supplements like Vitamin C and D, as well as multivitamins and B complexes, but the selection is smaller and less common supplements are very hard to find.
  • Medications – you will find most medications in Ecuador, plus a few that aren’t available in the US, and they’re much cheaper here, but you should bring an extra supply to cover you while you find a doctor and get the prescriptions filled.
  • Nutritional Yeast – you can find it here in speciality organic shops, but it’s very expensive. A small bag is often $10 to $20.
  • Large Clothes & Shoes – if you’re big and tall or have large feet, bring extra clothes and shoes. Ecuadorians are small people so it can be hard to find large clothing.
  • Raincoat – umbrellas are easy to find, but raincoats are not, which is surprising since it rains a lot in Ecuador.
  • Small Bills – a $100 bill is as good as being broke since most places won’t be able to break it so bring small bills. $1, $5 and $10 bills are very useful.

If you bring supplements or medications, leave them in the original packaging. We know a woman who dumped all her supplements into a large ziplock bag only to find that airport security had sliced it open so the drug sniffing dogs could smell it, leaving a suitcase full of pills.

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