Ecuador - budget reflection

We only had 2 weeks available as we planned to be somewhere specific for my (Lu) birthday, so we took Ecuador more like a pit stop or just a country on the road to Colombia. We will definitely consider coming back in the future to explore Ecuador in more detail.

Our Ecuador stay was focused on seeing friends that we met in Zambia and dealing with Tan’s health. This meant not much exploring as we had to schedule appointments with Tan’s doctor to get rid of Salmonella. Due to that and to take in the joy of seeing friends we ate in more established eateries. Also we lived the high life, thanks to the courtesy of our friends loaning their accommodation. And although I had bit of difficulties with the thought of someone spoiling us we took the opportunity and are extremely grateful for it. Living in a penthouse in Quito and enjoying it the way our friends do was fun. I am not going to lie about it; it was awesome and great considering Tan’s health situation.

We spent 10 days in Ecuador staying in an AirBnB accommodation and as mentioned in a penthouse. The second was a courtesy of our friends. The places we stayed were Guayaquil and Quito; in the first we mostly cooked ourselves in the second we had a mixture of home cooked meals and restaurants. Most of our time was spent on two activities; friends and doctors, so we only really experienced chocolate truffle making and the equator line. We were happy with the amount of things we did and saw. Of course we would prefer exploring it in more detail, but when there is a time constraint there is only so much you can do.

Our estimated budget for Ecuador was 9.00 GBP per person per day, which we were not able to meet. This excludes doctor bills and medication. Living high life and spending approx. 31 GBP per day between us, is a success by our standards.


Sum per person INCLUDING doctor bills and medication (no visa required)

Estimated total cost: 90.00 GBP

Actual cost:  198.15 GBP

Off budget: - 108.15 GBP

COST PER DAY (per person)

Estimated per day: 9.00 GBP BUDGET

Actual cost: 15.69 GBP ( EXCLUDING doctor bills and medication) MIXED BUDGET

Excluded activities from cost (Total)

Doctor bills & Medication: 82.56 GBP

The route (googlemymaps)

The route (googlemymaps)