Ecuador is considered one of the safer countries in the Andean Region

That being said, it is always a good idea to be cautious during your visit. Here are a few tips to keep you safe :

  • Keep an eye on your carry-ons, shoulder bags, and purses. Hold items in front of you when in crowded places. Pickpockets see backpacks as easy targets.

  • Carry travelers checks and credit cards instead of large sums of cash.

  • When you feel unsafe grab a taxi or go find a place with many people.

  • Be wary of people who are too friendly too quickly.

  • Don't wear expensive jewelry, wristwatches, or other valuable items, keep them inside your bag or out of sight.

Health Advice

Ecuador is considered a tropical area because of its equatorial location.  However its climate is very diverse. The highlands, which run north to south, extend throughout the entire country.  Riobamba sits on the geographical center of the Andean corridor.  It lies at an altitude surpassing 2,800 meters above sea level. Its ambient temperature is usually cool to cold, therefore mosquitoes are seldom if ever found in Riobamba .  When traveling to the East or West one will find hot and humid climates.  In these areas, one must exercise caution and use appropriate clothing, repellants, and if indicated by their family physician, malarial prophylaxis. Cachamsi recommends the following steps: 

1. Consult your family physician at least six weeks before your departure date.  If you take prescription medications, make sure you have an adequate supply of medicines for your stay.  

2. Malaria, yellow fever, and other tropical diseases are rarely found in the highlands of Ecuador .  If you are traveling to the jungle or even the coastal regions, consider a yellow fever vaccine and/or malaria treatment.  The yellow fever vaccine is good for five years.  Malaria prophylaxis is usually started a few days before you enter the affected region.  For more information, it is important for you to talk with your family physician, and consult the CDC website ( ). 

3.  In some areas of the country the water is not completely safe. Cachamsi advises all participants to take precautions and to drink bottled water especially if you have a fragile stomach. Some students choose to bring chlorine tablets for the water or even filter bottles, although safe bottled water is regularly available.

4.  If you have plans to travel to the low lands, wear insect repellant and sunblock at all times.  

5. It is highly recommended that you do not eat from street vendors.  Much of the time the food is prepared in unsanitary conditions. 

Travel Insurance

The Cacha Medical Spanish Institute does not provide any kind of insurance.  Specifically it does NOT provide insurance for emergency evacuation expenses, travelling accidents, acquired illnesses, loss of limbs, organs, or any other body part, expenses for diagnostic and therapeutic treatments of any medical or surgical or psychiatric condition in any way, shape, or form related to the rotation spent in Riobamba.  We require all participants to buy their own accident, travel, and air evacuation insurance

Travel Advisory Updates

Exercise normal precautions in Ecuador. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory: