Plan your field trip
Basic useful information for Ecuador:
The US Dollar is the official currency of Ecuador. With the exception of Euros, it is quite difficult to exchange foreign currencies within the country. Visa, MasterCard and Diners Club are the most widely accepted credit cards.
The Quito Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre) is about 38km east of the city center and 28km east of Cumbayá, which is were USFQ and TBS offices are located. Taxis charge roughly $25 to town and $18 to Cumbayá, depending upon exact location.
Ecuador's immigration authorities automatically grant a 90-day tourist permit to most nationalities. For more information about visa and immigration requirements, we recommend you to visit the official government site here.
For Covid19 recommendations and policies upon country entrance, please visit the Quito Airport Website here and check with your airline for the latest protocols.
Tiputini Biodiversity Station Entrance Requirements:
Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (at least 15 days before entrance).
COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (full dosis). Or, a negative result PCR test for COVID-19 (72 hours and a health certificate 72 hours before entrance.
Copy of passport
Travel insurance including remote locations
Additional forms will be required once reservations have been confirmed.
How to get there?
Begin by traveling from Quito to Coca (Puerto Francisco de Orellana) either by air (40- minute flight) or by land (6 hours by car or 8 to 9 hours by bus).
Passengers who are flying from Quito to Coca have a checked baggage weight limit of 20 kilos (44 lbs.).
Upon arrival in Coca, our staff will meet you for transfer to a motorized boat for a trip (1.5 h) downstream on the Napo River to the village of Pompeya and the entrance to the Repsol-YPF oil operation in Block 16.
Subsequently, there is another short trip (2 h) by land to reach the Tiputini River (ECY).
Passengers, gear and supplies are then transferred to our boat and travel continues (2 h) downstream along a beautiful river bordered by pristine rainforest where abundant wildlife is easily visible.
Note: TBS prices include transportation Coca - TBS - Coca.
What to bring?
I.D. (preferably a copy of your passport)
Yellow fever vaccination record
Rain gear (have it at hand during boat trips)
Sweater or jacket (have it at hand during boat trips)
Two pairs of long pants, fast drying (preferably not jeans)
Pair of shorts
Extra towel (if you expect to swim a lot)
Rubber boots for hikes (can be loaned by TBS or bought in Quito)
Sandals or other shoes for use in camp
Sun glasses, sun screen and a hat
Camera (spare batteries and all the film or memory you expect to use)
Flashlight or headlamp (with extra or rechargeable batteries)
Reusable water bottle
Cigarette lighter (even if you don't smoke, it could be handy)
Small day pack or book bag
Anti-malarial medication (prior Medical recommendation)
Toiletries or pharmaceutical supplies that you need or might need periodically
Anti-fungal or baby powder
Toilet paper (just enough for traveling)
Plastic bags or zip-locs (life savers for cameras in a downpour)
Snacks for yourself