Passport & Entry
Your Visit to Ecuador
Gaia Sagrada Eco-Community & Retreat Center is closest to the city of Cuenca, Ecuador. Cuenca is the cultural center of the three main cities of Ecuador. Several colleges and universities are in Cuenca, artisans come from all over to sell their wares in Cuenca, and the energy of this particular city is very peaceful.
For information about Ecuador visit: US Embassy in Ecuador
You only need your passport. You are also required to have a round trip plane ticket, or at least one that continues on to another country outside of Ecuador. Check with your Ecuador Consulate to be sure no visa is necessary.
NO Shots or Vaccinations Required
NO shots or vaccinations are required for entering Ecuador. None whatsoever! If you plan on taking trips into the jungle after your stay at Gaia Sagrada, it is recommended you bring malaria pills, get a shot for yellow fever and dengue fever, which are vaccinations you can get here in Ecuador, but if you are not a person who takes vaccinations, don’t worry. It is not required for entry into the country.
We encourage you to travel around in Ecuador for a little while. There is a lot to see here. There are all kinds of climates, beautiful people, and many magical experiences to be had.
If you wish to stay longer than 3 months, you can get an extension visa for $200-250 plus $150 for a person who will help you. If you don’t speak Spanish, you will need the help. The visas are available here in Ecuador if you decide to stay longer than 3 months, or you can get a visa extension from the Ecuadorian Consulate in your country before you leave your country.
If you want a 6 month extension for a total of 9 months’ stay in Ecuador, you must present a checking account balance of $2500. Sometimes they are a little picky and want to see more in your bank account.
The reason you must present your bank balance for visa extensions is because Ecuador wants to make sure you can take care of yourself while you are here and that you can leave when it’s time to go. This must be presented at the time of application for a visa.