The US Dollar (USD) is the official currency in Ecuador. In 2000 the sucre was replaced by the dollar as the legal currency, but despite dollarization, the sucre will likely persist in rural areas for a while longer. It is recommended that travellers bring both US dollar notes and travellers cheques as other foreign currencies are difficult to exchange outside of Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. Small denominations in good condition are the easiest to exchange outside of the main cities. In the main centres most currencies can be exchanged at banks and exchange houses (casas de cambio) at variable commission rates. ATMs are available in the cities, and major credit cards are accepted in tourist areas and large hotels although a commission of 6-8% is often charged.
Currency Exchange Rates
|Ecuador||US$ 1||US$ 5||US$ 10||US$ 100||US$ 1,000|
|Australia||A$ 0.97||A$ 4.86||A$ 9.71||A$ 97.10||A$ 971.00|
|Canada||C$ 1.02||C$ 5.11||C$ 10.21||C$ 102.13||C$ 1,021.30|
|Ireland||€ 0.79||€ 3.95||€ 7.90||€ 79.01||€ 790.10|
|New Zealand||NZ$ 1.26||NZ$ 6.30||NZ$ 12.61||NZ$ 126.05||NZ$ 1,260.50|
|South Africa||R 8.46||R 42.29||R 84.57||R 845.70||R 8,457.00|
|United Kingdom||£ 0.65||£ 3.27||£ 6.53||£ 65.33||£ 653.30|
|United States of America||US$ 1.00||US$ 5.00||US$ 10.00||US$ 100.00||US$ 1,000.00|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.
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