TerraDiversa provides tours and travel packages in Ecuador, Galapagos, Peru and abroad. To help you plan your perfect trip we’ve created a selection of travel guides and travel tips to our top destinations around the world.
Our travel guides provide an overview to our destinations. In them we give practical advice on when to go, how to get there, how to get around, travel essentials such as entry requirements, recommended vaccines, electricity and time zones, as well as basic facts that will help you understand your destination.
Get your documents in order
Wherever you’re planning to travel, you’ll need a passport. Whether this is your first time traveling or your passport has expired, getting a passport usually takes several weeks though the time scale depends on your nationality and location. Students, under-26s and teachers should consider getting specialized ID-cards for discounts.
If you’re planning to rent a car you’ll also need a valid driving license and sometimes an international driving license. You may also need vaccination certificates to prove you’ve been vaccines for certain illnesses for entry into certain countries.
Determine your travel budget
It’s always a good idea to sit down and determine your budget for traveling as soon as possible. This will help you decide which destinations are a possibility and when to go, as off-season travel is always more economic than traveling during high season.
A well though out budget will also serve as a guide when you start researching accommodation and transportation. Deciding your travel budget early on will help you avoid the disappointment that comes from planning the perfect trip and finding out that you can’t afford it.
Pick and research your destination
Before setting off on an adventure, it’s important to do a little research. Travel guides, blogs, books, films and travel websites are a good place to start, but make sure you are reading reputable sources. Think of your budget and interests. Try to combine them with travel experiences available.
We always suggest that our clients chose a particular location or activity they feel they must visit or do when traveling to a particular country and plan around it. Take into account the weather, local festivals and public holidays and high season dates. When you’ve got a clear idea of what you’d like to do, contact us with any questions.
Create a rough itinerary
Unless you are lucky enough to be traveling without a schedule and are thinking of taking it easy and following your instincts, you should use your research to try to plan a day-by-day itinerary of your trip.
Think of the sites or locations you most want to visit, as well as the kind of transportation that fits your travel tastes, budget and timeline. Don’t try to pack too much into each day and leave room to be flexible as travel can be unpredictable. If you need any help or would like us to create a customized itinerary for you, contact us!
Book your flight
One of the most expensive parts of most trips is the airfare. You can book online yourself or get a travel agent to help you find the best deals and flight combinations. If you’re a big shopper take into account the number of suitcases permitted by different airlines to save money on possible overweight.
Book your accommodation
With your flight dates and itinerary in hand, you can start thinking of where you’ll be staying during your trip. If you do your research or speak to a local travel specialist you can find unique hotels or rentals that can mean the difference between a good and a fantastic holiday.
Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, lodges, rental apartments or even house swapping. There are endless options of places to stay. Most places offer good discounts if you book early. Make sure you check out their ratings on websites like TripAdvisor to avoid disappointment.
Book tours and activities
If you’re on a tight schedule it’s a good idea to contact tour operators to find out more about activities of interest and book your place. Ask them the best dates and about any particular equipment you’ll need to bring with you or hire. Always ensure you are working with professional and certified guides. If you need any help, contact us!
We always recommend travelers purchase a suitable travel insurance policy when traveling abroad. As always, do your research to find out if your chosen destination requires particular inclusions. When traveling to the Galapagos for example, you should ensure your policy includes evacuation by air ambulance.
Health & safety
Before travel find out about any vaccine requirements or health recommendations. Take into account the altitude, the need for insect repellents or sun screen, and that in some countries you should be more careful with the water and food. Find out if there are any areas to be avoided to ensure you enjoy a crime-free travel experience and consider purchasing a money belt or similar.
Find out the official currency used at your destination, whether you should take a credit card or travelers cheques, and if there is ATM availability. Contact your bank and credit card company to ask about fees for using your credit or ATM card oversees and to let them know you’ll be using your card outside the country.
Find out the type of outlets used at your destination and take an adapter with you if necessary. In some cases it may need to include a transformer or converter if you are traveling to areas with different electricity supplies.
Phone & Internet
Contact your mobile phone provider to find our if you’ll be able to make calls overseas or if they offer an international plan or cell phone. If you use your phone a lot, you might want to consider unlocking your phone to buy a local sim card to decrease costs. Keep a note of the number of a local consulate or embassy in case of any emergency.