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The Low Down on the Ecuador Currency

Currency:

US Dollar

Central Bank:

Federal Reserve Bank

Currency symbol:

$ (dollar)

Currency sub unit:

¢ (cent)

Nicknames:

greenback, buck, dough, green

Bank notes:

$1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100

Coins:

1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1


The official currency of Ecuador is the US dollar. While US dollar bills are used in Ecuador, the country issues its own centavo coins.


US dollars have been used in Ecuador since 2000 and replaced the former currency, the Ecuadorian sucre. When introduced the dollar was equal to around 25,000 sucres.



The move from sucres to dollars was spurred on by the economic crisis in Ecuador in 1999 which caused the sucre to collapse so badly that citizens began changing their holdings over to US dollars, unofficially dollarising the country’s economy.



The most commonly used bills for US dollars in Ecuador are the 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 notes.

What to spend your US dollars on

  • Dinner set

    3 course meal for 2

    25 USD *

  • Bottle of beer

    Local bottle of beer

    5.50 USD *

  • Bus

    Local bus ticket

    0.25 USD *

  • Scenery

    Entry into Galápagos National Park

    19 USD *

  • 6 eggs

    Half a dozen eggs

    0.9 USD *

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Must-sees in Ecuador

New York
  • The Galápagos Islands
  • Named after the giant tortoises that grace their lands, the Galápagos Islands are a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most active volcanic regions in the world. Stunning wildlife, untouched natural beauty and an opportunity to learn about their important conservation wait within these wild lands.
New Orleans
  • The Hot Springs of Baños
  • The stunning town of Baños de Agua Santa sits nestled at the basin of the Amazon surrounded by jungle and forest. Offering stunning waterfalls and neighbouring hot springs, it’ll excite the adventurer within as you traverse swing bridges over deep pools, hike through the jungle and white water raft down winding rivers.
Miami
  • Quito
  • Ecuador’s stunning historic capital sits high in the Andes and is filled with majestic colonial architecture from centuries gone by. The largest historic centre in South America, Quito boasts charming city squares, stunning churches, top museums and a strong local art and craft scene; making it a favourite for artisans.

Buying US dollars online is easy

Order American dollars online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy US Dollars Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • You can pay online using either BPAY, Visa or MasterCard®

FAQ Relating to Ecuador Currency

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  • When did Ecuador start using US dollars?

    US dollars have been used in Ecuador since 2000 and were adopted officially by the government when the Ecuadorian sucre collapsed.

  • What coins are used in Ecuador?

    Although all US currency is used and accepted in Ecuador, the Ecuadorian Government issues their own coins called centavos. A centavo is equal to that of a cent.

  • Is cash or card preferred in Ecuador?

    As with most countries, cards are widely-used and accepted in major Ecuadorian cities, however cash is recommended for rural areas.

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**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

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