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 Low Down on the Ecuador Currency
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greenback, buck, dough, green
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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
3 course meal for 2
Local bottle of beer
Local bus ticket
Entry into Galápagos National Park
Half a dozen eggs
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