What Should I Do in Case of An Emergency in Ecuador?

In the case of an emergency, immediately contact the local police. You'll have to file a crime report known as a denuncia, and should plan to inform your embassy. Plan to get a receipt of the report, as it will help with insurance issues later on.

Emergency phone numbers vary depending on the region. In Quito and Ibarra, dial 911. In Cuenca, Loja, and Guayaquil, dial 112. Everywhere else, dial 101 for police, 102 for an ambulance or firefighters, and 131 for the Red Cross. Most operators only speak Spanish.

Larger cities have hospitals and clinics offering complete medical care, but smaller towns may have limited options. Prescription and non-prescription drugs can be purchased at a pharmacies (farmacias) throughout Ecuador.