Is Ecuador Safe for Women Traveling Alone?

As in any country, women should exercise caution traveling alone in Ecuador. It’s best to join a tour group if you’re visiting an isolated area. Avoid traveling alone at night. After dark, you should strongly consider taking a cab instead of walking.

Ecuador has a pervasive culture of hyper-masculine machismo. Women traveling alone will probably have to deal with some form of harassment, usually catcalls. Most of the time women can effectively deal with this problem by ignoring it.