Ecuador - United States dollar (USD)
The official currency of Ecuador, is the United States dollar (USD). Foreign cards are often only accepted in larger chain stores or in areas popular amongst tourists. The most affordable mean of payment is cash, as card transactions are often subject to surcharges. Exchange dollars prior to your trip and ask for smaller dollar notes, preferably notes under 20 USD. Larger notes might be difficult to use due to the lack of change. Counterfeits in larger notes are also feared.