Ecuador maps can
be hard to find. Ecuador is a developing country,
new roads are being built, new villages or neighbourhoods are being
developed, landslides and floods sometimes destroy roads and so maps
may not always be up to date. If you are going to be
driving in Ecuador, ask your car rental agent for a road map and
also ask for directions to any specific destinations you have in mind -
they may be able to draw you a sketch map with key landmarks.
map showing location
of Calderon and Guayllabamba (Quito Zoo):
tourist map of Ecuador
or the local area may be on offer at your hotel.
Tourist information offices and travel agents often offer you
a Quito city map or map of Guayaquil. Ecuador guide books are
another source of maps, especially if they are a recent edition.
Outdoor shops may have specialist maps for mountaineering
of Ecuador, the best
place is the IGM, Instituto Geográfico Militar, which has
of most of the country, though the 1:25,000 range is still missing a
few areas and some of the maps were produced many years ago now.
Staff are knowledgeable and helpful. The IGM is the
building at Seniergues y Paz y Miño, above the Parque El
Arbolito in Quito. A taxi up there from the Casa de la
shouldn't cost more than a dollar. You will need to leave
passport or ID card with security in order to get in. Note
than some areas are deemed sensitive for military or political reasons,
so you may not be able to obtain maps of e.g. border areas or military
an IGM Ecuador map
can see that
this small country has winding roads and mountainous terrain.
travel in Ecuador is
together on the map may be connected only by an unpaved track or you
may have to make a long detour around a steep mountain valley.
is a developing country and is changing rapidly, and maps cannot always
keep up. Quito's airport was moved to a completely new
location, way outside the city, within the last few years, and new
roads were constructed to serve it. So, to avoid total
confusion, be sure to search for up to date Ecuador maps!
Maps of the country of Ecuador and its capital, Quito.
city map, location of Calderon, location of Quito Zoo at Guayllabamba.