Your Raw Rainforest Photo Tour itinerary covers most of your needs, so you won’t need to carry large sums of cash, but you should carry change and small bills with you.
You should always carry a little cash for bottled water, snacks, small souvenirs and tips. Very often, small stores and taxi drivers will not have change, so be prepared to pay the exact amount. Counterfeit bills have been an issue, so merchants may not accept bills of $50 or $100. Tour participants will receive pre-trip information which includes a pricelist of souvenirs (shirts, caps, videos and crafts are the most popular) available at the Bellavista and Añangu lodges.
Five major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club International) are accepted at Hotel Sebastian in Quito, fine gift shops generally, and at the Bellavista and Añangu lodges. Traveler’s cheques are also accepted at the lodges. However, credit cards can be problematic in Ecuador. Salespeople may be unfamiliar with their use, so be prepared for delays when making purchases away from your lodging.