Although tourism infrastructure is still in tact and performing under normal operations, the 7.8 magnitude earthquake has killed hundreds of people and injured thousands. The damage is vast. Travel to Ecuador is encourages as tourism is one of the main economic drivers, generating much needed jobs and currency, especially critical in this time of need.
There are other ways to help with relief efforts by donating to Ecuadorian Red Cross or UNDP. A donation to these organizations will help with the immediate basic needs of those impacted by this devastating earthquake.
Based on feedback concerning relief efforts after last year’s earthquake in Nepal, items such as water purifiers and access to solar electricity are critical for survivors impacted by the devastation caused by the earthquake. Donations to provide portable solar energy kits for those in need can be made here.