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How to Call Ecuador: Locally and From Abroad

Posted in: Ecuador Travel, Living in Ecuador

While it isn’t hard to call Ecuador, it is probably different than you’re used to. In this post, you’ll learn how to make a local call in Ecuador. And how to call Ecuador from another country.

The phone system is very simple in Ecuador. Just follow these simple directions, and you’ll have no problems when calling from within the country.

How to Make a Local Ecuador Phone Call

Calling an Ecuador cell number? Make sure that there is a “9” after the first zero and it will work.

How To Make a Phone Call From Within Ecuador1. Ignore the country code of 593

2. Dial the one-digit area code. Each region has a different code. A “0” must be dialed before the one digit area code:

  • Ambato: 3
  • Cayambe: 2
  • Cuenca: 7
  • Esmeraldas: 6
  • Guayaquil: 4
  • Ibarra: 6
  • Loja: 7
  • Machachi: 2
  • Machala: 7
  • Manta: 5
  • Portoviejo: 5
  • Quevedo: 5
  • Quito: 2
  • Salinas: 4
  • Santo Domingo: 2
  • Tulcan: 6

3. Then dial the seven digit number (XXXX-XXX). That’s it – you are connected.

For example: to call a landline in Cuenca, you would dial 07-XXXX-XXX. Many businesses (and their ads) take the area code for granted and don’t include it in print – you will need this code even to dial numbers in your own city.

Cell phones have a 08 or 09 area code, for the country, followed by a seven digit number.

How to Call Ecuador From Abroad

How to Call Ecuador From AbroadMaking an international call to Ecuador is very simple. The phone system within the country is reliable, including the cellular system.

But sometimes there are connection problems when calling or sending faxes when calling from another country. Patience is required.

Just follow these simple directions, and you’ll have no problems when calling Ecuador from another country.

1. Dial the international access code for your country. 011 from USA and Canada, 0011 from Australia and 00 from New Zealand, the U.K. and Ireland. If you aren’t sure, check with your phone provider.

2. Dial the country code of 593

3. Dial the one-digit area code. Each region has a different code:

  • Ambato: 3
  • Cayambe: 2
  • Cuenca: 7
  • Esmeraldas: 6
  • Guayaquil: 4
  • Ibarra: 6
  • Loja: 7
  • Machachi: 2
  • Machala: 7
  • Manta: 5
  • Portoviejo: 5
  • Quevedo: 5
  • Quito: 2
  • Salinas: 4
  • Santo Domingo: 2
  • Tulcan: 6

4. Then dial the seven digit local number (XXXX-XXX). That’s it – you are connected.

What about Skype?

Other options for calling include VOIP providers (like Skype) which can connect you for a fraction of the price of a landline.

Both Skype and a land-line provide less than desirable connections – they are muffled and delayed at best. Because of costs and call quality many chose email over phone calls.

Meet the Author

Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

14 comments… add one
  • robert tucker Apr 13, 2016, 1:38 am

    ive trying to contact this lady in Ecuador with my Verizon wireless cell phone but I keep getting a busi signal. she gave me a 8 digit number. please help

  • Joyce Uzcategui Oct 11, 2013, 11:28 am

    Is it best to buy an unlocked phone with a sim card in Ecuador in the US? I am only concerned about calling within Ecuador since I will use Skype to call the US. Do you have a recommendation as to what phone to buy-something fairly inexpensive?

    • Bryan Haines Oct 14, 2013, 8:13 am

      There are tight rules on bringing cell phones from outside of Ecuador. If you need a smartphone, you should probably bring it. If you need a simple one, you can buy it here – and be confident that it will work with the network. Sim cards are easy to find and buy here. A basic Nokia or Samsung phone will cost between $50-80.

  • Michael Frank Jun 10, 2013, 9:14 am

    We have really enjoyed your website and blog. We are coming to Cuenca on July 4th for a month stay. My question is about using a locally purchased cell phone to call the U. S.; Do you have any information about this? Will a locally purchased phone enable me o call my family in Virginia? Any information you can rovide on this will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    • Bryan Haines Jun 10, 2013, 11:05 am

      I’ve never called out of Ecuador from a cell phone. I’ve received calls a few times and it works well. I would recommend using skype to call abroad. It will be less expensive and probably more stable. Before we moved to Ecuador I called to a land-line and the quality was awful.

  • Kim Maksymuik Jan 30, 2013, 2:40 pm

    Hi Bryan,

    After hours of frustration, I used your advice on calling within Ecuador and it worked! I should have just checked here first! Thanks so much, Kim.

  • Wally Mountz Jul 25, 2011, 3:26 pm

    I can’t seem to make this work. I followed your instructions but it won’t let me finish dialing the number. Maybe it has something to do with me calling from Cuenca to Guayaquil.

    • Bryan Haines Jul 25, 2011, 3:50 pm

      Hi Wally – not sure what the problem is. The base number should have seven digits. Then you will add two digits in front of them. If you are calling Guayaquil you will add 04. Then enter your seven digits. It shouldn’t matter from where you are calling. Its a national system. If your cell doesn’t have saldo or your land-line isn’t configured properly, this would prevent the call from working.

      Bryan

  • Lisa Sep 1, 2010, 9:50 pm

    Hi Guys, I liked your old site. This is the first time viewing this one. So no opinion yet. 🙂 It seems to be more of an information blog for potential visitors. ttyl.

    • Bryan M. Haines Sep 6, 2010, 3:21 pm

      Hi Lisa, thanks for the feedback. The site is still being tweaked. Watch next week for a fully functional GringosAbroad.com Would love your feedback on the finalized site.

      All best!

      Bryan

  • Panchito Jun 22, 2010, 4:33 pm

    Manta: 5, you got that one wrong… still nice post…

    • Bryan Haines Jun 22, 2010, 4:55 pm

      Thanks – appreciate the correction. I've adjusted the post. It seems that Manta used to use #4 and now its #5. References online note both. Is Manta your home?

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