Update: Thursday, October 17th, 10:12 AM EST
Yesterday, one of our Ecuadorian representatives reached out and notified us that the strike has ended as "the government reached a satisfactory agreement with the involved parties."
Tourism activities are fully operational, as well as transportation, hospitality, banking, government agencies, and educational institutions.
The Ministry of Tourism stated in a press release that "the Ministry of Tourism is continuing to provide extensive support to all tourists, both national and foreign, and will continue working closely with tour operators, hotels and the private sector, in order to ensure travelers receive the latest news and guidance."
What is happening?
There is currently a transportation strike in Ecuador. The strikers are requesting that the government not remove the subsidies from gasoline and diesel, while the government and large majority of the people are in favor of removal.
The strikers have closed down several roads in Quito, and police and military are attempting to clear the roads in a peaceful manner. They have issued a state of emergency, and while that sounds frightening, it is just in place to ensure the safety of inhabitants and tourists in Ecuador.
How will this affect travel?
While traffic may be heavier in certain areas of Quito, tours and travel plans should continue as planned. This is a non-violent protest, so at the moment, it is still very safe to travel in Ecuador. If a tour goes directly through a protest zone, then alternative plans will be made. The strike is not expected to last more than a few days.
We will update this page as the situation progresses.