After a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on Saturday killed at least 270 people and left thousands injured, Ecuador’s Tourism Ministry reported Monday that much of the country’s travel and tourism infrastructure remains intact.

The port city of Guayaquil has reported damage to roads, bridges and other infrastructure. However, the airport and hotels remain open, according to the ministry.

The airport in Quito, Mariscal Sucre International Airport, is open, with flights operating normally into and out of the airport. The country’s other airports may be experiencing some flight suspensions or delays, so tourists are asked to contact their airline for information.

The earthquake affected six dwellings in Quito, stated mayor Mauricio Rodas Espinel. Potential damage to Quito’s Historical District Center is still being evaluated. Espinel ordered that all public events and venues be suspended for the next 72 hours as a precautionary measure. Some museums and tourist sites in the historical district are not currently open.

The earthquake’s epicenter was near Pedernales in the western coastal state of Manabi. The most extensive damage was in the cities of Manta, Pedernales, Bahia de Caraquez and Portoviejo, where several buildings and hotels collapsed. Roads leading to these cities are currently closed, as is the Manta airport.

The Amazon region as well the Galapagos Islands, located 847 miles off the mainland, were not impacted by the earthquake.


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