I'm travelling to Ecuador and Peru in February and since my Canadian money is weak I am wondering if instead of exchanging my money into USD I could bring rolls of Canadian quarters instead. Would store owners, bus drivers and taxi drivers accept this instead of American dollar bills?
I was just in Ecuador in August. You need american currency. Everything is pretty cheap though so even after CAD to USD it won't be that bad. I went for two weeks, traveled around the whole country(not Galapagos) for about $1000 Canadian. Granted the dollar was stronger a few months back.