QUITO – ECUADOR
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, has been declared by UNESCO as the first “Cultural Heritage of Humanity” city in the world. Surrounded by large volcanoes which form the Andes, it is shaped by colonial streets and houses, and is a city where people try to preserve their colorful traditions.
Location : Andean highlands at 2,800 meters above sea level
Population : 2.2 million people
Elevation : 2,850 m /9,350 feet
Temperature : 50 to 77 Fahrenheit
Province : Pichincha
Currency : American dollar
Language : Spanish
TIPS FOR YOUR STAY IN QUITO
Ecuador general information
Banks, currency exchange and credit cards
The American dollar is the official currency in Ecuador
Bank hours are generally 9 am-4pm from Monday to Friday
Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted cards in Ecuador
American Express is not widely accepted
Electricity is 110-120 volts (same as US / Canada). Depending on your country, you may need an adapter.
Wear warm and layered clothing such as pants and light shirts, as Quito is located in the Highlands and the climate varies during the day from cold to extremely hot.
Wear comfortable, closed shoes that are well-suited for walking.
Remember to use sunblock, a cap or a hat to protect yourself from the sun, and always have a bottle of water to prevent dehydration.
Avoid direct exposure to sunlight for prolonged periods.
Remember not to make too much physical effort since Quito is at 2,850 m / 9,350 feet. Drinking plenty of water will help you acclimatize more quickly.
Policía Nacional: 101
Cuerpo de Bomberos: 102
Cruz Roja: 131
Personal Security Tips
(Suggested by the U.S. Embassy and Consulate)
If possible, do not walk alone at night. Walk in groups when this is possible – there is always more security when there are several people.
Let a family member or friends know your destination and your estimated time of arrival or return. In this way, if there is a problem, the authorities can be notified as soon as possible.
Stay in places that have good lighting as much as possible, avoid alleys, vacant lots, forests, and other shortcuts or isolated areas, these usually have no lighting or are desolate.
Always walk on the sidewalk, as possible. Walk near the edge, avoiding doors, shrubs, and other places where someone can hide.
If you have to walk on the street, walk against the traffic. A person walking in the same direction of traffic can be followed, forced to enter a vehicle, and abducted more easily than a person walking in the opposite direction of traffic flow.
Walk at a steady pace. Do not stop to talk to strangers.
Wear clothing and shoes that give you freedom of movement. Do not put an additional burden carrying many packages or items.
Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are using headphones, try not to set the volume too high that prevents you from hearing outside sounds.
Never ask for a lift or accept a stranger to take it.
Avoid carrying large sums of money, or displaying expensive jewelry in public.
In a taxi
Whenever possible, call a radio taxi instead of looking for a taxi on the street.
If you have to look for a taxi on the street, take note of the license plate number and observe the driver well before entering the taxi.
Never enter a taxi that offers the promise of taking you to clubs, bars, or any other unknown place if you did not ask to go there.
Send a text to a family member or friend with the taxi mark, model and license plate number before entering the taxi.
Public buildings, including restaurants and bars are smoke-free.