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City Guide Quito, Ecuador

Visiting Quito

Quito, capital of Ecuador has much to offer visitors. The city is located close to the Andes at an altitude of 2850 metres, and is also at the foot of an active volcano. Just 13 kilometres south of the equator, it also enjoys a spring-like climate all year round due to its altitude.

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Quito City Reviews

  • 60%

    RoyvanRhee

    Quito

    Cold weather because of the alltitude. Some historical buildings to see, not much to do for the rest.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Quito: Not so scary after all

    Treat this as any big city, use common sense and don't get wasted and stumble around in the dark in public and you'll be fine. My boyfriend and I went prepared for the worst and this is a lovely city with a lot to offer (Not cheap though). Though I'm sure crime happens and I truly sympathize with the victims, I feel this city has gotten an undeserved bad rap for the kind of bad apples you can find in any city in the world.

    Insider Tip:Centro Historico is great for sight seeing and the Teleferico is a must do! There are police everywhere and all legitimate taxis have security cameras and meters. There are certain areas of the city that aren't safe to walk around as a gringo (like anywhere), but they are fairly obvious. We did La Ronda, Centro Historico, Teleferico, New Town...no problems. Troll bus is rife with pickpockets so again, use common sense. It's worth a $5 cab ride not to have a ninja lift your iPhone or GoPro.

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Quito

    Quito is a wonderful city in its own right. Not the cleanest place, but beautifully set in the mountains. Very affordable. People are nice as well. The only downside is most of the really cool stuff to do is outside the city a ways, so make sure to allot ample time during your stay to accommodate these things.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Quito

    Quito is a nice city. There are a lot of interesting historical sites, museums and animal, plant or insect exhibits to see. There are good restaurants also. All in all a pretty cool city.

    Insider Tip:To get around town in a taxi can be pricey, we would recommend taking the bus. Just ask the person working at a stip how to get to where you want. Also ask how many stops away it is as there are not signs at each stop.

  • 60%

    matthewjameswilkinson7264

    Nice place

    Worth going up the cable car and wandering around the Old Town. The Mariscal is the place to be if you want food and drink but not so much culture. Despite warnings about safety around there we experienced no problems either at night or on Sundays.

    Insider Tip:Don't try looking for a decent restaurant in the Old Town after about 6pm - you will be disappointed. Go to the Mariscal instead.

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