Careful around the bus station or other places
Keep your eyes open for scamers. Several fellow travelers have told me about this particular scam where they were robbed by a desgised petty thieve. Usually the scam artists work in groups: one will dump ketchup or something on you and prettend to help you out while the otherone grabs your stuff. Note, this didn't happen to me, but i've heard about it happening to other travellers.
You don't have to worry about...
You don't have to worry about physical harm there, but beware of thieves. We had our Video Camera taken from the pew of the Church we went to for the 9:00 AM Mass. There are teams of thieves in the market place. We watched as a boy ran into a man, and as the boy's mother jostled against the man while ostensibly chasing him around the man, the father lifted a wallet.
Keep wallets in your front pocket. Don't carry purses. Keep money, credit cards and passports in a zipper bag under your belt with just a few needed bills loose in a front pocket. I carried an old empty wallet in my back pocket, filled with cut papers, the size of paper money, but it didn't get lifted.
Hold 35MM cameras by the lens with the body against your thumb and wrap your camera strap around your arm. Stare into the eyes of anyone who looks at you. They don't want to be recognized and will almost always look for less aware victims if you look prepared and can describe them.
Watch for open holes in the sidewalks and in the gutters where you would usually find gratings of holes under the curb. I stepped back to frame a photo of the statue of the Virgin of Quito on a mountain and stepped into an uncovered water drain, injuring myself and slightly damaging my still camera. You'll find these openings on sidewalks as well.
Livestock on the highway
As if unthinking motorists and bad roads weren't bad enough, you also have people shepherding livestock alongside or across narrow back roads within a few minutes' drive of downtown Quito.
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