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Quito Things to Do

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  • Colonial Quito

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This Dominican church was founded in 1586 and is in the southern part of the old town. it sits in a large square which is a major bus hub. The square is used for festivals throughout the year along with a locals just hanging out.

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  • El Panecillo

    4 out of 5 stars

    El Panecillo is quite close to the city center so easy to get to. Don't go walking though! That's not so safe. The most special thing about going up here for me is that I finally had a good overview of the city including the south part which I had never seen before. If you are lucky and the sky is totally clear you can see the Cayambe and the...

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  • Mitad del Mundo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Although a only short distance from Quito, it is very arid here. Be sure to bring sunglasses and sunscreen. The admission price is higher than others have reported: $3. There is an ethnologic exhibit inside the monument, $3 extra. The park is a waste of time if your don't take it in. Also the exhibit without asking for a guide that speaks your...

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Quito Hotels

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Quito Restaurants

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  • Good atmosphere....friendly staff

    So many restaurants in Mariscal area and is difficult to choose a place to eat because there are dozens around. I have done a little of research before this trip and I came to this place where specialty for ribs, it seems good and everyone is satisfy in this place. I have a few in my list but our preference is more to this placeThe location is very...

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  • Ecuadorian fish and chips

    We were hopeless that night because we can't find a decent restaurant in the neighborhood. After our trip from Galapagos we flown back to Quito for a short night, so we stay near the airport. We found a hotel with free transfer, but still 15-25 minutes away from Mariscal Sucre Airport. The hotel is located in Yaruqui a very weird area. We ask our...

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  • Not fancy...but serve delicious skewer

    This eatery is on the way to our hotel we pass a few times on this place and we said, before leaving Quito we're gonna come to dine. Our last night in Quito we went to this place we want to try their long skewer. In this street you'll fine small eatery but this is only one served skewer and its kind of their specialtyThe lady behind the counter is...

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Quito Nightlife

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  • There is more than La Foch!

    The most famous area to go have a drink a to party is La Foch/La Mariscal. This is also the place where most tourists go, but it is not the only place! There are a lot of cool small bars to have a beer or a canelazo or even to do a dance. Here are some examples: Boca Abierta - An alternative place where there's sometimes live music. It's a nice...

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  • A happening place on Weds night

    I must confess I thought my days in places like this were long gone but, well what can I say.I ended up rolling in here on Weds night. It was $9 to get in that covered 2 complimentary drinks.The place was packed with revelers, all friendly and having a good time and not a sign of trouble. If drinking and dancing with hundreds of others doing the...

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  • Pretty much what you'd expect

    I know its pretty corny going to an Irish in somewhere like Ecuador. However this was my 1st of the trip in S America and I've found this sort of things a useful starting point to get the feel of a place as there will always be English speakers in the clientele (my Spanish is improving but its still at a pretty rubbish standard).This bar is on...

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Quito Transportation

  • Rio Coca Bus Terminal

    Rio Coca is also one of the busiest terminals in Quito. If you are coming from Mariscal Sucre International Airport by bus it terminates here. From here you can continue with Trolebus (green line) or Ecovia (red line), and Metrobus (blue line) for 25cents Taxi is plentiful outside. Be careful with your belongings in bus terminals. Buses are well...

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  • South bus Terminal in Quito

    The South terminal is quite away from the center of Quito, but coming here by troley bus cost only 25 cents. We pass in this terminal in daytime on our way to Otavalo, I have a clear photo of terminal. Coming here in the evening is complete a different view we are going to take the night bus to Cuenca. Inside the terminal is a crazy place, I'm a...

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  • KLM Airlines Direct Flight

    Booking in advance is always written down in our book, we're not into last minute flight especially when the flights are outside Europe. We reserve the airline tickets 9 months in advance. From Belgium flying to Latin America consist a layover through United States which disliked us, because we need an Estas (eletronic visa) even for a short...

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Quito Shopping

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  • The biggest shopping mall in Quito

    We took a taxi to the mall I can't even remember the name correctly, we pass this place on our way to the hotel for the first time, when I ask the taxi driver to take us to commercial center (shopping mall) he said Quicentro? I wasn't sure if that is the right name, so he took us here.A very huge and the busiest area divided into different...

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  • Otavalo market

    The Otavalo market, especially on Saturday, is bustling with local people selling all kinds of crafts, clothing, and jewelry. Although the goods start becoming repetitive (now where did I see that scarf???), you could spend hours here looking at all of the colorful goods for sale. We didn't buy much, a few scarves made from alpaca wool, a couple of...

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  • Mariscal Sucre

    Mariscal Sucre, also known as either New Town or Gringolandia is the area of town with tourist hotels, restaurants and shops. I am very glad I stayed in the old town but the best souvenir shopping was here by far.

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Quito Local Customs

  • Never seen in a row....shoe shiner

    During our wander around in the old town we arrive to a park, Quito has a few of those beautiful parks. On the other side there is a beautiful white building, at first I saw a man cleaning someone's shoe and didn't realize after I walk a bit further that there were more of them doing the same jobIt was fun watching them, if I didn't wear a slipper...

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  • Dia Nacional de Cultura

    The last day in Quito I walked past the Ministry of Culture and I saw that there were some events going on there and they were advertising for “Dia Nacional de Cultura 9 Agosto”. I went inside and had a look at an art exhibition. On the second floor there were also some artisans working and demonstrating their job. Just round the corner of the...

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  • Inti Raymi celebrations

    The Inti Raymi festival is a festival celebrating the summer solstice and harvest. It is especially celebrated in the northern highlands and I had hoped to see some celebrations while I visited Quito in June 2012. I had read in one of the newspapers that there was going to be Inti Raymi celebrations on Plaza San Francisco on Sunday 24th of June. At...

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Quito Warnings and Dangers

  • Altitude

    Quito is located at 9,350 feet, the highest official capital in the world (Sucre is listed as the official capital of Bolivia, not La Paz which has a higher altitude than Quito) . If you find yourself a little shorter of breath than normal, it's not unusual. Drink lots of water, try aspirin if you get a headache, take a midday nap. My sinuses...

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  • Aggressively apply common sense

    I had a great time in Quito and had traveled through a variety of the economically diverse areas of the city and outskirts. At the time I cannot say that I applied the advice I am giving you now, only that I was lucky in my experience to only have had one encounter with a mugging myself, though I heard a quite a few more than expected from other...

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  • Crime

    I read a lot of reports of crime before I left, if I believed all of the reports I wouldn't have left my hotel room! While its something to be aware of, not only in Quito but in all large cities, it shouldn't stop you from visiting the city and feeling comfortable walking around on your own. Our guide, who is a local, mentioned pickpockets several...

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Quito Tourist Traps

  • Quito and maybe all of Ecuador

    Is it just me or do others have the same feeling?I have traveled a good deal. I have found some countries that encourage tourists. Some countries welcome tourist. Ecuador, and especially Quito, it seems to me, tolerate tourists. Have you ever seen a capital city that almost closes down on every Saturday? And does close on every Sunday? Can you...

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  • "Great Tours" only in name

    Ecuador is firmly in the grip of the tourist trade or more accurately more and more Ecuadorians are trying to grasp naive tourist souls by the throat. Well, another way to put it is that these entrepreneurial fellows might have insisted on a more elaborate Christmas gift. The company called Great Tours and located in the middle of backpacker/gringo...

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  • Ejido Park.

    Well, this is not a tourist trap is just a recommendation. You can get very good prices in this small market, lots of stalls with handicrafts, and if you´re lucky you will see local people dancing andean music.The best prices i saw in Quito. At the end of Amazonas avenue and Patria street.

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Quito What to Pack

  • Digital Camera

    Don't forget your camera. If you take photos by the dozen like I did, it will be cost-effective to pop for a digital camera. Mine is a Canon Power Shot A-400. Bring an extra memory card if you're really keen on photography. To make sure you don't lose all your memories even if your camera gets lost or stolen, try and find a place where you can...

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  • Budget your money daily

    In order not to risk losing all your money, budget an amount per day and stow the rest in a place you know to be safe. When shopping at local markets, take denominations of $1, $5 or no more than $10 because they likely wouldn't be able to make change for larger amounts. In one case at the Otavalo market, I even had trouble finding change for a...

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  • Go in the fall, dress in layers

    In the fall, it can go as low as 10°C (50°), but it can go as high as 25°C (77°) and there is that (nearly) inevitable afternoon rain at that time of year. The best option is to dress in layers. For the most part, I packed short sleeve shirts together with a light windbreaker and a heavier jacket. Look at the weather report before you plan your...

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Quito Off The Beaten Path

  • Hiking Rucu Pichinch

    Rucu Pichinca (4696m) is one of the main summits on Volcán Pichincha (the other is Guagua Pichincha 4794m). It is the peak closest to Quito and it is not difficult to climb. I had read that there had been robberies along the trail so I asked at the Tourist Office in Quito how the safety was at the moment. They told me it was safe now, especially on...

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  • Hiking in Pasochoa

    Refugio de Vida Silvestre Pasochoa is situated 30 km southeast of Quito. It is a protected forest reserve established in 1982. Here you can find one of few remaining original Andean forests. Pasochoa is situated in the collapsed crater and on the slopes of Volcan Pasochoa. The reserve stretches from an elevation of 2700m to the summit of Volcan...

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  • Excursion to El Mitad del Mundo & Inti...

    On the afternoon of our visit to Otavalo we went, again with Jose Luiz, to visit El Mitad del Mundo – the Middle of the World. This is the name given to both a monument and the area immediately around it. The monument was erected to mark the line of the equator, but rather than cause confusion, as “Ecuador” means “Equator” in Spanish, it was given...

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Quito Sports & Outdoors

  • Ciclopaseo

    Every Sunday many streets in Quito are closed for motor vehicles and only open to bicycles and people on foot. You can cycle from Parque de los Recuerdos in the north to Parque Las Cuadras in the south along the closed roads, a distance of about 30km. The bicycle route goes along Avenida Amazonas, past Parque Carolina, Parque El Ejido and Parque...

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  • Horseriding on Pichincha

    One of the features of the tourist sites on Pichincha is a small herd of horses on which tourists can take rides all the way up to the crater of the mountain. There are several Ecuadorian guides who take tourists on horse back up the narrow track and also around the various lower reaches of the peak, where there are small buildings and churches....

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  • Hiking Pichincha

    Hiking up Pichincha is no small feat. I am a very active young man (I row on a daily basis, do not smoke or drink and eat a very balanced diet) and yet the combination of the cold, the sun, the thin air and the incline meant that I was often drenched in sweat from the hike up and, a couple of times, short on breath. It can take about 3 to 4 hours...

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Quito General

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  • ATM machine is plentiful around

    We travel with three credit cards and this always activated from our bank before the trip. We saw one atm machine in Independence Square and wanted to withdraw money, but none of the three cards are working. With the same cards we pay our hotels, restaurant and shops and this work perfectly, but withdrawing cash it doesn't work (strange). We try a...

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  • Your luggage will checked separately

    When flying to Galapagos you need more time at the airport. The lady at travel agency told us to be at the airport two hour before because we were strictly controlled. We were very early in the airport the flight is at 9 am and we're there around 6 in the morning.She explained to us that we can't go on check-in without going to customs first. When...

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  • Money matters

    The US dollar is the official currency of Ecuador, when you get change back you may get some Ecuadorian coins or you may get back Sacagawea US dollar coins that most Americans don't recognize since they are not widely used in the US. I brought a lot of cash with me, enough to pay for everything on my trip except for my hotel which I used a credit...

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Quitumbe.....South Terminal in Quito
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Hop-on-off Bus...for a better view
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Cathedral Metropolitana de Quito
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Iglesia de La Compania
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Palacio de Gobierno
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One of beautiful church in Quito
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Plaza Foch..... in the neighborhood of La Mariscal
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One of a few parks in Quito
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Ecuadorian carrier...TAME
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