Frequently Asked Questions about Quito and Ecuador

Because of its geographical position, Quito has nearly a perfect spring time all year round climate. Technically, it is a subtropical highland climate. Quito has a fairly constant cool climate, with spring-like weather year-round. The average temperature during the day reaches 19°C (66F) and falls up to 10°C (50F) at night. During the dry seasons (May – September) temperatures can reach up to 25°C (77F) during the day. It's very typical in Quito, that after a shinny and sunny day, heavy rains can present unexpectedly at any time of year.
Quito's elevation is 2,800 meters (9,200 ft.). After La Paz, Quito is the second-highest administrative capital city in the world, and the highest legal capital (followed by Sucre in Bolivia, and Bogota in Colombia).
Currently there is a population of 2 million citizens ("Quiteños") who live in Quito and its surroundings.
Tourists should wear what makes them feel comfortable. Our travelers must keep in mind that depending on the tour (remember that we always specifically design the tours according to the passengers needs, interests, needs and capacities), they may have to make long walks, climb up towers (some have stairs, some have elevators, others have both), walk in domes, or have the best panoramic views of the city from the windy sacred hills that surround the city. Thus, we always recommend walking shoes, pants (men and women), and jackets (even if it's very sunny when you go outside).
We recommend to bring photo and video cameras, money for your personal expenses and also a hat and / or umbrella could be very useful during the tours. We strongly recommend travelers to leave their passports and other valuable belongings in the safe boxes at their hotels. Cell phones with International Roaming do work in Quito and most of Ecuador.
QUITOCITYTOUT.TRAVEL offers a complete guide of the best hotels in the city (please refer to our Hotels in Quito section). If you want to live the city, and you want to experience the magical historic district that makes of this city to be so special, then without any hesitation you should choose any of the boutique hotels in the Historic District of the city. Boutique hotels at the historic district, lack of services such as pools, and other amenities wich may be important when you travel with kinds and any other guests that may require this kind of services. The Historical District is around 25 minutes away from the airport. At the Mariscal District, travelers can find the widest hotel offers in town. From hostels to medium and highly luxury boutique hotels, not forgetting the 5 stars, all service international hotel that are also in this zone. The Mariscal District is around 15 minutes away from the Historical District, and the same time distance from the airport. The Modern District of the city offers mostly 5 stars, all service international hotel brands for travelers. It must be said that the Modern District, is around 15 minutes away from the Mariscal District, and 10 minutes away from the airport.
There is an international airport in Quito. The airport's name is MARISCAL ANTONIO JOSÉ DE SUCRE, and you can take local and international flights from here. Most of the international airlines do land and depart from Quito, and the few that do not (such as Air France, Lufthansa, British Airways) have special connections from Bogota (2 hours flight from Quito), or Lima (1.5 hours flight from Quito). It must be said that the most important airline companies from around the globe (including the ones just mentioned in previous lines), do have representation offices or customer service counters in Quito. The airport is located in the northern district, and passengers do not have to leave the city to reach it.
Any time of the year is great to visit Quito! Some month tourist should consider are the following: - December: Quito's independence day, bullfights season take place from the 1st to the 6th of December yearly. - March: Because of the high Catholic - religious background of the city, Quito experiences one of the most important live processions during the Holy Week. - August: At Summer, the government and other local authorities, promote many cultural activities and events such as public concerts and musicals. No matter what time of the year you decide to travel, we always guarantee unique, breathtaking experiences during your journeys not only in Quito and its surroundings, but also in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
Tours in Quito can take place at any hour! Day tours or night tours can be great options for any kind of groups. It must be said that some public places such as museums, churches and others work until 17h00 (local time), which may be the reason for travelers to determine if they want to go in a day tour or night tour. The only tours that it is strongly recommend to be performed at day time, are the ones that include visits at the Equator Monument, and/or the Cable Line at the Pichincha Volcano. Depending on the traveler interests, as well as the number of passengers, QUITOCITYTOUR.TRAVEL can offer (with previous confirmation) tours with granted access to visit places that are closed at night!
Tours in Quito can take place at any hour! Day tours or night tours can be great options for any kind of groups. It must be said that some public places such as museums, churches and others work until 17h00 (local time), which may be the reason for travelers to determine if they want to go in a day tour or night tour. The only tours that it is strongly recommend to be performed at day time, are the ones that include visits at the Equator Monument, and/or the Cable Line at the Pichincha Volcano. Depending on the traveler interests, as well as the number of passengers, QUITOCITYTOUR.TRAVEL can offer (with previous confirmation) tours with granted access to visit places that are closed at night!
The population on Ecuador is 14.6 million citizens that live in the 283, 561 sq. km (109,415 sq. ml) territory. Ecuador territory has 4 regions: the Andes (highlands), the Coast, the Galapagos Islands (Insular region) and the Amazon Jungle.
The capital city of Ecuador is Quito. The country's largest city, and second most important is Guayaquil (coast), followed by Cuenca (highlands).
Normally it is not requested any specific or special vaccines to enter Ecuador, but still QUITOCITYTOUR.TRAVEL recommends to contact your local embassy for more information on this topic.
Any time of year is great to visit Ecuador. Because of its geographical position, climate is basically determined by altitude. It is mild year-round in the mountain valleys; Humid Subtropical Climate at the coast and Rain Forests in lowlands. Because of its location at the equator, Ecuador experiences little variation in daylight hours during the course of a year. Ecuador is one of seventeen megadiverse countries in the world according to Conservation International. Ecuador has 1,600 bird species (15% of the world's known bird species) in the continental area, and 38 more endemic in the Galapagos Islands. In addition to over 16, 000 species of plants, the country has 106 endemic reptiles, 138 endemic amphibians, and 6,000 species of butterfly. The Galápagos Islands are well known as a region of distinct fauna, famous as the place of birth of Darwin's Theory of Evolution, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
First of all, it must be said that the Galapagos Islands can be visited all year; there's never a ´bad time´ to visit the islands. But still, there are some facts that must be kept in mind when planning your journey to the Galapagos Islands. First, the Galapagos Islands have two seasons: the wet season (January – May) and the dry season (June – December). During the wet season, it drizzles daily but ironically it is the sunniest season of the year, and air and sea water is warmer and calmer (which should be considered if you are prone to seasickness); sea gets rougher in August and September (and water is colder). During the dry season, the Humboldt Current reaches the Galapagos from the south, bringing cold water and weather. But not everything is bad, since it also brings water rich in nutrients and plankton, which attracts many more fishes and birds. Even if they appear regularly on the Galapagos Islands, it's easier to dive next to these giants during this season of the year. What kind of cruise should I choose to visit the Galapagos Islands? A cruise will not only be determined by the budget of the traveler, but also for his interests. It must be said that there are different type of itineraries: - Naturalist: Traveler will visit different islands where they will be able to observe the different flora and fauna of each place. These itineraries may include activities such as kayaking, hiking and snorkeling. - Diving: Activities and visit places will all be related to the diving activity; a few land visits will be done. - Active: Both, land and diving activities will be performed. - Family Itineraries: A special itinerary will perform specific activities and visits for groups that travel as families with kids. Another very important fact that must be considered is the size of the boats. Smaller boats, because of their minor environmental impact, can grant visits to more fragile places, as well as they are the only ones that grant Active and Diving Itineraries. Cruise ships only grant Naturalist Itineraries, and they have more alternatives in terms of room categories, departure days and facilities (many have pools onboard and several other amenities). Also, Cruise Ships are better for those who are not familiar with navigating or sailing, activities which may cause sea sickness, anxiety, and other illnesses. QUITOCITYTOUR.TRAVEL offers the best of the best in Galapagos, not only in cruises and yachts, but also in land hotels. Just contact us and let us craft your lifetime journey on the Enchanted Islands.
Guayaquil has a typical tropical savanna climate. During the year, climate is hot and humid, and it shows no important temperature variations. Rainfalls are heavy from January until April, and they decrease from May until December. Average maximum temperature is 30°C (86F) and average minimum temperature is 18°C (64F).
Guayaquil is at sea level, situated on the Gulf of Guayaquil, in Ecuador's Pacific Coast.
In Guayaquil there is the JOSE JOAQUIN DE OLMEDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. As well as from Quito's airport, passengers can take all local flights and international connections to reach their destinies around the world.
Cuenca's climate conditions are very similar to those of Quito. The average temperature during the day reaches 19°C (66F) and falls up to 10°C (50F) at night.
In Cuenca altitude reaches the 2,500 meters above the sea level (8,200 feet).
Cuenca has the MARISCAL LAMAR airport that mostly operates local flights to and from Quito and Guayaquil.
Ecuador basically has two climate seasons: the dry season from June to September, and the wet season from October to May.
The local currency in Ecuador since year 2001 is the Dollar from the United States of America (USD).
Most of the credit cards from around the world are accepted in Ecuador.
Even if Traveler's Checks are accepted in Ecuador's main cities, we suggest to be considered other payment methods such as credit cards or cash (Dollars from the United States of America) to prevent inconveniences.
QUITOCITYTOUR.TRAVEL strongly suggests and recommends paying tips and gratuities locally in cash, or prepaying them together with the tour costs.
For normal and regular shopping only applies 1 tax (V.A.T. – 12%). When paying at hotels, restaurants, bars and others like these, an additional 22% tax applies for service. When buying luxury goods, and depending on their value, besides the V.A.T. (locally known as I.V.A.) will a special consumption tax apply.
The international call code from Ecuador is 593. After you dial this number, you should dial the city code: 2 (Quito), 4 (Guayaquil), 7 (Cuenca), 9 (Cell phone). For example, if you want to dial the number of QUITOCITYTOUR.TRAVEL offices, you should dial: +593 2 6 042 427. If you want to dial the 24 hour Emergency Number, you should dial +593 9 8 829 941. Locally, you should just dial the city code, adding a ´cero´ to the number. For example, if you are in Guayaquil (or any other city that is not Quito) and you need to contact us, please dial 02-6 042 427. For our 24 hours Emergency Number, you should dial 09 8 829 941 from anywhere inside Ecuador.

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