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Quito at a Glance

Bustling Quito fills with the noise of traffic, taxis, street performers and the calls of hawkers. The roasty smells of coffee, meat and peanuts compete with exhaust fumes and gutter scents. Dig right into Quito's old town to learn about the city's colonial roots and to watch people living and working in the area today. Huge 16th century churches and gracious squares coexist with narrow passage ways filled with people going about their daily lives.  Quito's newer area is sometimes called gringo-land, but residents can be seen enjoying the area's lively cafe scene as well as its colorful little pubs. 

If the cityscape proves to be too much for you, give the spectacular volcanoes and mountains that ring Quito one last look before disappearing into them and starting a new adventure. 

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December -January, June - August
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February - May, September - November
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      • Major Airport Mariscal Sucre International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers to Ecuador are required to have a passport valid at least six months past the end of their travel date. Visas are generally not required for visits of under 90 days. For more information, contact the Ecuadorian Consulate. Additionally, U.S citizens can learn more at the U.S State Department's website. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Events Earthquakes and volcanic activity occur frequently in Ecuador. Volcanoes can disrupt travel or communications. Earthquakes may cause tsunamis which are devastating to low-lying areas. 

      Safety Concerns Travelers are advised to avoid northern Ecuador and the boarder with Colombia. Where ever you travel in Ecuador, be alert. Pickpockets and thieves have clever strategies for distracting you long enough to take you belongings. Don't bring valuables to Ecuador and leave your passport in a safe if possible. Do not accept food or drink from strangers, no matter how friendly. Thieves and rapists use drugs to incapacitate their victims. Kidnappings occur in Ecuador and it is wise to travel in with others and avoid areas where you are at a disadvantage. 

      Health Concerns: Water needs to be purified before drinking. Boil vigorously, or use a purifying device. Many travelers get vaccinations before they travel to South America. Contact your doctor at least two months prior to your trip to schedule vaccinations and a health discussion for your trip.