Quito Tourism, Ecuador

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Quito (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkito]), formally San Francisco de Quito, is the capital city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above sea level, it is the highest official capital city in the world and the one which is closest to the equator. It is located in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active stratovolcano in the Andes mountains. With a population of 2,671,191 according to the last census (2014), Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil. It is also the capital of the Pichincha province and the seat of the Metropolitan District of Quito. The canton recorded a population of 2,239,191 residents in the 2010 national census. In 2008, the city was designated as the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations. The historic center of Quito has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas. Quito and Kraków, Poland, were the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO, in 1978. The central square of Quito is located about 25 kilometres (16 mi) south of the equator; the city itself extends to within about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) of zero latitude. A monument and museum marking the general location of the equator is known locally as la mitad del mundo (the middle of the world), to avoid confusion, as the word ecuador is Spanish for equator.


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Facts and Stats for Quito*

  • Pollution Statistics in Quito

    Know the pollution level of Quito before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 68.02 (High)
    • Water Pollution 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 59.72 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 62.84 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 45.27 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 55.41 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 55.77 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 38.57 (Low)
  • Quito: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Quito for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Quito.

    • Burglary and Theft 47.01 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 62.5 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 62.31 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 76.92 (High)
    • Car Stealing 48.46 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 57.54 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 46.21 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 51.89 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 65.15 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 27.65 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 36.15 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.54 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 54.92 (Moderate)
  • Living in Quito - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Quito is 114.43 (High)

    • Safety Index 46.41 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 98.17 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 69.47 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 41.5 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 48.74 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 71.28 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.82 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 39.37 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Quito

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Quito

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.13 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 57.35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 114.69 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 82.17 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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