Quito Tourism

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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Planning a vacation to Quito in Ecuador? This vacation planner will provide you with all the essential information you need. Popular vacation packages of Quito are of 1-2 days.

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

    • Air Pollution 61.4 (High)
    • Water Pollution 53 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 57.14 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 59.31 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 43.63 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 54.9 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 52.36 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 35.2 (Low)
  • How safe is Quito for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Quito.

    • Burglary and Theft 45.72 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 62.16 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 61.15 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 77.36 (High)
    • Car Stealing 48.65 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 57.29 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 45 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 65 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 27 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 34.46 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.55 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 54.67 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Quito is 121.94 (High)

    • Safety Index 46.45 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 98.97 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 64.44 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 39.96 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 47.2 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 69.51 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 11.69 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 43.15 (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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 55.77 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 109.32 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 81.48 USD

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