ALL ABOUT QUITO
A tour around the capital of Ecuador takes you from the Andes to the Sub Tropic: without a doubt this is the city of diversity, in cultural expressions, as well as in natural wonders. It has the largest and best preserved historic center in Latin America, it is the highest capital in the world (2,850 m high) and sits on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano.
Quito is unique
Much of the uniqueness of Quito is the geography that the Andes grant; more present here than in neighboring capitals ¡you can see snowy peaks at any distance! Quito shares an Inca legacy with Peru, but the Incas only conquered the millenary conglomerate of native manors 50 years before the arrival of the Spaniards. The culture of Quito – and of Ecuador, in general – is therefore very diverse and multifaceted.
The Quito area was one of the last places to be conquered by the Incas and the city, one of the first Spanish foundations in South America. Quito was also the first city in America to claim its independence (August 10, 1809), but unfortunately one of the last to achieve it, in 1822.
World Heritage. The concentration of churches, chapels, plazas, museums and most important colonial buildings in South America have made Quito the first city to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in 1978.
The official currency in Ecuador since the year 2000 is the American dollar; the previous currency was the Sucre and the exchange was frozen at $ 25,000 Sucres for each dollar. Many restaurants, stores and commercial establishments receive debit and credit cards, but some businesses use only cash. Take it into account.
To be a city located between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, its perfect temperate climate is hard to believe, and it is only possible thanks to the way the city rises above sea level, in a pleasant inter-Andean valley in the middle of imposing volcanoes.
During the summer, the temperature varies from 14 ° C to 24 ° C (57 ° F to 75 ° F), it is a dry and windy season and goes from June to September. Winter begins in October and is characterized by rain in the afternoon, during this period the temperature ranges from 8 ° C to 15 ° C (46 ° F to 59 ° F). In the evenings and nights the temperature always goes down and it can rain. It never hurts to load a coat, sweater or umbrella although the day starts sunny.
The height of Quito and its surroundings vary between 500 m, 2,850 m and 4,100 m (1,640, 9,350 and 13,451 feet). For outdoor activities must consult the doctor for heart conditions that the traveler may have. The majority of the world’s population lives at sea level, taking into account the effects of altitude for your visit.
If the weather allows, wear a T-shirt, shorts, hat and sunglasses in the morning. Evening and night can be cold, it is convenient to wear long pants. It is recommended to always have a rain jacket at hand.
Many plazas and public parks have WI-FI access. Most hotels, hostels and restaurants offer free access to this service: smartphones, tablets and laptops are of great help for travelers.