It’s unpredictable. Quiteños say that they experience the four seasons in a single day (sun with heat and rain with cold), so we advise you to wear several pieces of clothing. Have a sweater and a coat on hand to wear and take them back in a matter of hours. It usually rains unexpectedly as the sun returns at the end of the afternoon.
What to bring
Bring as little as possible, but some things are necessary: sunscreen, a hat, walking shoes, a camera, insect repellent, an umbrella and always wear a sweater. The sun of Quito is strong, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is recommended to apply sunscreen every two hours (or at least once a day!) And 30 minutes before leaving the hotel.
If you need a doctor
These are some private clinics that you can visit in case of emergency: Voz Andes Hospital, Metropolitano Hospital, Pichincha Clinic, Hospital de los Valles, Axxis Hospital. There are also public hospitals: Eugenio Espejo Hospital, Hospital del Sur, Carlos Andrade Marín Hospital; which belongs to the social security, there you can go with a minimum cost (or no cost).
Do I need vaccines?
No vaccines are required to enter Ecuador (your doctor may recommend some such as hepatitis A and B or tetanus). If you are going to travel to the Amazon, a yellow fever vaccine is required. Keep in mind that these has to be done a month in advance to be effective.
That your passport does not expire
Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your arrival. For most countries in Europe, Canada and the US, no visa is required to enter Ecuador, but if you plan to stay more than 90 days, you need a tourist visa that is valid for six months.
As in any other country, it is important to be careful. Keep your belongings with you at all times. When getting on a bus or in busy areas, keep your bag in front of you. Do not leave your wallet or cell phone in your back pocket. Avoid walking alone in the parks or on the street at night where there is no lighting.
In most restaurants 10% is charged for service on the bill. But you are always welcome to give an additional tip to the waiter. No tip is given to the taxi driver.
It is not easy for you to receive change from a big bill. It is better to have coins or bills of less than $ 20 at hand, others of higher denomination can be change at the Central Bank.
If you are looking for supplies, hygiene items, even clothes, you can go to the big supermarket chains Supermaxi, Mi Comisariato, Santa María, Akí, Coral.
On the other hand, if you are looking for medicines, pills or even a quick gift on the way to a birthday party, look for a Fybeca, Sana Sana, Cruz Azul, Pharmacy’s pharmacy. A store that opens late at night for any quick need is Oki Doki. At the service stations you will find stores open 24 hours a day.