FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT QUITO, ECUADOR.

“It’s always nice to be one of the first”

Quito city is one of the first capital city that declared  World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978 along with Krakow, Poland. The Quito was founded by Spanish in the 16th century, on the ruins of an Inca city. Even though the city experienced many earthquakes, today it remains one of the most well preserved historic centers in the continent of America. The city’s streets and the buildings are must-see. Put it on your bucket list.

Wait!!, What did you mean when you said: “I do not have to exchange money in Quito”?

Ecuador’s economy was not working well some years ago, because of that the Ecuadorian government stopped using their own money, Sucre and started to use American dollars instead. In the beginning, most Ecuadorians were unhappy with the transformation because of their savings became worthless with the conversion. But nowadays, it is a different story. The people of Ecuador feel like they have more economic power in term of consumption since the reformation. The biggest downside of the transition is like the U.S.; the Ecuadorian Government has to pay fees to the Federal Reserve Bank to print their money.

I wanted to get some Sucre denominations that they used in Ecuador before the dollars to show you guys; but when I asked in few financial institutions, I was surprised to learn that they do not have any of the denominations in their vaults anymore.

“You might get altitude sickness.”

The Quito city is 9,350 feet (2,850 meters) above sea level, and that can make you sick so fast without you realizing it. I am accustomed to elevation sickness because of my visit to Cuzco, Peru. By the way, the Quito is taking the second place with the high altitude in South America. The first one is La Paz, Bolivia and the third is Cuzco, Peru on the list. But if you are not accustomed to the symptoms, you might experience some fatigue on your first day in the city. I would advise to take your time and rest up until you feel comfortable especially if you are going to hike or climb to surrounding mountains. Besides fatigue, you might feel a headache or nausea as well as insomnia. If they do not ease, go and see a doctor. In Cuzco, I drank lots of cocoa leaves tea plus some hotels have oxygen tubes for guest. That’s something you would want to consider when you are booking your hotels in Quito. Do your research.

“Get ready to experience four seasons in one day.”

I am not going to give you a list of when you should visit Quito, Ecuador. Because in Quito, you get to experience the four seasons in one day. No joke. There are only two seasons; wet and dry. The wet season starts beginning of January and lasts until April and, dry season begins in May and ends in December, but as I said the weather condition is hard to predict because of the high altitude of the city. Just keep in mind, you might experience a slight change in the weather depending on the season you visit the city. So, always carry an umbrella or raincoat, and a light jacket with you. Having one of those is essential because I ended up buying a coat on every tour I took.

“Quito has the best free city tours ever.”

An hour later I landed in Quito, I took a four-hour free city tour with some hostel in the city, and I have to say I was impressed and satisfied. There are so many of them, and anyone I talked to said the same beautiful things about the free city tours. The hostels mostly offer them in Quito. You do not have to be a guest in their hostels to take their tours, but the hostels highly recommend the tips since the tours are free. The best thing I like is that the tour guides are mostly local people who were born and grew up in the area that they are showing and giving information. Our tour guide has a vast knowledge of the city’s history, economy and culture about the country and I loved it.

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28 COMMENTS

  1. Shella | 7th Aug 18

    I love your photos. They really show the colour of the city. I also think it’s best to find local tour guides rather than to book a package with people who aren’t necessarily from the area.

    • Melissa | 7th Aug 18

      Thank you, Shella.

  2. Melissa | 7th Aug 18

    Wow thanks so much for this post. Love all the information, so interesting about the US dollars in circulation and about the elevation. I’m itching to make a trip now. Will certainly bookmark this in case I ever get out there!

    • Melissa | 7th Aug 18

      Thank you, Melissa, I’ll be happy to provide more info when you decide to go.

  3. Aura | 7th Aug 18

    Such an amazing city! It seems to breathe history and I’m sure it is quite an experience to visit it.

    • Melissa | 7th Aug 18

      It is, I highly recommend it to you.

  4. Lindsey | 8th Aug 18

    Great photos! I’ve always wanted to visit Quito. I didn’t realize it was the first world heritage site! That’s so cool!

  5. krish | 11th Aug 18

    Beautiful write up…lovely pics .

  6. siennylovesdrawing | 12th Aug 18

    Ohh wow!! Thanks for sharing this, am gonna saved it to read it as my to-travel listing 🙂 cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  7. Vinita | 12th Aug 18

    Great photo. It’s really beautiful. Thanks

  8. Katie-Louise | 12th Aug 18

    l love this post so cool and your photos are beautiful. x

  9. Aesthetic Contradiction | 12th Aug 18

    Fantastic images, I’d definitely love to visit!

  10. Juli | 12th Aug 18

    When I read your blog this is the first I was hearing about this place, so great way to find another great location to travel.

  11. Arnab Majumdar | 12th Aug 18

    The place looks beautiful, and affordable, if i may add. Going to add it on my travel list.
    Thanks

  12. Monidipa | 12th Aug 18

    Wow, such a great and informative post. Loved your photos. Great tips about altitude and US dollars. Thanks.

  13. Evelyn Hernandez | 12th Aug 18

    We have never been to Ecuador but would love to visit one day. Thanks for all of your tips, love the fact we can use US$ and dont have to exchange.

  14. Harish | 13th Aug 18

    Amazing place. Thanks for sharing your experience. It really helps!

  15. siennylovesdrawing | 14th Aug 18

    Thanks for this lovely informative piece, really enjoyed it as am a travel lover & love aqll the lovely captures . wish can visit it personally one day 🙂 Cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  16. Maysz | 14th Aug 18

    Nice information about Ecuador. I like their culture and also the place looks Amazing!

  17. Tracy @ Cleland Clan | 14th Aug 18

    I’ve never even considered going to Ecuador and didn’t know about the UNESCO world heritage status. I’m defnitely going to put it on my list of places to visit now. And not exchanging money? A definite bonus.

  18. Europe finance blog | 14th Aug 18

    Free city tours? Now that caught my attention. Visiting soon! Can’t wait!!!

  19. Jeferson | 14th Aug 18

    It’s always fun to visit places rich in history and culture…… You will appreciate the place not for its economic value but for its prized heritage..it’s uniqueness… .. Very educational post…..

  20. Chai | 14th Aug 18

    Rich culture and fun reflected in the images would make me want to Equador.

  21. Nina Nichols | 15th Aug 18

    Wow! Quito looks amazing! Would love to visit one day. Interesting to note that their weather is only wet and dry. We have the flavors of four seasons here. 🙂

  22. Grace Esedeke | 15th Aug 18

    This city does have a lot to offer. Quito must be a great place to visit. I don’t travel much but I intend to visit at least 20 of the UNESCO world heritage sites. I know that’ quite an undertaking but I want to think it is workable.
    Thank you for inspiring me with your post and beautiful pictures.

  23. Neil Alvin Nicerio | 15th Aug 18

    Great photos. I have always wanted to visit Ecuador. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Sayanti | 15th Aug 18

    I just can’t stop admiring the beauty of this city. Also, your pictures are amazing!

  25. Katie Campbell | 17th Aug 18

    I’m willing to risk altitude sickness for some of these places. Great article!

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