The name official is 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 second highest official capital city in the world. It is located in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha.
Therefore this city declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco is the best so you can start your trip in Ecuador. So the most important thing is that you handle the information and recommendations so that your stay in this beautiful city is the best.
It’s a safe city?
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.
Is it necessary to tip?
Give the tips are necessary when the service was the best. So in the tours the tip is not included, if you liked the tour the tip is always well received, besides exist other services that if they charge tips, in the most are the restaurants 10% is charged for service on the bill. But you are always welcome to give an additional tip to the waiter.
Change your money
Most stores in Ecuador do not handle high denomination bills. Therefore it is advisable to have coins or bills of maximum $ 20 at hand, others of higher denomination can be exchanged at the Central Bank or in a tourist establishment can receive your money.
What to bring
Finally bring as little as possible. Most Importantly is sunscreen, a hat, walking shoes, a camera, insect repellent, an umbrella and always wear a sweater. The sun of Quito is strong. It is recommended to apply sunscreen every two hours or at least once a day.