About Quito

Ecuador’s capital
Quito was the first city to have a site declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1978, essentially for having the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America.

The city is located in the Andes mountain range, surrounded by twelve volcanoes, amongst them: Pichincha, Cotopaxi, Antisana and Cayambe, forming a majestic geographic backdrop.

Quito therefore is the result of human effort within an imposing landscape, resulting in a unique ensemble of architecture and rugged nature.

Tourist Information

Your passport’s validity date
Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your arrival date. For most European countries, Canada and the US, no visa is required to travel to Ecuador, but if you plan to stay over 90 days you need a tourist visa with six months validity.
Bring small change / small bills
Ecuador’s currency is the US Dollar. The largest bill commonly in circulation is the 20-dollar bill ($20), so it is better to avoid bringing $50 or $100 dollar bills, and always to have small change and bills handy.

There is a 12% Value Added Tax (IVA) for all consumer products, hotels and restaurants.

Personal items and medicines
Quito has a range of malls, department stores, pharmacies and shops to cover all common needs in personal items and medicines, your hotel will guide you to the nearest and most appropriate according to your requirements.
Where to go if I need a doctor?
These are some of the private clinics you can visit in case of emergency: Hospital Voz Andes, Hospital Metropolitano, Clínica Pichincha, Hospital de los Valles, Hospital Axxis.

There are also the following public hospitals that form part of the National Social Security Service, where you can get attention for none or little cost: Hospital Eugenio Espejo, Hospital del Sur, Hospital Carlos Andrade Marín.

How to keep safe in Quito?
The usual safety recommendations for travellers apply: when walking or using public transport be mindful of handbags, backpacks and your electronic devices and phones. Also, it is recommended not to carry around your passport but rather have a photocopy with you.
When to tip
Most restaurants add a 10% service charge, but it is customary to tip your waiter. It is not customary to tip taxi drivers.
How to move around the city?
There are many ways to move within and outside the city. Within the city, the Sistema Integrado de Transporte Municipal, is the municipal bus network that has 3 main longitudinal lines of articulated buses, with transfer stations that link with local and other lines.

This system includes the following services:

  1. Trolebús: operates along 10 de Agosto Avenue from 4:00 am until 1:30 am.
  2. Ecovía: operates along 6 de Diciembre Avenue from 5:00 am until 12:00 am.This is the line closest to the locations of most BAQ events.
  3. Metrobús-Q operates along América Avenue from 4:00 am until 1:30 am.

The cost of the ticket for the Sistema Integrado de Transporte Municipal and all other bus networks in the city is USD$0.25 cents.

The local official taxi systems operate with yellow cabs, with a minimum fare of USD$1,50. The fare is determined by a meter that starts marking $0.50. Quito also counts with ride hailing companies such as Uber and Cabify which work through their standard apps.

The cost of the taxi transfer service from and to the airport is USD$30,00 .

Where can I stay?
Quito has a variety of hotels and hostels for every preference and budget. The city centre is a good option if you want to be close to the main tourist sites, while the larger and upscale hotel chains are located just north of the historic district, in or around the La Mariscal and La Floresta neighbourhoods, or further north in the financial district and close to La Carolina Park. Prices can range from near $35.00 to $160.00 or higher.

With the support of

BAQ 2020

La Bienal Panamericana de Arquitectura de Quito (BAQ) es organizada por el Colegio de Arquitectos del Ecuador, Provincial de Pichincha (CAE-P), desde 1978.


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