Quito Travel Blog
OVERVIEW: Located at an even higher elevation than Cuenca! The highest constitutionally-recognized capital city in the world (La Paz, Bolivia is higher, but it's an administrative capital only). Also, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site.
WEATHER: Subtropical highland (12-20 °C). Rainy season October-May.
SAFETY: There are thieving motherf*ckers in Quito. Violent crime isn't too common, but express kidnappings, armed robberies, slash-and-grab, credit card fraud and pickpocketing is; Ecuador may have some of the best pickpockets on the continent.
MUST DO: Old Town. A walk through Old Town is the only thing I'd say you shouldn't miss. It is genuinely cool to see all the old buildings and churches in their near-original state. Also, take a climb up the teleferico for a view of the city.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN QUITO: $600.00 will get something close to Plaza Foch.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $13.00-$15.00
NIGHTLIFE IN QUITO: 6.5/10
La Mariscal, La Mariscal, La Mariscal. Just go here. Everyone will tell you the same. As you've probably guessed, Mariscal is the entertainment district of Quito and it has a great deal of bars, discos, hotels and restaurants. From here, you can plan your night. The clubs are fairy good, and you have the choice to party with all gringos, or none at all. As nice as it is to be the only foreign dude in a bar, it's nice to hang out some fellow countrymen once in a while. You can generally find something Monday-Saturday.
I recommend: Bungalow 6. Quito's most popular nightspot (I think..) in Quito. Has an excellent setup for meeting and mingling with women. A healthy fusion of tourists and Ecuadorians make for a pretty comfortable environment for everyone. The girls are probably about the best you'll see in the entire city.
BOTTLE OF BEER: $2.50
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN QUITO: 6.25/10
Easy to get a kiss, especially while at the clubs. Not easy to bring girls back to your place though. This could partially be due to logistics, because most of the girls will live far far away from La Mariscal, and you, presumably, will not. The fact that girls from Quito only seem to know the neighbourhood where they live and the neighbourhood of La Mariscal and literally nowhere else will not help your cause. Judging by the fashion I saw on the streets, I believe that girls are more conservative here than in many other latin countries, which could account for them not hoppin' in the sack.
***ONLINE DATING: Latin American Cupid allows you to talk with girls and set up dates before you arrive in the country. For this reason, I recommend it.
ARE GIRLS HOT IN QUITO?: 5.75/10.
Pretty good in Bungalow 6 and some of the other bars/clubs. Generally, the quality of girl you see walking around Quito during the day is pretty low. Not very shapely bodies, and the faces could use a bit of work.
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GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.10 Loaf of Bread= $1.00 Eggs= $1.60 Water (1.5L)= $1.15 Cigarettes= $6.00
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: I wouldn't count on finding work here.
TAXI: $1.50 is the starting fare.
NOTES: Meh. Didn't do much for me. Girls weren't very pretty, it didn't feel particularly safe at night and aside from the Old Town it was quite ugly. It used to be cheap but not so much anymore. You'll spend $40 a day minimum.
OVERALL RATING: 6/10
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