There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Quito each year. The main ones are listed below.January 1: New Year's Day (national) February – March: Carnaval (national)
Forty days before Easter, the carnival rings in the beginning of celebrations, everywhere in Central America and in most South American countries. 4 days on, various shops are closed for business and the crowds gather in the streets, with various traditional and colourful parades, music performances and cultural events.April 19: Holy Week (Viernes Santo - national)
Important celebration throughout the Andes, and especially in Ecuador, where the majority of the population is Christian. Large processions parade in the streets. On Good Friday, families gather for a meal that includes a Fanesca, a traditional soup that contains no less than 12 sorts of seeds (green peas, barley, peanuts, beans, broad beans…), each representing one of Christ's Apostles.May 1: Labour Day (Día del Trabajo - national) August 10: Independence Day (national)
National holiday celebrating the Independence of Ecuador since 1830. Parades, military marches and cultural events take place all over the country.November 2: Día de Difuntos (national)
All Souls' Day and the Day of the Dead still remain significant holidays in Ecuador. Families gather to pay tribute to the departed and decorate their tombs at the cemetery with wreaths of flowers. Women prepare traditional dishes and popular songs echo through the streets.December 25: Christmas (national)
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|January||9/48||23/73||98/3.8||Not the best period to go|
|February||9/48||23/73||111/4.8||Not the best period to go|
|March||9/48||23/73||141/5.5||Not the best period to go|
|April||9/48||22/71||174/6.8||Not the best period to go|
|May||9/48||22/71||136/5.3||Not the best period to go|
|June||8/46||23/73||42/1.6||Good period to go|
|July||8/46||23/73||19/0.7||Good period to go|
|August||8/46||24/75||30/1.2||Good period to go|
|September||8/46||24/75||68/2.7||Good period to go|
|October||9/48||23/73||111/4.8||Not the best period to go|
|November||8/46||23/73||96/3.7||Not the best period to go|
|December||9/48||23/73||78/3.1||Not the best period to go|
The airport is located about 18 kilometres (11 miles) east of Quito, in the city of Tababela.
The Ecuadorian capital is well connected with public transportation. It is safe, efficient and fast to get around the city using buses, trains and taxis. Take your pick!
Driving around Quito can be challenging, with dense traffic and one-way streets. Parking facilities are available around town (USD 2 per hour). All-night parking costs around USD 12.
Buses are particularly popular in Quito. The network is dense and efficient, with three different kinds of buses being operated from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.: one trolleybus and two lines (Ecovia and Metrobus), operated by the same company (MetrobusQ). Lines are not numbered, only start and end stops being displayed; however, the lines never cross, and they each run on one of the north-south main streets. USD 0.25 per trip.
Taxis are plentiful, useful and rather inexpensive to get around Quito. They are yellow and easily recognizable. A fare in the city centre costs between USD 2 and 5, and a one-hour ride costs USD 8. Always make sure the driver starts the meter off when you get in.
BiciQuito is a free bike rental system. 25 stations are scattered across town, near the most touristic areas (museums, malls, banks…) and accessible from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sign on www.biciquito.gob.ec to obtain a rental card.
Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
See your doctor before you travel. Quito counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists. It is recommended that you obtain insurance covering health care expenses as well as medical evacuation or repatriation before you leave home.Vaccinations
Booster doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, yellow fever, hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines are recommended to enter Ecuador. For more information, contact the Air France Vaccination Centre:
Pour plus d'informations, contactez votre centre de vaccinations internationales Air France :
Tap water is not safe to drink. Favour bottled mineral water instead.
Nationals of various countries do not need a visa to enter Ecuador for a stay of less than three months. For more information, be sure to check the website of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.cancilleria.gob.ec/requisitos-para-solicitud-de-visas-no-inmigrantes-e-inmigrantes/#
Here are a few useful phrases in Spanish for your stay in Quito:
Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: ¡ Buenos días ! (morning) / ¡ Buenas tardes ! (afternoon)
Good evening: Buenas noches
No, thank you: No, gracias
Thank you very much: Muchas gracias
Please: Por favor
I don't understand: No entiendo
Could you repeat ?: ¿ Puede repetir ?
What time is it ?: ¿ Qué hora es ?
Sorry: Disculpe (to say sorry)
Excuse me: Con permiso (to get past) / ¡ Por favor ! (to get attention).
Train station: Estación de trenes
I'm (…): Yo soy (…)
I'm looking for (…): Estoy buscando (…)
How much is (…)?: ¿ Cuál es el precio de (…) ? /¿ Cuánto es ?
Do you have (…)?: ¿ Tiene (…) ?
Where can I find (…)?: ¿ Dónde puedo encontrar (…) ?
Where can I buy (…)?: ¿ Dónde puedo comprar (…) ?
I'd like (…): Quisiera (…).
Service is not always included in the price: if it is not, this must be indicated on the menu. So count an extra 10 to 15% for service. It is also appropriate to leave a small tip to the hotel's baggage handler.