When To Go
The capital is an all-year destination. Lying at 2,850m on the Equator, Quito has a year round spring-like climate. Most days have a sunny morning but there may be rain in the afternoon. Feb-Mar are the wettest months, Jul the driest.
For more detailed information visit our When To Go section.
Getting Local Currency
Ecuador uses the US dollar. Notes can be withdrawn from the many ATMs using a UK credit or debit card.
GMT -5 hrs.
A visit to Otavalo market in the northern highlands, 58km (1-2hrs by road); the bird-filled cloud forest in the Mindo region, 100km (1hr 40mins by road); the Avenue of the Volcanoes, 77km (2hrs by road); the Galápagos Islands, (2-3hrs by air).
Average flight time is 15 hrs. There are no direct flights from the UK to Ecuador, popular routes to Quito involve a change of plane in Amsterdam, Paris or Madrid.
Dia de Quito: Quito, 6 Dec. The city’s own festival is actually celebrated from 1st Dec, with parades, street music and bullfights, right up until the fiesta’s climax on 6th. It can be quite boisterous.
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