Quito, Ecuador – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

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.

POPULATION: 2,500,000


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RENT AN APARTMENT IN QUITO

$600.00 will get something close to Plaza Foch.

 

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. 

 

 COST OF LIVING IN QUITO

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You’ll need a minimum of $1041 USD/month to live in Quito, Ecuador

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IS QUITO SAFE?

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. 

 

QUITO, ECUADOR: FINAL THOUGHTS

Meh. Didn’t do much for me. 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. Quito – and Ecuador in general – is quite a tough sell when you have Colombia next door, the latter which boasts lower prices and hotter women. Quito is a similar looking city to Bogota, and most of my readers would be happier in Bogota.


OVERALL RATING: 6/10 


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