The city is narrow and elongated, located at the west side of Los Andes, the well-known south american mountain range. Quito has a fluctuating climate: it can go from 77 Fahrenheit degrees in the morning to 50 degrees at night. It is recommended for you to carry around an overcoat in your bag or backpack (even on sunny days), because of the unpredictable climate. An additional fact to take into account: the dry season is usually expected from May to September while the rainy one extends from October to December.
The Metropolitan District of Quito has tourist safety and assistance programs, which integrate the National Police and Metropolitan Police through their tourist service units.
These institutions work jointly to safeguard the city and allow visitors to enjoy a pleasant and inconvenience free stay.
Generally speaking, Quito is a very safe city. Walking its streets, visiting its tourist attractions, and traveling to its different parishes are low risk activities.
Just like in other cities around the world, in Quito it is necessary to take certain precautions so that you can make the most of your visit, which is why we suggest you consider the following recommendations while here:
- Take care of your personal items. Always carry your ID in a secret pocket, (always have some sort of ID with you), keep your valuables in a safe place.
- Leave any documents and important valuables back at your hotel (request a hotel safe).
- Avoid carrying large sums of money. It is preferable to use credit cards.
- Do not take advertisements from unknown persons on the street.
- Do not exchange money on the street. It is better to do so at a bank, exchange office or at the hotel where you are staying.
- Arrange your trips with tourism agencies known to the hotel where you’re staying.
- Keep the service hours of those attractions you want to visit in mind.
- Take special care in places with large groups of people: on public transport, large entertainment venues, and shopping malls or markets.
- Avoid walking in squares or down streets that are deserted. Stick to tourist areas when visiting the historic district.
- If you have to cancel credit cards, call: American Express: 1 800 528 4800 Visa: 1 303 967 1096 (collect call) MasterCard: 1 636 722 7111 (collect call).
- Tourists can report assaults, loss or theft of documents , luggage online at the following link: http://www.gestiondefiscalias.gob.ec/rtourist/