Email & Internet
Internet is available anywhere in the Metropolitan District of Quito. Hundreds of Café Nets offer this service; Quito and Guayaquil are benefited with a quality of optimal navigation and with international standards. The rates are less than $1,00 per hour. Some hotels also offer the service within their facilities and others have the option of wireless connection to use with your personal computer.
Net2Phone, Skype and other VOIP services
Is a service that allows you to make calls from a computer to the U.S.A., Canada, Spain and some other countries in South America and Europe. The service is available in almost every Café Nets of the city. The price is very comfortable but the quality of the communication is not very good.
Mass media: Radio, Television and Newspapers
The main media of Ecuador are radio, television and newspapers. The most prestigious radio stations are: Concert 90,5 FM, Columbus 98,9 FM, San Francisco 106,9 FM, Centro 97,7 FM, Vision 91,7 FM, with varied programming. If you're looking for classic rock you can tune into Proyección 98.1 FM or Kiss 105.3. In A.M., the most popular radio is Radio Quito.
As to television, the main channels are: Ecuavisa, Teleamazonas, Gamavisión, Canal Uno, Telesistema, where you can find news, sports and entertainment. There is also cable television, the main companies are: TV Cable, Direct TV and Univisa. Each company offers different packages with prices according to the amount of channels that you get.
The main newspapers in the country are: El Comercio, El Hoy of Quito, El Universo of Guayaquil, Mercurio of Cuenca. You can also find International newspapers, like the Miami Herald and the Times in the city.
What activities can be done in Quito?
There are cultural, historic and fun things to do in Quito. The Middle of the World Monument, the Historic Center, the Panecillo, The "Teleferico" and neighbouring populations are the main centers of tourism. Quito has in addition several main parks, where sports can be practiced, artists sell their work, and you can row boats or rent horses.
There are also movie theatres showing the latest films, Latin American cinema festivals, European art and others. There are several great shopping centers, many excellent restaurants, cafeterias, art galleries and different shows. The nightlife of Quito is very active, especially during the weekends. Visit our Quito Entertainment Guide, for more details.
Architecture in Quito
In 1978, UNESCO declared the Historical Center of Quito, a Cultural Mankind Heritage for it's preserved traditional architecture. The Historical Center of Quito, one of greatest of Latin America, is full of narrow streets and large balconies. The true jewel of the colonial sector is the history of the houses, churches, museums and temples; all these constructed over old pre-Incas and Incas structures. The history of Ecuador and its Spanish domination can be appraised in the walls of the Historical Center that show the indigenous and Spanish beliefs beautifully expressed. To visit the Churches of Quito is a great example of Cultural Tourism .
Transportation in Quito
Transportation in Ecuador is one of the cheapest in Latin America. Being a small city, Quito is an ideal city to visit by bus. There are three integrated systems for urban transport: Trolebús, Ecovía and Metrobus, which will take you from one side to the other. In addition, there are other bus lines covering the smaller streets. The cost of this transportation is $0.25. There is also bus transport that takes you outside the city and the cost depends on the distance, but with a maximum of $1.00. In addition, Quito has ample taxi service 24 hours a day. All taxis have a taximeter, the starting cost is of $0,35 and the minimum cost is $1.00. For more information, visit the section of Transport in Quito.
Security in Quito
Quito is a city that provides security for all visitors, and is free of dangerous situations like war that other nations face. The National Police and Metropolitan Police are distributed in most of the tourist sectors of the city and in the more vulnerable areas with the purpose of offering security and information. However, we recommend following basic norms of security to feel safer.
Avoid places where there aren't any people walking alone during nocturnal hours and hide objects of value and money. Keep your eyes opened for any irregular situations and if you feel uncomfortable, request for help.
Numbers in case of emergency
- National Police: 101
- Emergency: 911
- Firemen: 102
- Information: 104
- Time: 109
- The Red Cross: 131
- Civil defense: (04) 2 469 009
- Electric Company: 136/(02) 2 254 605
- Water Company: (02) 2 501 375
- Airport: (02) 2 944 900/02 2 440 080
- Municipal Information center: 1800 456 789
- OID (Office of Investigation and Delinquency): (02) 2 550 918