Living in Quito
Quito serves as an excellent starting point for students and
tourists alike who want to see what the most beautiful continent
in the world has to offer.
The city has a number of advantages over the neighboring countries
of Columbia, Peru, Venezuela and Brazil. It is also an
excellent choice for North American and Western European visitors
or students who want to save money on living expenses.
In terms of personal safety, Quito is a safe destination compared
to other South American cities such as Lima, Bogotá,
Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paolo. The incidence of crime is
generally lower in Quito, as it is a smaller city with a population
of approximately 2.1 million people.
Politically, Ecuador in general is much more stable than Venezuela
or Columbia, and has been a fully democratic country with an
elected president since 1975. All Ecuadorians are required
to vote in elections, and many people are politically active
to ensure that the country remains free and democratic.
The cost of living in Quito remains fairly inexpensive compared
to that of living in North America or Western Europe.
The adoption of the American Dollar throughout Ecuador makes
traveling and making purchases easy, and ensures that visitors
from the United States don’t have to pay fees at currency
Restaurant food is generally quite inexpensive, with a traditional
Ecuadorian lunch (almuerzo in Spanish) costing between $1.25 and
$2, with the latter price generally including a dessert.
Dinner can cost anywhere from $2 and up, and can range from
humble fried potatoes (called tortilla), meat and a small salad
to a $20.00 buffet dinner at Café Quito in the Swissôtel..
Short-term accommodation ranges from a very inexpensive $6
a night for a shared room to $150 a night at the Hilton Colon.
Long-term accommodation costs around $300 a month for
a stay at an inexpensive hostel, and starts at around the same price for a fully-furnished
bachelor apartment. A small, unfurnished apartment will
generally cost about half of what an equivalent fully-furnished
apartment will cost.
The cost of transportation in Quito is extremely cheap compared
to North America and Western Europe, with a bus or trolley
ride within the city limits costing only 25 cents each way.
In addition, both of the municipally-operated trolley bus
systems (the Trole Bus and the Ecovia) are integrated with
a network of buses which serve many of the northern communities
At the present time, living and studying in Quito costs less
than the price of tuition alone at an American or British
university. Here you will also have the opportunity to study
under fully-qualified instructors from Great Britain and North
America. Furthermore, you will have the chance to travel to the world’s most
beautiful continent, South America, and see the wealth of natural beauty and cultural heritage that it has to offer.
Applicants are advised to do their own research before planning their trip, as the above prices are subject to change without notice.
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Quito, which lies in the Northern Highlands of Ecuador, is the
second highest capital in Latin America. It lies within 25 km of the equator at an altitude of 2850 meters, giving it a spring-like climate throughout the year.
The Northern Highlands
The Ecuadorian Andes contain some of the most awe-inspring volcanoes in the world. Tours are available to volcanoes such as Mt.Cotopaxi and mountains such as Mt.Chimborazo, the highest in Ecuador.