What to pack for Quito?

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There is a common saying in Ecuador that says, “No hay cielo como el de Quito” (There is no sky like that of Quito). Often, it is taken to mean that as easily as you may get sun throughout the day, it can change in an instant to cloud cover and rain. Regardless, the views are spectacular and the people are welcoming. Your experience in this place can be magical. With this in mind, we’ve prepared a sort of checklist of items that we recommend you pack for your trip to Quito. Most importantly, we recommend that you put less stock in weather apps and instead focus on being prepared with numerous layers and items so that you can adjust on the fly and remain comfortable all day long.

Ultimate packing list for Quito
Here you’ll find accurate recommendations about what to pack for Quito’s Old Town.

Top 5 6 Essentials

Essential Item #1 – The Face Mask
Casa Gangotena is dedicated to providing a safe and healthful environment for all personnel and guests. In order to make this a reality, we must each do our part by wearing a face mask and following all safety measures and protocols. This is for everyone’s benefit. Thank you.
Hat and Sunscreen The sun is rather strong along the equator and it’s a good idea to be prepared for sunny weather. We find that a hat and some sunscreen offer you the perfect amount of protection.
Camera and Accesories With so much to see and experience, taking photos or video is a great way to remember it all. We recommend you pack your camera and/or video camera, along with all of the memory cards and batteries or chargers you may need.
Water bottle By packing a reusable water bottle or cantina, you’ll be doing your part to do away with waste as a result of purchasing plastic bottled beverages. You’ll also be able to save! At Casa Gangotena, we’ll be more than happy to fill up your bottle with filtered water.
Dress in Layers Given that temperatures in Quito are fairly mild, but varied, it’s a good idea to dress in layers. A light shirt, a long sleeve shirt, sweater, or jacket; these are all good options to bring with you. You’ll be prepared for whatever the weather has in store on the day.
Comfortable Shoes Being that Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel is in the heart of the Old Town, packing a pair of comfortable walking shoes allows you to explore everything in the vicinity of the hotel. These are also perfect to wear when embarking on our Guest-exclusive activities.

Additional Recommended Items

Light Raincoat Weather in Quito is a bit unpredictable. Rain can occur even when it hasn’t been forecast. Accordingly, we recommend you bring a light raincoat.
Umbrella Similarly, a portable umbrella is a great item to carry with you if you’re heading out to explore the Historic Center of Quito and surrounding areas.
Water coat or Jacket In the evening and in the early morning, it can get a little chilly. Packing a warm coat or jacket is an ideal way to stay comfortable just as the temperature drops a bit as the sun goes down and right before it comes up.

Quito is one of the world’s first Cultural Heritage Sites, declared by UNESCO in 1978. It’s certainly a treat for those who want to explore a city full of history and art. Don’t just add it to your bucket list, start planning your vacations!

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