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Quito Altitude in feet

Quito Altitude in feet

Lucía Cazar
March 12, 2024

Quito the Ecuador´s Capital sits high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 9,350 feet/ 2,850 meters. Constructed on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, it’s known for its well-preserved colonial center, rich with 16th- and 17th-century churches and other structures blending European, Moorish and indigenous styles. These include the cathedral, in the Plaza Grande square, and ultra-ornate Compañia de Jesús Jesuit church. It was also declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

It is the second highest capital in the world, after La Paz in Bolivia. The main advantage of Quito's high elevation is the mild, spring-like temperature all year round, although the weather in the Andean city is quite unpredictable, proof of which is that you can experience all four seasons of the year in a single day.

We are in the middle of the world which means that the sun's rays fall directly compared to other cities in the world.

You can buy your fixed departure tour on the website, most tours start in Quito, the Capital of Ecuador.

Quito Altitude in feet

Altitude Sickness

Altitude Sickness

Many people do not feel adverse effects from the altitude, this sickness is most common at elevations above 3,500 m. The best advice is to take it easy on your first day, especially if you are flying directly from sea level. Rest, avoid unnecessary physical exertion, or take a nap. Above all, don't worry - you may not see any symptoms or, at worst, they will be mild and temporary.

Light meals that are easy to digest, avoiding red meat for a day or two. Extra carbs can also help boost energy if you're feeling run down.

  • Altitude Medication

    • The acetazolamide contained in Diamox can be purchased under the name Glaucomed in Ecuador.

    • Gingko Biloba supplement natural medication.

    • Natural remedies like coca tea.

Final Recommendations

  • Hydration is really important at altitude; we recommend drinking 3 liters of water a day to avoid headaches.

  • Only if you feel bad but I consider that it won´t happen go to the doctor or hospital

  • Chocolate and sugar are also great energy and morale boosters.

  • Apply sunscreen constantly

Quito Altitude in feet

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