Parque La Carolina in Quito, Ecuador
By Joshua Wood, LPC
Last updated on Feb 11, 2022
With a population of approximately 2.5 million, Quito has some big city problems like traffic and pollution. But, expats and digital nomads appreciate that Quito still has a small city feel, a low cost of living and year-round temperatures in 50-60s. Plus, it's easy to get out of the city on the weekends to enjoy the fresh mountain air.
What do I need to know about living in Quito?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Quito, they said:
"Be prepared for pollution and robbery problems. Quito also has a large traffic issue and makes it hard to get around at busy hours of the day. The altitude is sometimes hard for people with asthma or the elderly.
In general, it's still a small city and has a friendly welcoming attitude. It's easy to get away on weekends and go to the mountains for fresh air. The night life is fun and exciting in the mariscal area.
I would research the city really well before renting or buying. Find the safer neighborhoods like Quito, Tenis or Gonzalez Suarez where there are many other expats,"
added another expat who made the move to Quito.
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