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Pros and Cons of Living in Quito

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 11, 2022

Summary: Expats, retirees and digital nomads discuss the pros and cons of living in Quito, Ecuador. Quito's pros list includes: 12 months of spring-like weather, a low cost of living and the city's historic district (the first place to be named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979). The cons list includes: pollution, traffic and government bureaucracy.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Quito?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Quito responded:

"My wife and I live in north Quito, near the old airport. We really like this area because we are a short drive to downtown, close to a few malls, within walking distance to a great supermarket and a public park and many nice restaurants. We both love the old historic part of the city and we're only a 15 minute drive away. We go regularly and check-in to a hotel and spend the weekend there. It's like a little mini-vacation for us," said another expat in living in Quito, Ecuador.

"I love Ecuador. I find that dealing with government bureaucracy is frustratingly time consuming, but I only have to renew my visa once every five years," added another expat in Quito.

"I like the cosmopolitan feel of Quito. City easy to navigate. Convenient national and international travel. I am worried about the rise in crime and the appearance of the cartels," explained one expat living in Quito.

"I like the Golf and cost of living. I don't like the traffic and a good percentage of the people," said another in Quito.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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