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Arriving in Quito, Ecuador

Updated: Oct 19, 2021

El Centro Historico

How do I get to El Patio Hostel?

After arriving at Quito International Airport (UIO), it’s very easy to get to El Patio Hostel. Outside the airport, you will find plenty of taxis waiting to take you to the city. The cost is about $20-$25, so be sure to have cash on hand to pay your driver (Ecuador uses USD$, so you won’t have to exchange if coming from the United States). The drive is absolutely beautiful, you will have plenty of views on the way. Another option is to take the shuttle bus from the airport which costs $8 per person. During the week, the shuttle is available every 30 minutes, and each hour on the weekends, but check to see what time your flight arrives because service is not available late at night.

Is it safe to travel to Quito during COVID 19?

In planning out my stay, I was apprehensive as a traveler during the pandemic, but after my first couple of days in Quito, I felt perfectly safe. The city has a mask mandate, so people are asked to socially distance themselves and wear masks in all public places. As of September 2021, bars, discos, and restaurants are open for dine-in business, so you won’t have to forego a night out with friends. You'll also find that most establishments provide hand sanitizer, though it's not a bad idea to keep some on hand.

Sunset view from the hostel roof.

What is El Patio Hostel like?

When I arrived at the El Patio hostel, I was graciously welcomed by my host, Cynthia, who showed me my room and made me feel comfortable. The hostel has everything you need! A rooftop garden with views of La Pichincha (volcano), a lovely pergola, a well-equipped kitchen, and a cozy living room with plenty of movies. What makes El Patio Hostel even better is the location. Located in the Mariscal District, you are surrounded by restaurants, shops and are within walking distance of major city sites, such as El Jardín Botanico, Parque de Guápolo and El Centro Histórico. The city is waiting, don’t hesitate, just go and see for yourself!

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