It's the age-old question: What do I bring??
We have found that wherever we may be adventuring, we are the most reassured with the contents of our luggage when we can talk to a friend that has already been to the destination. Let us here at Quito Street Tours be that friend for you! We have compiled a list of essentials for Quito itself and a few other nearby locations, all within the Sierra.
"Summer [spring, summer, and fall] in the city." Layers, layers, layers. Locals love saying that while Ecuador doesn’t really have seasons; Quito experiences every season in one day. Layering is the best way to explore while matching your outfit to the "season."
Raincoat and small foldable umbrella
Sweater or fleece
1 button up
1 or 2 pairs of your favorite jeans or kakis
1 “going out” outfit
Comfortable shoes for walking around the city
A lightweight pair of shoes you can dress up (a little bit) for restaurants, dancing, etc.
Going up...to Pichincha! In addition to the city list, consider bringing the following if you plan to hike Pichincha while you are in Quito:
Land of llamas (and alpacas)! Whether you’re heading to Otavalo for shopping, hiking, or checking out condors, you’ll want to be sure that your warm layers are accessible. Don’t have a good warm layer? That’s ok! You’re going to the right place to buy a cozy Andean sweater...and hat...and gloves....and poncho.
So close yet so far. While Mindo is just two hours away, the lower elevation and cloud forest landscape makes for a whole different world...and much different packing needs. In general, Mindo is warmer and more humid, although it can get a little cooler at night or if it’s rainy.
In addition to what to bring, you might be deciding on what to put it in, too. Many travelers choose between a backpacking backpack and a roller bag.
- Will you be taking taxis to and from your home(s) away from home?
- Will you be staying for at least 2 or 3 nights in each location?
- Do you experience back, neck, hip, leg, or arm pain?
Yes? Then a roller bag is for you!
- Will you be taking busses to and from your home(s) away from home?
- Will you be location-hopping frequently?
- Do you love running like a madman through airports or bus terminals?
Yes? Then pack everything in a backpack!
Happy packing, and even happier traveling! Keep an eye out for our coast and Amazon packing lists too.