The central square of Quito is located about 25 km south of the equator; the city itself extends to within about 1 km of zero latitude.
The average temperature at noon is 18.7 °C (65.7 °F) with a normal night-time low of 9.3 °C (48.7 °F). The annual average temperature is 14 °C (57 °F).
Throughout the year, the city is considered to have two seasons: winter and summer.
Winter is usually very rainy, specially during the month of April. Once the sun goes down it can get downright cold, so dressing in layers just in case is a good idea.
A common first time visitor's mistake is assuming that since the city is near the equator, the climate is going to be really hot, and doesn't bring along warmer clothes. Be prepared to speak some basic Spanish in order to get along.
Quito, formally San Francisco de Quito, is the capital city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 9,350 feet (2,800 meters above sea level), it is the highest official capital city in the world.
Located in Ecuador, South America, Quito is situated in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha Volcano, an active stratovolcano in the Andes mountains.
With a population of 2,671,191 according to the last census (2014), Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil.
It is also the capital of the Pichincha Province and the seat of the Quito Canton|Metropolitan District of Quito.
In 2008, the city was designated as the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations, UNASUR.
Quito, a beautiful city and capital of Ecuador, offers great cultural activity throughout its districts and is a great starting point for visits to the rest of Ecuador.
The historic center of Quito has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas, and is undoubtedly one of the cities main tourist attractions.