Solo Female Travel in Quito

Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, takes its place proudly nestled in the Andean highlands, at an altitude of around 2,850 meters, making it the second highest capital city in the world. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quito is renowned for its well-preserved colonial center, rich with 16th and 17th century churches and other structures blending indigenous and European influences. Its prime geographical location offers breathtaking views of snow-capped volcanoes that surround it. Quito also serves as the gateway to the Galapagos Islands and the equator, marking it as a unique blend of natural and historical wonders. The city is also famed for its vibrant culture, friendly locals, exquisite cuisine and vibrant markets, making it a must-visit destination for travelers worldwide.

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Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, offers diverse experiences. However, safety can be a concern. While most areas are safe during the day, certain neighborhoods can be risky, especially at night. Norm precautions such as avoiding isolated areas, not displaying valuable items openly and using only certified transportation services should be taken. It's recommended to get local advice on safe areas to visit. Despite these concerns, local people are generally friendly and willing to help.


Moving around Quito can be a moderate challenge for solo female travelers. While the city offers various modes of transportation such as taxis and buses, the language barrier can be a slight issue if you don't speak Spanish. Although it is generally safe, it's still important to always be cautious about your personal belongings due to the risk of petty theft.

Things to do:Interesting

Quito is bustling with various engaging activities. It houses well-preserved historic sites, such as the stunning Basilica del Voto Nacional and the captivating Old Town. Art enthusiasts can visit the Guayasamin Museum, which showcases exceptional artwork. Nature lovers can enjoy hiking in the TeleferiQo and exploring the amazing wildlife at the Maquipucuna Reserve. However, despite the selection of activities and sights, cultural differences related to safety may somewhat limit the freedom of exploration for solo female travelers.

Food:Above average

Quito's food scene offers a vibrant array of traditional Ecuadorean dishes, South American cuisine, and international fare. You'd be delighted to find this city as a hidden gem for food lovers. From street food like empanadas to high-end delicacies including ceviche and locro soup, the culinary diversity is impressive. Fresh fruit juices are where Quito truly shines, with exotic fruits you might not find elsewhere. Despite the rich assortment, if you have particular dietary requirements, such as being vegan or gluten-free, options may be limited.


Quito is quite affordable by Western standards. Everyday expenses such as meals, transportation and accommodation can be surprisingly cheap. Local food can cost just a couple of dollars and a bus ticket is even less. Even upscale, quality restaurants are often available at a fraction of the price compared to similar establishments in other developed countries. Accommodation can range from budget hostels to luxurious hotels, with prices tailored to various budgets. The entrance fees to most city attractions are also relatively inexpensive. However, import goods and certain tourist activities might be more costly.

Is Quito worth visiting?

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3.5 /5

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I went to Quito for 9 days alone. I walked around and participated in a group tour to Quilotoa during my stay, but I felt safe walking around all of Quito. I rode the city bus, and also to the markets. I also used a few taxis, everything there was so cheap and I had a great time.

Posted: April 17, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I spent 4 days in Quito on my own. I was warned about safety a few times, but I was just extra vigilant and had no problems. There was a lot of police and security in popular places. I took a free city walk, which I liked and it helped me to orient myself. I did two day trips from the city to Otavalo and Mindo. I liked Mindo, but Otavalo did not impress me.

Posted: November 20, 2022
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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I visited Quito as a solo travelling woman and felt safe. I walked/rode the bus around the entire city and had a wonderful time. If you do not speak Spanish, it might present some challenges, but it is not entirely impossible to cope. I fell in love with Ecuador and really want to return there again. My main advice for other solo travellers would be to use drivers/taxis booked by your accommodation, as I was repeatedly advised not to hail taxis on the street and to take care of my belongings while using public transportation.

Posted: November 5, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 3/5
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