Altitude, Climate, Time Difference, Language
Quito is located at 2.850 meters over sea level. People that are in a good state of health can tolerate this altitude easily. You will notice the altitude when you walk fast or go upstairs. During the first days it’s not recommended to do sports that require a high physical effort.
During the whole year the temperatures are practically the same, which means in warm days between 15 and 24 degrees and in cold nights between 8 and 10 degrees.
The time difference between Ecuador and central Europe is 6 hours in the winter and 7 hours in the summer. In the winter when it is 12 a.m. in Europe, in Ecuador it is 6 o’clock in the morning and in the summer 5 o’clock in the morning. In the Galápagos it is even one hour earlier.
Spanish is Ecuador’s official language. Quechua, the Inca’s language, is also spoken in the Sierra. In the Amazon zones they speak different Indian languages. English is also spoken in the most important tourist zones as well as in a lot of hotels.