jlp asked in TravelLatin AmericaEcuador · 7 years ago

Currency in Quito Ecuador?

Spending 3 days in Quito staying at the JW Marriott. Is US currency used or should we put everything on our credit card and settle up when we get back to the US............anyone from Quito.........less expensive restaurants close by?

Thanks.......

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  • 7 years ago
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    Ecuador uses the US dollar as currency. Depending upon where you are, they will not have the ubiquitous machines that we have in the US, so cash will be necessary.

    Most counterfeit US currency is OUTSIDE of the US. Keep a counterfeit pen, or some REAL bills so you can compare. But don't be too paranoid. Just don't bring any of it back.

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  • 7 years ago

    They have used the US dollar in Ecuador since 2000. However, you should be wary using your credit cards because some weasel banks will still charge a currency transaction fee since the transaction takes places outside of the United States.

    And if that wasn't bad enough, you are more likely to encounter counterfeit US currency outside of the US than you are in the US. So you will want to double check the bills that you get back in change.

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  • 4 years ago

    I live here and it is like any other big city. Yes, there is a chance that you get mugged but as in any other city. As safety tips: Leave your passport, air ticket and extra money in the safety box from thee hotel. Bring a copy of your passport with you. If you want to get money from the ATM look for a mall or a place with security in the building. If you want to get money with a AMEX there is just 1 bank that gives you money. Street with a few people become dangerous and from 7pm until 6am it is better to take a cab if you intend to have a long walk do it in the morning. Parks are not safe at all at night. There is a nice street in which there are cafes is a place to hang out it is calles "Plaza Foch" in a neighbourhood called "La mariscal" Very important bring paper money 1 - 5 - 10. High denomination paper money is very diffucult to get change an don´t show how much money you have. Make a budget on how much you pretend to spend each day and bring that with you. It is not a problem here and it is a really nice city. I hope you enjoy your stay here.

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  • OC
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    7 years ago

    Hi there,

    The whole country of Ecuador uses only the U.S. Dollar as there only currency.

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