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Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK :
Taking standard safety precautions are recommended in Quito. Exercise common sense and remain vigilant for suspicious behaviour as you would in any other country. Watch out for pickpockets in tourist areas and protect your valuables.
PICKPOCKETS RISK :
Pickpocket and bag and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation, especially on the Trolébus (Metro) in Quito. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you.
MUGGING RISK :
There have been reports of muggings throughout the country, but especially in Quito, Guayaquil, and in remote areas. Though most victims are not physically injured, criminals usually do not hesitate to use force if the target does not cooperate; in case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables. Avoid walking alone after dark. Although kidnapping is not common, express kidnapping involving tourists have occurred in Ecuador. Victims are abducted for a few hours and forced to withdraw money from ATMs in order to be released.
SCAMS RISK :
As in any other country, taxi drivers will try to take advantage of travelers by overcharging them. Bag snatching is common, so make sure you carry your bag facing away from the street and preferably always close to you.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK :
There has been an increase in robberies on public transportation, especially in Quito. Most incidents take place at night and on interstate buses. There are unlicensed taxis in Ecuador, so make sure you pre-arrange a ride or use radio taxis from places like a hotel when possible. Official taxis have orange license plates or white plates with an orange strip on the top and video cameras inside. If you take one in Quito and/or Guayaquil, make sure the vehicle has the municipality registration number sticker displayed on the windscreen and doors.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK :
Expect earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. Rainy season runs from December to May.
TERRORISM RISK :
Terrorist attacks are unlikely in Ecuador. However, they cannot be ruled out. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK :
Many women travel safely without any issues. However, if you are traveling alone, it is important to exercise particular care in crowds, on public transportation, in rural areas, and in isolated sections. Avoid traveling alone after dark. Women may get some unwanted attention from men. There has been an increase of attacks and serious sexual assault in the city of Montañita.