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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Stay warm in Quito. March 2012

When you come to visit or retire to Ecuador (mountain area) - keep in mind that:  First - it is not hot or even too warm in the mountain area.  Second - floors in the apartments here are mostly laminated, wood or tile.  Third - never, ever rent or buy on the first floor of apartment buildings.  For some reason, it is much colder on the first floor in the mountain area.

Sometimes in Quito we have cold streaks, temperature is as low as 50-60 in the day time. Usually it is 60 - 75 F daytime and 50 - 60 F nighttime. When it happens - the sun is rarely out and it is rainy. And Quito houses and apartments don't have heating (or air-conditioning).
What to do?
Stock up on flannel pajamas and nice slippers, cardigans, sport jackets and sport pants.

Goose down comforters
A goose down comforter is not a luxury in Quito, it is a necessity!
You don't have to bring one with you.  In Quito, goose down comforters are sold at Noperti, Todo Hogar and store SuCasa en Mall El Jardin.
Depending on size and thickness, the comforters cost anywhere from $90 and up to $400.  Good pillows start at $10 and up.

Heaters
There are lots of electrical heaters for sale in Quito's stores, but keep in mind that your electrical bill will be high. Usually our electrical bill at La Ronda is $10 - $14, when our renters buy and use electrical heaters it is up to $40.
It is better to buy compact gas heaters. They cost $110 -$130 in MegaKiwi. Not always in stock, though.  Empty gas tanks cost $55 -$65.


 



Monthly rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
We have a 2 bedroom, 1 bath totally remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent.
For booking, pictures and more info
http://quitorental.blogspot.com



Monthly rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.3 bedroom, 1 bath remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent.
For booking, pictures and more info
http://quitorental2.blogspot.com