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Things That Are More And Less Expensive In Quito

Quito's thousands and thousands of stores and markets sell nearly everything you will need, but the prices can be very different from what you're used to paying at home. Some things are a fair bit cheaper, while others are far more expensive.

Things That are Cheaper in Quito

The best deals in Quito are probably on fruits, vegetables and (non-imported) alcohol. Whether you are shopping in the local markets or at a Supermaxi supermarket, fresh produce costs a fraction of what it does in North American and Europe. Similarly, alcohol, both in supermarkets and bars, is much cheaper in Quito than most visitors are used to. Gasoline is incredibly cheap.

Things That are More Expensive in Quito

Electronics and clothing tend to be pricier in Quito than they are back home, especially if they have to be imported from the US or Europe. In the supermarkets, processed foods that are imported into the country tend to be more expensive— welcome to the land of $7 peanut butter. Some specialized toiletry products, like contact lens solution, are also more expensive in Quito.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Quito: Buying Beauty Products , When To Go To Quito and Clothing Issues .

By Nick Rosen
A staff-writer here at V!VA's offices in Ecuador, I came to Quito after having worked on public health and development projects in Africa. Naturally,...
07 Nov 2013

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