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Visitor Info

About Our Host City and Country: Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador, nestled in the Andean foothills, is renowned for its rich history, stunning natural landscapes, and remarkable biodiversity. As the second-highest capital city in the world, Quito boasts a unique blend of historic charm and modern vibrancy.

One of the most compelling reasons to visit Quito is its unparalleled access to Ecuador's natural wonders. Just a short drive from the city, visitors can explore the Andes Mountains, cloud forests, and incredible biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest. The city itself is surrounded by volcanoes, providing ample opportunities for hiking and adventure sports.

In addition to its natural splendor, Quito is home to a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, where cobblestone streets wind past ornate churches, and charming plazas. The city's historic center offers a glimpse into its rich cultural heritage, with museums, art galleries, and markets showcasing indigenous crafts and cuisine.

Quito also serves as a gateway to the Galápagos Islands, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a variety of evolutionary wonders. From exploring pristine beaches to encountering unique wildlife like giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, a trip to the Galápagos Islands is an unforgettable adventure.

Traveling to Quito

For those traveling to Quito from other areas or who are unfamiliar with the area, the local organizing committee has developed the following resources:

Airport and Local Transportation

Transportation to-and-from the Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre (UIO), includes information about Ride App services, car rental facilities, licensed taxis, and public transportation.
Información del camión


If you are planning on driving into the conference, you can find a list of public parking lots here. Some of these parking lots will offer overnight parking but not all.
Note: The Gage Suites, our conference’s on-site, UBC accommodations, provides parking for their customers/guests.

VISA/International Travel

If you are a foreign citizen you must have : Valid and valid passport (valid for 6 months), ID card or DNI citizens of South America, Check if you need to present a visa to enter Ecuador.

If you are a citizen of the Andean Community you will be able to enter with: National Identity Card or National Identity Document. 

If you are Ecuadorian citizen you must present:

Passport, Identity card, Emergency passport, Safe conduct

For some additional resources, please refer to  finding out if you need a visa to travel to Ecuador, entry requirements by country or territory, and business visitors attending meetings, events and conferences in Ecuador.https://ecuador.travel/en/travel-safe/

*If you need a Letter of Invitation (also known as a Conference Invitation Letter) for visa-application purposes, please contact scblacacongress@gmail.com with your request.


Quito typically enjoys a constant cool climate with only a dry and a we season. Days are warm, but nights can be chilly. Expect rain in November. 

We recommend packing and dressing with light layers in mind. Be sure to pack comfortable shoes, as most field trips will involve a lot of walking.

Average Temperature in November in Quito:

November average high: 19 C
November average low: 9 C