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SPE Applying the Best Technologies in Extremely Sensitive Environments Workshop

27 – 29 May 2014

Quito, Ecuador | JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Accommodations and Travel


JW Marriott Hotel Quito
Orellana 1172 y Av. Amazonas
Quito, Ecuador
Phone: (593) 2 297-2000
Fax: (593) 2 297-2050
Toll-free: 0 01 800 010 723

Directions: From Mariscal Sucre International Airport, turn left onto Amazonas Ave. and continue south for approximately 5 miles. At Orellana Ave., turn left. The hotel is on the corner.


SPE has appointed Metropolitan Touring Ecuador as the travel agency for this workshop. You can arrange your transfer from the airport to the hotel, and tours with: 

Irene Valverde 
Av. De las Palmeras N45-74 y De las Orquideas 
Phone: (593-2) 2990 600 ext 2250 
Cel: (593-9) 99972 0735 
Fax: (593-2) 334-1360 
Email: Valverde Irene at ivalverde@mtagencia.com

About Quito

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 10,000 ft. (850 m). Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic center in Latin America. The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the 'Baroque school of Quito', which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish, and indigenous art. With a population of 2,239,191 according to the last census (2010), Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil.

Quito, along with Kraków, were the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978. The central square of Quito is located about 25 kilometres (16 mi) south of the equator; the city itself extends to within about 1 kilometer (0.62 mi) of zero latitude. A monument and museum marking the general location of the equator is known locally as la mitad del mundo (the middle of the world), to avoid confusion, as the word ecuador is Spanish for equator. (whc.unesco.org/en/list/2; www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quito)


Mariscal Sucre International Airport (IATA: UIO, ICAO: SEQM) serves as the city's principal airport for passenger travel and freight. The airport is located 18 kilometres (11 mi) east of the city's center in the Tababela parish. It began operations on February 20, 2013, replacing the Old Mariscal Sucre International Airport.


Under the Köppen climate classification, Quito has a subtropical highland climate (Cfb). Because of its elevation and its proximity to the equator, Quito has a fairly constant cool climate, with spring-like weather year-round. The average temperature at noon is 18.7 °C (65.7 °F) with a normal night-time low of 9.3 °C (48.7 °F). The city experiences only two seasons: dry and wet. The dry season, June through September is referred to as summer; the wet season, October through May, is referred to as winter.


The present currency of Ecuador is the United States dollar.

Visa and Passport Requirements

Attendees are strongly advised to ensure they fulfill all legal requirements to enter Ecuador.
Besides a valid passport, an entry visa and invitation letter may also be required.

SPE offers an official invitation letter to assist you in the visa process upon registration confirmation. If you need to request a visa letter, please contact Bienor Melo or Victoria Muñoz-Vivero
at lac@spe.org.

Note: It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to Ecudor. This letter does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SPE to assist you in obtaining a visa. SPE will not pay any expenses incurred by you. We cannot send the letter to the embassy or consulate for you, nor can SPE contact the embassy or consulate on your behalf.

Travel Safety Tips

When traveling, as in any major city, take certain precautions whether you are traveling or exploring the city. Here are some general tips to help make the most of your trip:

  • Lock up your valuables. Hotels provide safety deposit boxes in their rooms. It’s recommended that jewelry, airline tickets, money, and any important documents be stored in the hotel safe.
  • Ecuador has 120/127 V; Plugs A & B.
  • Try not to use mobile telephones in the street and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep cameras and video recorders out of plain sight. Avoid wearing excessive jewelry, carrying any valuables, or large amounts of cash.
  • Use credit cards where possible. Your wallet should contain your ID, credit cards, and a minimal amount of cash.
  • Withdraw cash from ATMs that are inside your hotel, banks or commercial centers. 
  • Notify hotel management as soon as possible in the event of a lost or stolen room key card.
  • Travel in a group and plan your itinerary before leaving the hotel to ensure you make it to your destination smoothly. If you get lost, call a taxi to take you to your destination. Your hotel can recommend a reputable taxi company.
  • Keep an eye on your luggage.
  • Exchange currency in shops or at the hotel’s front desk.
  • Bring a light jacket or sweater because some buildings and restaurants can be a little cool with the air conditioner.
  • Tip 10% of the bill unless a service fee is included; additional small amounts are appreciated. Round up fare for taxi drivers.