The elevation of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, is approximately 9,350 feet, according to Ecuador Explorer. Quito is located in a long, narrow valley in the Andes between the Volcano Pinchincha to the west and the canyon of the Machangara River to the east.

Ecuador has some of the highest mountains and volcanoes in the world, and visitors to Quito might experience altitude sickness due to the sudden change in altitude over a relatively short time. In order to reduce the effects of altitude sickness, it is recommended that the ascent be made gradually in order to give the body time to adjust to the altitude change.