1. Stay in groups.
Crimes most often committed against tourists throughout Ecuador are carried out at night against individuals who are alone. Limit your walking at night to patrolled areas, and stay in a group when doing so. Remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings when you are out.
2. Avoid areas at night.
Avoid areas at night: The Mariscal Sucre area is a nightlife destination frequented by tourists and locals alike. Visiting the area offers the opportunity to dance the night away, but understand that criminals frequent the area as well. Stay within the police-patrolled area, and do not stray into other areas.
3. Limit use of credit cards.
Limit use of credit cards: Credit card crime is on the rise in Ecuador, even in restaurants and bars where you might think your card is safe. Be sure to notify your credit card company about your travels, and check your statements throughout your time in Ecuador to ensure your card has not been compromised.
4. Use official taxis.
Use official taxis: Stay safe by only using official taxis. Hailing cabs from the street or using unofficial taxis is the quickest way to put yourself at risk of robbery, assault, or worse. Exercise extreme caution at all times when using taxis.