Just wondering if Quito has a good walking gear shop where I could get boots if I decide I need them. I'd prefer not to have to lug extra stuff in my pack, specially if I find I wouldn't have much use for strong boots. Also I'll need to buy knee- high wellies and a good mossie net - anyone out there know if I can assume there'll be no problem getting such things in Quito?
Quito is a very commercial city! You can find all kind of accesories there, just like in any developed city. Though, malls are kind of expensive! Be prepare to overpaid.
It's no problem getting such items in Quito, but since it is all American and European import, I'd bring it myself if I were you; saves some money, and then at least you can be sure that you can get exactly what you're looking for.
ok, thanks, so I take it I won't be getting stuff cheaper than in Europe then? I was hoping to avoid the hassle of carrying it (and maybe paying for it if my luggage is overweight because of it). Also, many people have told me that most things are very much cheaper in South America, eg medications etc, but if it's imported from Europe perhaps thats not the case?
got that right; imported goods are as expensive as, or more expensive than, in the country of manufacturing.
Of course SA-made gear is to be had, but from the little experience I have with it, I'd strongly recommend not wasting your money on it. Quality's generally much lower than Euro/US gear.
Thanks, that's very useful to know
If you book for example a tour to the Amazon in Ecuador then you dont need your own boots or raincape,it is included or you can rent it.
I never carry this items with me,I never had to pay extra when I did something unexpected.
I really would not bay this shoes in Quito,as Bentivogli said,good shoes are imported and for the tourists overpriced.