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Why Fly to Quito?
The Ecuadorian capital of Quito, formally named San Francisco de Quito, presents a harmonious balance between the past and the future. Its historic core is one of the largest and best-preserved in the Western Hemisphere, where many structures date back to the current city’s mid-1500s founding on the site of Incan ruins. Yet just beyond the Old Town is the New Town, a modern and thriving district that entertains the annual influx of tourists with its hip bars, lively music venues, terrific restaurants and busy markets. Cheap flights to Quito and charming local hotels are easy to book, so start planning your trip today and learn what else this exciting South American destination has in store.
Which Airlines Fly to Quito?
International flights into Quito arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), located just five miles from the center of the city. Because the Quito area is so mountainous, the relatively small airport cannot be expanded at its current location, limiting its total flight capacity. Still, twice-daily flights from Miami are available on American and LAN Ecuador, and Continental offers once-daily service from its hub in Houston. Other U.S. cities with nonstop service to Quito include Atlanta, via Delta, and New York, via AeroGal.
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During Quito’s high season, which lasts from early June through late September, airfare tends to be slightly more expensive and last-minute flights may be in short supply.
Quick Travel Guide to Quito
Though there are lots of sights to see and things to do in Quito, the best way to get a handle on your surroundings is to start your trip with the unforgettable cable car ride to the peak of the Pichincha Volcano. The impressive Teleferiqo, one of the world’s highest aerial lifts, will take you on a 40-minute ride to the maddening height of more than 13,400 feet. After savoring the comprehensive view of the city below and the surrounding mountainside, you can go even higher on foot, hiking to the top of the active Guagua Pichincha Volcano.
Back in town, be sure to tour Old Town’s most storied sites like La Compania de Jesus, an intricate and complex Jesuit church dating back to 1605, and Iglesia de San Francisco, the still-standing church that was the first to be built in Quito in 1535. These sites are among the many amazingly well-maintained structures that earned Quito the honor of being named the first UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Though less authentically Ecuadorian, you’ll want to spend at least a day in La Mariscal, the New Town district with several of the most popular bars, clubs and hotels in Quito. It’s a great place to get wired-in at an Internet café or enjoy a delectable meal, and though it has earned the moniker “gringolandia” for being a tourist district, you can still go there to rub elbows with native Quitenos and travelers from around the world.
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