Cheap Flights to Quito
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, sits at a towering 9,350 feet above sea level and is nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Several volcanoes, including the active Pichincha volcano, are visible from the city, and the nearby nature reserves draw many visitors to explore local flora and fauna.
Mariscal Sucre International Airport is about 11 miles due east of Quito although the trip takes about an hour because it requires taking a ride around the city's highways. Traveling from the airport to your hotel can give you a great view of the rolling landscape, the historic buildings and the new high rises that dot many neighborhoods.
Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO)
This airport opened in 2013, and it greets visitors from major cities in Central and South America as well as U.S. cities like Houston and Miami. Flights to Quito are operated by several major airlines, including Delta, United, American, Aeromexico and LAN Airlines. There is just one terminal at this airport, making it easy to find your way around.
Ground transportation is plentiful. Taxis to and from the downtown area can run between $25 and $45. A coach service costs $8 per person, and the public bus costs $2 per person.
Attractions in Quito
The Historic Centre of Quito was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visitors can see hundreds of well-preserved buildings featuring classic architecture. Carondelet Palace, the main government building, is located in the middle of Plaza Grande. Nearby are the Archbishop's Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral and several other churches that were first built in the 1500s and 1600s. To learn more about the history and culture of Quito, you can plan a visit to the Museo de la Ciudad, which is just south of the Plaza.
You can venture just a bit of out of town to see the active volcanoes that border the region. If you want to get up close, hike partway up the Pululahua or the Illiniza volcanoes. You can also see a diverse group of animals and plants at the Maquipucuna Reserve and the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve.
In the evening when you'd like to unwind, you can dine in any number of restaurants in La Mariscal district. Many hotels are located here in the northern part of town or closer to the city center.
Quito Travel Tips
Because of its location so close to the equator, Quito experiences very steady temperatures year-round. Highs are typically around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and lows drop to around 50 degrees. The major holidays of Easter and Christmas are accompanied by lively community events, and Independence Day on December 6 features military parades and cultural exhibitions.
Locals and visitors in Quito enjoy live music, which can make for the perfect evening when paired with authentic Andean cuisine. Many casual restaurants have seafood and farm-to-table dishes for less than $10 per person. The city has plenty of bars and clubs for any travelers who are looking for after-dinner entertainment.