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“Great view of the city”
Review of Teleferico Quito

Teleferico Quito
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Half Day Quito City Tour
Ranked #10 of 224 things to do in Quito
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 21 February 2018

Took the cable car ride to observation area at ~4000m. The views of the city and nearby peak were spectacular! There is almost no litter.If you walk around the observation area or that the hike towards the peak, be aware of altitude sickness. 2 of our party were seniors and had mild headache and shortness of breath that resolved with acetazolamide(prescription).

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Reviewed 21 February 2018

If you want to get tremendous views of Quito, Ecuador, the Teleferico is definitely a great way to do it. The Teleferico is a cable car that takes you up the Pichincha volcano. Once the cable car drops you off, there is the opportunity to continue hiking even farther up the side of the mountain. In addition to views of Quito, if the weather is clear enough, you can see other volcanoes in the distance like Cayambe and Cotopaxi.

Hiking at such high altitudes is definitely difficult and can easily take your breath away. It is strange for us, who live in Colorado, to see plants and trees growing at heights as high as 14,000 feet (4,270 meters). The tree line here starts at about 11,000 feet (3,350 meters) at which point the air is too thin for anything to grow. We assume that it is likely due to the high humidity in South America and the Andes mountains that allows plants to grow at such altitudes.

Even if you don’t decide to hike up towards Bear Cave, the views from the top of the Teleferico are worth seeing if you are visiting Quito. The cable car ride itself is quite steep, so if you have a fear of heights you should try to sit so that you are looking up at the side of the mountain and not down. If you are able to, though, sitting so that you look back at Quito as you climb higher and higher provides amazing views. It is often foggy and cloudy in Ecuador, so if you are able to time your trip for a clear day, you will be rewarded with spectacular scenery.

Thank livingtheqlife
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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Had to wait 20 minutes, but a very nice ride up and gorgeous views before the clouds rolled in. A bit cool up there, so bring a jacket. And they allow dogs but for an extra fee.

Thank db914
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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Great place to visit for spectacular views over the city and beautiful surrounding countryside (and clouds!!)

Thank knittingmonkey
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

This is a great experience whether you're interested in high views of Quito or plants of the paramo (high grasslands above the treeline). It can be quite cool and windy so bring a jacket and rain gear in case of sprinkles. The restaurant is ok and it does cost 50 cents to use the bano, so be prepared for that. Ecological changes in vegetation from normal-height trees to eucalyptus and pines, to flowering shrubs with yellow and red flowers, to grasses and flowering herbs will be of interest to many.

Thank Katharine G
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