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Quito Ecuador Travel Guide
Quito, formally San Francisco de Quito, is the capital and the largest city of Ecuador. Located about 16 miles (25 kilometers) south of the equator with an elevation measuring 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above the sea level, Quinto is home to the least-altered and best-preserved historical enter of the Americas. Quito is a well-known refuge of bio-diversity. It has several natural attractions, including Maquipucuna Reserve Conservation, Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve conservation and bird watching lodge Cayambe.
However, saying so it doesn’t mean that the city is alien to the contemporary arts, fashion and tech innovations.
Quito is home to catholic residents. The community observes Easter Week with a series of ceremonies and rituals that begin on Palm Sunday. At noon on Good Friday, the March of the Penitents proceeds from the Church of San Francisco.
Mariscal Sucre International Airport handles all the international flights to the city. Avianca, Copa, American, JetBlue, LATAM, United, and Amaszonas Uruguay airlines have nonstop, one-stop or two-stop flights to Quito.
Airport in Quito Ecuador
Mariscal Sucre International Airport Location:
The airport is about 11 miles (18 kilometres) east of Quito and serves as the largest hub of TAME, the flag carrier of Ecuador.
Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador
The airline operates over 220 weekly flights. Use our flight booking engine to find return flights to Quito from your city or nearest airport.
Nonstop Flights and Airlines to Quito Ecuador from US
Looking for the shortest flight route? Only selected cities or airports in the US have nonstop flights to Quito as follows.
| Destination + Airport Code || Airlines |
| From Miami (MIA) to Quito (UIO) || American Airlines |
| From Atlanta (ATL) to Quito (UIO) || Delta Air Lines |
| From Houston (HOU) to Quito (UIO) || United Airlines |
Connecting Flights to Quito Ecuador
If you couldn’t find a nonstop flight, plane tickets to Quito with a connecting flight are the only choice. If you depart from Los Angeles (LAX) to Quito, Lima (LIM) (Peru) might serve as your connecting airport, from NYC EWR, it could be Fort Lauderdale (FLL).
Mind the connecting airport and the layover time, while taking such a flight. Our flight booking engine clearly highlights the layover airport and time. In case of an extended layover duration, some airlines facilitate visitors with special accommodation. Review all these aspects before you confirm your air tickets to Quito.
Tips on Finding Cheap Tickets
The cheapest day for departure and arrival
Mid-weekdays from Tuesday through Thursday are the cheapest days to fly in Quito. Visiting the city on the weekend could be costlier as Quito is one of the most visited weekend destinations in the Americas. International visitors, as well as locals, throng in the city on weekends.
The cheapest months to holiday in Quito
March and April are the cheapest months to visit Quito. These are the months with the highest rainfall. The number of rainy days could be as many as 15. However, the place is fortunate when it comes to sunshine. The average daylight hour remains 12 round-the-year.
The cheapest time of the day to leave for Quito
Guess? If you can manage an early morning or late-night flight, you are in for unbeatable Quito flight deals. These hours not benefit you in terms of affordability but also helps you with a safe travel. The skies are quieter during these hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long is the flight to Quito Ecuador?
If this is your first flight to Quito Ecuador, you are likely to have this question like many. The table below lists flight distance and flight time from US cities or airports.
| Flight Route || Flight Distance || Flight Time |
| From Los Angeles to Quito || 3,491 miles/5618 km || 7 hours 29 minutes |
| From New York to Quito || 2,831 miles/4556 km || 6 hours 10 minutes |
| From Philadelphia to Quito || 2,772 miles/4461 km || 6 hours 03 minutes |
| From Miami to Quito || 1,790 miles/2882 km || 4 hours 5 minutes |
| From Atlanta to Quito || 2,367 miles/3810 km || 5 hours 14 minutes |
While calculating the flight time, we have made an assumption that the aircraft is flying with a speed of 500 miles per hour (804.67 km).
2. What is the best time to visit Quito Ecuador?
Quito has a subtropical highland climate with two main seasons – wet winter season from October through May (8 months), and the dry season from June through September. Thanks to its elevation that counterbalances the equator heat. Quito has a constant temperature throughout the year. The upper limits sway in the lows of 70s °F while the lower limits in the low of 50s °F.
3. What are the top attractions in Quito?
If you love bird watching, Maquipucuna rainforest is the place to be. Located in the parish of Nanegal, within the Metropolitan District of Quito, the natural reservoir spans over 6,000 hectare (14,820 acre). Scientists and environmentalists rate this rainforest as one of the world’s top five biodiversity hotspots.
Located in the Illinizas Ecological Reserve, the Illinizas are a pair of volcanic mountains. The place serves as the school of mountaineering. You may gain some experience of trekking altitude and prepare yourself for a bigger chase like Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, and Cayambe.
With a towering height of 4,200 meters, Pasochoa is an extinct volcano located in the Guayllabamba river basin in the Ecuadorian Andes. The current mountain form is a collapsed crater with a semicircular shape. The structure with an age of 100 thousand years is a result of an eruption that devastated the crater and occidental slope of the previous volcanic cone.
Ice melts into water, but Cayambe has a history that defies the rule of physics. Also known as Volcán Cayambe, Cayambe has a permanent snow cap. It’s a volcano in Ecuador, in the Cordillera Central, a range of the Ecuadorian Andes. Situated in Pichincha Province, some 70 km (43 mi) northeast of Quito, Cayambe is the third-highest mountain in Ecuador, at an elevation of 5,790 m (18,996 ft) above sea level.
4. How safe is to travel to Quito (Ecuador)?
Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) is imposed on travel to Quito (Ecuador) by U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE — BUREAU of CONSULAR AFFAIRS. Reconsider travel to Ecuador due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Ecuador due to crime.