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“If you ever wanted to know what the apocalypse looks like...”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Teleferico Quito

Teleferico Quito
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Quito City Sightseeing Tour Including Teleférico Cable Car Ride and Volcano Hike
Ranked #10 of 203 things to do in Quito
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Burbank, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“If you ever wanted to know what the apocalypse looks like...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

What happened to this place? It only opened in 2005, but it looks like a forgotten relic of the '80s or something. The signs point to things like fine restaurants, shopping, and a discoteca, none of which actually exist. The buildings are completely abandoned and the escalator is covered in ripped plastic sheeting. Somehow VolQano Park, a tiny, sad amusement park, is still operating, but we only saw one small group of kids in there. The whole experience was not at all what we expected for an attraction that was highly recommended to us.

The gondola ride itself is pleasant enough, although $8.50 is kind of steep, considering the lack of amenities the park has to offer. I admit, the poor maintenance of the park as a whole made me question the safety of the gondolas.

At the top of the mountain you get a nice view of Quito and the surrounding mountains. Be sure to go early in the morning when the sky is still clear. For hiking, I highly recommend Cotopaxi. But if you're not able to make it out of the city, there are many scenic trails at the top of the Teleferico. We also saw signs for horse rentals, although we didn't actually see any horses. Hiking would probably make this attraction worth your while, but we were just coming off a cruise ship and pretty dizzy, so we opted not to. Note that these are moderate to difficult hiking trails because they are steep and the altitude gets to you pretty fast.

There is a pretty church at the top. We were there on a Monday, and it wasn't open. There are decent restrooms, a few snack shops, and a green screen photo booth at the top as well. There are also empty stalls for a supposed craft market. I don't know if this is only a weekend thing, or just another good idea with not enough funding to keep open.

The good news is, it's easy to get there by taxi. It will cost you about $5 from anywhere in town. We were able to catch another taxi that was dropping somebody off to get back into town. If you have a free day in Quito, this is a short activity that you can combine with some other sights around the city.

In the end, I was disappointed by the Teleferico. I see that there is potential for this to be an amazing place, and it may have been great at one point, but its current state is just sad.

Visited April 2013
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“great view, great walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

We went up the teleferico on a week day morning, no crowds, no rain. the ride was fun. after we got off we walked up into the hills on a trail leading to the peak of Pichincha. The altitude made it a little strenuous but the air was cool, clean and refreshing. The clouds were rising up from the valleys below. It was totally quiet, no jets, no cars. We passed a few people on the trail, all friendly and smiling. The view out over the city and mountains was stunning.

Visited April 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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“My trip in Quito”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

Teleferico is one of the places that you have to visit when you visit the City.; the only bad thing I see is I get scary when I was at 5100 meters.

Visited March 2013
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Wonderful view of the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

If you have a chance to visit, this is a great way to view the city of Quito. The best time to visit is in the morning on a clear day, the lines are shorter and the views are better without the afternoon clouds. If you are coming from an area of low elevation, best to try this towards the end of your trip once you are acclimated to the altitude (it can be a bit tough at the top if you are not used to the area yet).

Visited April 2013
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“Highly Recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

This was by far the highlight of our visit to Quito. Other Quito attractions including churches and the old town are quite mediocre. But this is truly a unique, memorable and lovely spot which is worth visiting in Quito.
It was very easy to get to. For us a $5 cab ride from Hotel Quito.
We had a nice cable car ride to the top and then enjoyed the nice views and started hiking on the trail. Even walking is a challenge at that altitude. We had read that there was a place to rent mountain bikes at the top and ride down. But this must have closed down.
After a short walk there is a place to rent horses and for around $10 each we rode for almost 1 hour fairly close to the top. A very pleasant morning.
I recommend visiting in the morning. Not sure if it is just anecdotal but the peaks seem to be clear in the morning and then cloudy and rainy in the afternoons.

Visited March 2013
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