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A Brief Overview
Quito is the capital of Ecuador. It's the largest city in the country, and Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) is one of the busiest airports in South America. Located at an elevation of 2,850 metres, Quito has been a bustling city since 1534. You can still see some of the city's ancient architecture by wandering around Quito's Old Town.
Most travellers that buy return flights to Quito use the city as a stopover on their way to the Galapagos or as a gateway to other destinations in Ecuador. However, you should spend a few days exploring the city's rich history. It's home to beautiful Baroque buildings and trendy restaurants with the towering Andes mountain range surrounding the town.
Landmarks and Monuments You Can’t Miss
Quito's Old Town was one of the first areas to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its centuries-old and beautifully-preserved buildings are a main attraction for history and architecture buffs buying cheap flights to Quito. While you wander around, don't miss out on visiting the Plaza Grande, the Presidential Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, San Agustin, the City Museum and Plaza San Francisco.
Basilica del Voto Nacional
If you're buying flights to Quito and you only have time to visit one of Quito's many churches, Basilica del Voto Nacional should be at the top of your list. It is the largest neo-Gothic church in the Americas and boasts incredible views of the city - if you're prepared to climb to up one of the Basilica's towers. Keep in mind that it’s a steep climb and will test your nerves.
Middle of the Earth
The Middle of the Earth is one of Quito's most popular attractions. People from all over the world buy tickets to Quito to stand at the point where the Northern and Southern hemispheres meet.
Take the Cable Car Up Pichincha Volcano
This is without a doubt the best way to get a bird's-eye view of Quito. The cable car ascends to an elevation of 4,100 metres, making it South America's highest gondola ride. If you can, try to book your airfare to Quito around the city's dry season so that you'll have a clear sky when you reach the top. The best time to go is first thing in the morning before the fog rolls in.
Etiquette Tips For Travellers on Flights to Quito
- Tipping: It is standard to tip 10% at restaurants in Quito. At the upscale restaurants in the city, the service charge will be automatically added to your bill. For taxis, the locals usually round up the fare. Once you've bought your flights to Quito, you'll need to set aside money to tip tour guides, especially if you are planning a trip to the Galapagos.
- Toilets: Most of the toilets in Quito can't flush toilet paper. You'll need to put the paper in the bin by your feet. For public restrooms in the city, you'll have to buy toilet paper from the attendant. When packing your bags for your flights to Quito, bring a few rolls of loo paper you can keep in your backpack.
- Ecuadorian time: If you’re booking cheap flights to Quito for business meetings, don’t expect the locals to show up on time. It's common for Ecuadorians to arrive up to an hour late. If you've invited someone out, you'll be expected to pay for everything as well.
Packing Tips For Quito
- Money Belt: Before you leave to catch your flights to Quito, buy a money belt. The city has a reputation for pickpockets, and a money belt is a safe way to keep your cash out of the wrong hands.
- Electronics: Ecuador uses 120 volts so you'll need to pack a voltage converter and plug adapter. You can buy one before your flights to Quito leave or once you arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO).
- Rain gear: No matter when you visit Quito, it's possible that it might rain. When packing for your flights to Quito, bring along a small rain jacket or umbrella that you can keep in your bag. It's also a good idea to pack a dry bag to keep your electronic equipment dry in case of a sudden downpour.
- Currency: You don't need to exchange your Australian dollars before your flights to Quito. You'll get a better rate of exchange by withdrawing money from the ATM at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) or in the city. Just make sure that you have unblocked your credit card for international withdrawals.