Reasons To Visit Quito
Ecuador’s capital is a place that is home to a breathtaking range of things to see and do, with the city perhaps most famous for its immaculately preserved historic center. Be sure to check out the wealth of landmarks in the historic center like the beautiful Carondelet Palace and the Cathedral of Quito, with the city’s relaxing vibe perfect for sightseers exploring on foot. If you fancy a break from the city atmosphere then you can visit Quito’s many parks with the family, or consider heading out into the wilderness on a hiking or mountain biking trip. Foodies will find that the capital matches most other cities in the world when it comes to cuisine, while those looking to enjoy the city’s nightlife should head to the La Ronda area where many of the liveliest bars are found.
Arriving In Quito
Mariscal Sucre International Airport is the primary airport serving Quito and also the busiest airport in Ecuador situated less than 20 km from the capital. If you are looking to book flights from the UAE to Quito you will not be able to make the journey directly, but there are a few flight options available which would involve just a single stopover from the UAE.
At the airport you will find an excellent range of places to eat and drink with plenty of cafés, restaurants and eateries on offer. In addition to this, the airport has duty-free shops as well as plenty of retail shopping for those looking to pass the time or bring back some last-minute gifts. At the airport you can also connect to free Wi-Fi or use the internet kiosks to get online, while there are a few airport lounges on site for those looking to wait somewhere more comfortable. There are a number of car rental agencies at Quito Airport available in the arrivals hall, so you can easily rent a car when you have landed.
Quito Travel Information
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Plenty of nationals including those from the UAE will be able to enter Ecuador on a visa free basis for a period of up to three months. Temperatures in Quito are fairly consistent over the course of the year with average highs in the low 20s, with the driest time of year coming between June and September. Remember that in Ecuador the currency used is the US dollar, while the country is nine hours behind the UAE.
* This information is correct as of January 2018
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