When to find the cheapest flights to Quito
Quito: a city built on Inca ruins
|Quito city centre|
|Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO): 4 mi from city centre|
Flights to Quito: practical information
Cheap airlines to Quito
Heading to Ecuador? Start your trip with cheap flights to Quito. The Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre (UIO) welcomes flights from all over the world, including London, although not direct. Delta Air Lines, KLM, Condor, American Airlines, among others offer cheap flights to Quito from London.
When to book flights to Quito
Quito is located in the Andean Highlands which keep it cool and dry compared to the tropical coast. Winters see very little rain, a plus for travellers. The best time to book your flights to Quito is at least 8 months in advance for the cheapest fares.
- Peak season: Winter is dry and cool, from June to September.
- Low season: Summer coincides with the Andean rainy season.
Flights to Quito take around 17 hours with stopovers from London.
Experience Quito: what to see, what to do
Quito was founded in 1534 on the ruins of an ancient Inca city. It's historic old town in its entirety is an UNESCO WHS, one that is not to be missed! With the mountains just on the outskirts of town, there's no limit to what you can see and do while on holidays in Quito.
Essentials in Quito
Old Town: This is the first place to go if you're visiting for the first time. The republican era architecture from the late 1500s to the 1800s is simply charming. Wander the cobbled streets and duck into a small craft shop or cafe to rest.
City views: For great views over Quito take the cable car up the side of Ruco Pichincha. Everyone will know which one you mean if you ask for the "teleferico." From the top, the views out over the city are amazing.
Hand crafts: Ecuador is home to so many talented craftspeople. You'll find it all from candle makers to tanners, silversmiths to ceramicists in the capital. When you are purchasing, make sure it's from a fair trade shop or directly from the maker.
Find more information on Quito Tourism.
Accommodation in Quito
There are tons of hotels in Quito to chose from. Many visitors will stay in the Old Town to be close to the city attractions but there are still plenty that choose to stay in the New Town in order to be closer to the city's nightlife. If you're visiting during Christmas or Easter, it's essential to book your hotel room in Quito well in advance.