Quito International Airport, more properly known as the Mariscal Sucre International Airport, serves the city of Quito. Quito is situated high in the Andes making air travel the best means of getting to this remote city. The airport is located just inside the city boundaries to the north of the city centre. It has around 25 international flights per day so it should be possible to get some cheap flights to Quito. Most hotels provide free transfer, which is useful as the airport taxis are comparatively expensive.
You can hire a car with several main rental companies represented at the airport such as Alamo. There are buses from the airport to the city centre operated by Trolebus, another company called Ecovia Services and also the Metrobus. The Trolebus and the Ecovia operate the main routes here and are cheap. Taxis in the actual city are licensed and are equipped with a taximeter, and therefore provide good value for money as well. So after your Quito flights have landed getting around Quito will be no problem.
The historic centre of Quito, or 'Old Town', is perhaps the main reason people visit this city. It was made a World Heritage Site as it one of the most well preserved historic centres in the American continent. It has many narrow streets with great examples of Spanish colonial architecture and numerous historic attractions, such as the Presidential Palace. The Basilica del Voto Nacional is one of the most striking examples of neo-Gothic architecture in the country, although instead of gargoyles it features reptiles and amphibians typical of the region. For a change of pace after your flights to Quito, there are some great biking trails that provide a great introduction to the scenery around Quito.
La Ronda Street in the Old Town is full of cafes, bars and restaurants. If you are looking for nightclubs then the streets around Amazonas Avenue is where the young people of the city congregate with many lively places to dance the night away. There is no shortage of great restaurants as well such as the Alma, with a great 8-course chef's special showcasing the regional cuisine. If you want something different than the local food then Pavarotti Ristorante is a great Italian restaurant with such dishes as a red tuna carpaccio. In the La Mariscal area of the town you will find lots of places to shop such as the Quitocentro, a big mall with designer shops. After your visit you will consider your airfare to Quito to have been a great investment.
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