About Quito, Ecuador
Ecuador’s capital, Quito, sits high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 2850 meters. Best known for its well preserved colonial center, Quito is constructed on an ancient Incan city foundation. Quito has a population of over 2,671,190 individuals living on 143.78 square miles. The major industries influencing the economy here are palm oil, bananas, rice, cacao, sugar, coffee, agriculture, meats, and textiles. Quito’s citizens love sports; in fact, seven professional football clubs are located here.
Popular Destinations in Quito
Looking for activities once your private jet arrives in Quito? Churches and cathedrals are plentiful, and attract a good number of tourists every year. There are, of course, far more things to see in Quito, and some of the best attractions are listed below:
El Pobre Diablo: El Pobre Diablo has been rated one of the top locations in which to hear live music. It is a laid-back, friendly place with a selection of talent that is well curated (experimental sounds, world music, blues, jazz, etc.). El Pobre Diablo features live music almost every night. This is also a great place to grab a bite to eat; it offers a great vibe and has a solid cocktail menu.
Galeria Ecuador: Just off Plaza Foch is a sparkling, two-story complex called Galeria Ecuador. Complete with high quality Ecuadorian-made products, this shop offers liqueurs (which includes an almost sinful chocolatey smooth elixir) wine, chocolates, coffee table books, CDs, clothing, jewelry, and hand crafts. The store can render maps and tourist information and has an excellent café right on site.
Mare Nostrum: Mare Nostrum is a restaurant that deserves special attention; aside from its delectable food, its setting is also ideal. Massive wood chairs and tables accompany suits of armor in this castle-like building. Mare Nostrum is known in particular for its seafood dishes, which feature both Ecuadorian and Spanish flares.
TeleferiQo: It is possible that TeleferiQo offers the very best viewpoint in all of Quito. The mountainous landscape is nothing short of spectacular. Visitors taking the sky tram will travel about 10 minutes towards the top of Cruz Loma, at a height of 4100 meters, for this picturesque experience. For avid hikers who have a few hours to spare, there is a rigorous hiking trail that leads to the summit of Rucu Pichina (4800 meters high). Horses are also available for hire at TelefieriQo..
Museo Nacional: Museo Nacional offers one of the largest collections of Ecuadorian art and artifacts in the country. Housed at Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, the museum is a glass plated, circular landmark building. Masterful works from the Quito School, a Colonial Art Room, the Gold Room (featuring a golden, radiating sun mask), and over 1000 ceramic pieces dating back as early as 12,000 BC are just a sampling of the highlights at this museum.
Luxury Lodging in Quito
Seeking luxury accommodations once your private jet has arrived in Quito? Quito is a popular destination for the affluent traveler. Several high end lodging facilities have been developed here to cater for luxury accommodation needs, including:
- Casa Gangotena
- Mashpi Lodge
- NH Collection Royal Quito
- Swissotel Quito
Airports In or Nearby Quito For Private Jets
Quito is served by a number of airports that make air travel to and from the city easy. These include:
- Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO):Mariscal Sucre International Airport is located 11 miles east of Quito, near the town of Tababela. The airport sits at an elevation of 7,800 feet above sea level. It has a single pavement runway measuring 13,451 feet long, which makes it the longest runway in Ecuador. The runway is in the 18/36 direction. This is one of the busiest airports in the region, with a turnover of more than six million passengers annually on average.
- Cotopaxi International Airport (LTX):Cotopaxi International Airport is located 80 miles from Quito.The airport is said to have the second longest runway in Ecuador. The asphalt runway measures 12,000 feet in length and is designated in the 01/19 direction. The public/military airport sits at an elevation of 9,000 feet above sea level.
- Teniente Coronel Luis a Mantilla International Airport (TUA): Located 160 milesaway from Quito, this is an airport that serves the Tulcan region. It was first built in the 1920s and is currently one of the busiest public airports in the region. It has a single asphalt runway measuring 2,768 feet in length. The airport is located at an altitude of 2,398 feet above sea level. The airport has excellent facilities for private and chartered aircraft users.
- San Luis Airport (SBP): Located 180 mile saway from Quito, San Luis Airportstands at an elevation of 14 feet above sea level. It is the one of the busiest airports in the region, attracting both commercial and private air traffic. The airport has a single asphalt runway designated in the 06/18 direction.
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