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Telefériqo Quito
Telefériqo Quito

Telefériqo Quito

Fulgencio Araujo, Av. Occidental, Quito, Ecuador

The Basics

The dramatic 13,123-feet (4,000-meter) ascent up the volcano takes about 20 minutes and offers magnificent views of the valleys. At the plateau stop, follow marked hiking trails 6 miles (10 kilometers) to Rucu Pichincha, or enjoy a horseback riding excursion. You can also dine at one of the mountaintop restaurants or cafés. Many Quito tours include Telefériqo along with nearby attractions like the Middle of the World Monument and the Intiñan Solar Museum.

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Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo
Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo
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$118.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Perfect!
This was my first Viator tour and Myriam was wonderful. Knowledgeable, fun, and flexible. The downtown area was closed during our tour but she was able to make changes on the fly and assemble an even better experience for us.
Jeremy_R, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Quito

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Highly recommend
mcwinn, Aug 2021
Quito City Tour & Teleferico Cable Car Private
Fantastic tour by guide Fabian and driver Cesar! They worked at our pace and made the experience very enjoyable. We (4 of us) had traveled to Quito before starting a Galapagos excursion. Having arrived a few days early, we booked this private tour to see the city on our own and not with a group. Covid protocols were followed. Safety was never in question. The van was comfortable and well air conditioned. Cesar did a great job driving on some very challenging roadways. Fabian is knowledgeable, approachable, friendly and a pleasure to tour with. Food and drinks were not provided. Entrance fees were included. Highly recommend.
star-5
A fun day
David_L, Feb 2020
Private Tour: Mitad del Mundo Museum, Pululahua Crater & Quito´s TelefériQo
We visited both the Government Mitad del Mundo Complex and the adjacent privet 0'0'0' latitude complex which was very interactive and fun.
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Mitad del mundo/teleférico Quito
James_P, Apr 2019
Private Tour: Mitad del Mundo Museum, Pululahua Crater & Quito´s TelefériQo
We went on a day trip with our guide, Diego in April 2019. Although the weather was a bit rainy that day, we enjoyed the experience greatly. Diego was very well informed in history, culture and nature. He explained everything very well in both English and Spanish. The time spent at the different sites was sufficient to get a good impression. I recommend this 100%

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bring a sweater or jacket; the weather is unpredictable at the top of the mountain, and it can get very cold and windy.
  • Acclimatize in Quito before taking the cable car to reduce the risk of experiencing altitude sickness.
  • There are restaurants, cafés, and public bathrooms at the Cruz Loma plateau.
  • Families will enjoy the rides at the free Vulqano Park amusement park located at the foot of the mountain.
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How to Get There

Telefériqo Quito runs up the east side of the Pichincha Volcano and can be reached at Vía Al Teleférico, which starts on Avenida Maríscal Sucre, near the neighborhood of La Comuna Alta, just west of downtown Quito. There is a private bus that departs every 15 minutes from Avenida Occidental and heads directly to the base. You can also reach the cable car by taking a taxi to the entrance. The closest bus stop is Antonio Jose de Sucre y N26, which is about a 15-minute walk from the entrance. On-site parking is available for a fee.

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When to Get There

The cable car is open daily, from the morning through evening; if you’re visiting in the evening, make sure to check when the last cable car down the mountain leaves. Arrive in the morning if you plan to hike or go horseback riding. Getting an early start is always best here, as the weather may change rapidly during the day. Peak season in Quito is the dry season, which runs from June to September.

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Wildcard

Hiking Rucu Pichincha Many visitors who head up the cable car to Cruz Loma come to hike the Pichincha Volcano to the Rucu Pichincha peak. After getting off the cable car, follow the marked trail to the top of the peak, which is roughly 6 miles (10 kilometers) away. Depending on your physical fitness level (and how often you stop to take photos), the hike (which is classified as “difficult”) generally takes 3 to 4 hours.

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