The TelefériQo de Quito is one of the most important tourist icons in the city of Quito, a must-see for national and foreign tourists. Inaugurated on May 24, 2005, and located in the foothills of the Rucu Pichincha volcano, it ascends from the Motriz platform at 3,117 meters above sea level, to Cruz Loma at 3,947 meters above sea level, which makes it one of the highest cable cars in South America. Open 365 days a year, and applying Biosafety Protocols daily, it offers its visitors a wide variety of sports and leisure activities.
In a journey that takes about 18 minutes, you travel a distance of 2.5km, flanked by the El Tejado ravines to the north, and Vásconez to the south. You may feel in your body the effects of rapidly ascending a 1,000 meter drop between the two platforms, calm down, take your time to breathe and adapt; You will fly over three micro climates: starting from the Andean forest formed mainly by eucalyptus trees; A few meters further up the vegetation changes drastically, and you will find pumamaqui, achupallas and romerillo bushes; At the end of the tour, you will arrive at the Andean wasteland formed by grasslands, carpets and chuquiraguas.
If you are attentive you will be able to observe blackbirds, hummingbirds and the friendly curiquingues. And if you are lucky, you will spot moor rabbits, hawks and partridges; in the late afternoon you will be able to observe wolves in the vicinity. On the summits, you will occasionally witness the majestic flight of the Ecuadorian condor or the passing of the Andean bear, emblem of the moor.
The best of the TelefériQo
Its incomparable view
The view of Quito during the trip is spectacular, and even more so is the view that Cruz Loma offers from its viewpoints. From them you can see the valley of Los Chillos, San Rafael and Machachi. On a clear day you will be able to observe an imposing chain of volcanoes: From Atacazo to Cayambe, passing through Corazón, Ilinizas, Cotopaxi, Pasochoa, Rumiñahui and Antisana.
Once in Cruz Loma, the recreation alternatives are multiple, and they are free to your imagination. You can go camping, hiking, hiking, climbing, horseback riding, paragliding, extreme cycling, photography, mountain marathon, etc., or visit the Guagua and Rucu Pichincha peaks just five kilometers away from Cruz Loma.
The temperature during daylight hours can drop to 6˚C, and a cold wind is constantly coming down from the mountain, so it is advisable to wear warm clothing. And if you plan to ascend the Volcano, it is necessary to bring mountain equipment and do it in the company of an experienced guide.
The TelefériQo de Quito is open to tourists 365 days a year:
Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. * The last ticket is sold at 4:00 p.m., you can go down until 5:15 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. * The last ticket is sold at 5:00 p.m., you can go down until 6:15 p.m.
Take into account that the descent takes around 18 minutes so you must be at the return station in time to be able to descend without inconvenience.