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LatinAmerican Most Impressive Landing Scenery?  
User currently offlineAero From Germany, joined Oct 2004, 181 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4025 times:

Hi guys...

This topic is of course very personal and maybe subjective...and That´s why I´d like to read from you, specially if you´re not from LatAm about your impressions in the Region´s airport, scenery, etc.

I haven´t been to all airports in the world..Of course, but for me, landing at Santiago de Chile (SCL) coming from Europe or Argentina is very exciting, impresive and moving. The aircraft starts with the landing procedures crossing the big Andes, in the middle of those huge mountains (on the left you can admire "The Aconcagua"...America´s Highest mountain), turning suddenly left before you reach the endless pacific ocean. Then, between the Andes and the coast mountains, going down between green wine valleys until you reach SCL´s Airport...Arturo Merino Benítez
Just amazing!

I also like landing in CCS between mountains and the Caribbean. Recife is quite nice as well.

What about your choices?


LAN...the star of the Latin American skies
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User currently offlineChiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2005 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4002 times:

Aero
Vorsicht! They might move your threat to the "polls" section. They already did with my question about the website quality of Latinamerican Airlines.
For me landing in MRD (Merida, Venezuela) is quite impressive as you come in between 5000m high mountains and land in the middle of the city. But nothing against the descend in SXB !!


User currently offlineAero From Germany, joined Oct 2004, 181 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3968 times:

Chiguire:

Danke! - Warum?
My topic is about airports, landing´s scenary....it´s all about aviation?
what do you mean?



LAN...the star of the Latin American skies
User currently offlineCxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3937 times:

Coincidentally, I have never flown into LatAm but tonight I fly to SCL via GRU then later in the week, onto Calama, Punta Arenas and Puerto Montt.

I am quite excited having read your notes about SCL and look forward to arriving there tomorrow afternoon even more so! Hoping to post some pics from this trip on A.net on my return.

Thank you!


User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 49
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3947 times:

I dont have any doubts: SDU (Rio de Janeiro Domestic/Santos Dummont) offers the best landscape in the region, if not in the world.

The airport is small (well, ranked 5th in Latin America in pax traffic!), efficient and cosy. It is named after the "father" of aviation.

Landing in SDU is breathtaking, and a unique experience. After all, it is located in the centre of the "marvelous city"  Smile

Some pics of SDU airport, which offers amazing panoramic view of the the "wonderful city"

Pic 1: SDU seen from the Corcovado, next to the famous statue of "Christ the Redeemer", the symbol of Rio de Janeiro.
Pic 2: an overview from the Sugar Loaf, with TAM A319 about to touch;


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Pic 3: the famous Sugar Loaf, just behind SDU airport;
Pic 4: an overview of SDU's ramp during the afternoon with one of Rio's landmarks, the Sugarloaf, in the background. In this picture you can see one Gol 737-700, one Varig 737-500, one Varig 737-300, one Vasp 737-300 and two TAM A319.


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Pic 5: Behind SDU, a fascinating view of the second longest bridge in the world, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge;
Pic 6: Overview of SDU taken from GOL flight;


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Pic 7: another overview of SDU;
Pic 8: in this overview in can see the proximity of SDU to downtown Rio de Janeiro;


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The scenary around SDU makes it a wonderful airport, and my favourite airport in the world!

Rgs,
Hardi


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

The most scary experience: landing in TGU...

User currently offlineLan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3886 times:

I love approach to SCL coming from Europe or eastern South America, as the plane must descent quite quickly after crossing the Andes applying speedbrakes and all that. Amazing.

Also I find very interesting landing at GRU. I've landed 6 times at GRU...the first five it was cloudy or foggy so nothing could be seen, but the last time I landed there it was completely clear, and I was schocked by the size of that city.

Also seeing planes landing at SDU is quite impressive.


User currently offlineSpeedbird747 From Switzerland, joined May 2004, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3875 times:

I found the approach into UIO quite amazing. The airport is situated in the middle of the city of Quito and its surrounded by high mountains. Last year I landed in UIO during the night, on a AA 757 from MIA. Then one week later, on a TAME Fokker F-28 on the Jumpseat. It was simply breathtaking!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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Cheers
Speedbird747


User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3869 times:

Untill now I have landed at the following Airports in Latin America:

MEX
GUA
FRS
MGA
SJO
PTY
SDQ
UIO
GYE
EZE
AEP
IGR
GIG

Also landed at Aruba and Curaçao, but those don't count as Latin America.

I have to say that approach and landing at SCL must be impressive indeed...I hope to do it one day.

However, in my case, the most impressive approaches have been GUA and UIO, with a big difference.



¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineRoblondon70 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3853 times:

Landing at UIO on board an AA 757 in the midst of a thunderstorm was pretty spectacular......didn't see the scenery but endured two attempts at landing before diverting to GYE!

User currently offlineB757200 From Spain, joined Sep 2004, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3846 times:

I agree with Chiguire. Landing in MRD is quite an experience.

User currently offlineRCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4395 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3817 times:

Approaching BOG in the night...you go through the savannah and suddenly the city lights appear in front of you and seconds later you touch at ElDorado! Also, ADZ approach is beautiful! I like MEX a lot also!


Les escribo desde el frío de mi verde altiplano.
User currently offlineAer From Guatemala, joined Mar 2004, 1048 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3805 times:

Definitely the approaches in GUA and TGU. I love rollercoaster rides.


nice and spacious airports in need of new airlines and flights... GUA or FRS anyone?... anyone at all?
User currently offlineOS-A330 From Austria, joined Aug 2001, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3782 times:

You forgot CUZ, guys!
That's one hell of an approach!


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User currently offlineAacun From Mexico, joined Jan 2004, 547 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3748 times:
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After traveling around South America for a while, I´d have to say that landing in La Paz is probably the most breathtaking and impressive approach, not only in South America, but the world. It is by far my favorite, and for what I´ve heard, Im not alone on this one.

User currently offlineAero From Germany, joined Oct 2004, 181 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3715 times:

welcome to Santiago de Chile (SCL)



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Cxsjr: Enjoy your trip to LatAm and don´t forget to tell us about your landing!




LAN...the star of the Latin American skies
User currently offlineMarambio From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2004, 1160 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3714 times:

Gosh that approach to SCL seems to be amazing! So far I believe the best approach of all I have seen is Cuzco (CUZ). And as OS-A330 pointed out, it is a hell of approach!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Saludos,
Marambio



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User currently offlineElAlto From Netherlands, joined Apr 2004, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3677 times:

Hi there,

as my nickname states....it has to be La Paz's El Alto airport. The incredible view of the valley in which the city of La Paz is, surrounded by the Andes mountains will be on my mind forever!


User currently offlineBogota From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 819 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3619 times:

Come on do not leave BOG behind. The Lush Magdalena River Valley, Snow covered mountains in the Central Andes Range, Huge cliffs as you approach the BOG VOR, clouds hanging down from the Eastern Andes Range as you come into the beautiful Sabana de Bogota, our green 8.300 high plateau with the city at its far end. And if you are lucky you will land into one of the runways 31 instead of 13, having full flaps, gear out as you turn 180 degrees on top of the city in the middle of 11.000 ft mountains.

User currently offlineUsatoeze From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 358 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3581 times:

Oh my there are so many good landings....

I think that a few in particular stand out:

As noted

UIO
SCL

Both are really neat, and UIO is a little frightening. Cotopaxi can occasionally be seen on approach..and it is a little scary. My fiancee wont fly to Quito...she always insists on flying to GYE and then taking a bus...
SCL is awesome no matter which approach you take. It can be cloudy like SEA sometimes but the Andes are usually visible through the clouds....awesome

A few that havent been mentioned

MDZ (Mendoza, Argentina) gives you great views of the Andes on one approach and usually has clear skies and no clouds to worry about...decent airport but small.

I love the approach to EZE even if it is very flat.....because of the flatness you can almost see all the way from Zarate to La Plata on approach...and the endless pampas look like a big green pancake.

I would like to fly into Cuenca, Arequipa, and La Paz someday....



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User currently offlineAV757 From Colombia, joined Apr 2004, 660 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3543 times:
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Quito Ecuador, UIO, SEQU. The visual part of the circling approach to runway 17 over the city, then the downwind leg in between mountains and the Los Chillos Valley and the base leg and final leg within the canyon and the newer neighborhoods over the city.

Regards:
AV757


User currently offlineDakota From Netherlands, joined Feb 2000, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3517 times:

In Latin America, I know GRU, VVI (Santa Cruz de la Sierra), CBB(Cochabamba), UIO, GYE, Cuenca and Tumbes.

Most spectacular: definetely UIO, landed there 3 times (last time 4 weeks ago at sunrise in a KLM MD-11, WOW!). Also the flight UIO-GYE is amazing with all those Ecuadorian vulcanos!

But I have to say I really wanted to land in La Paz to during my trip to Bolivia. SCL seems interesting to!


User currently offlineAndahuailas From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3482 times:

Landing at Huaraz(Anta) in north Central Peru has the most incredible scenery. Unfortunatley the airport doesn't have regular flights anymore

User currently offlineRCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4395 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3481 times:

I forgot MZL (Manizales-La Nubia)!!!!!! When descent starts, you pass tightly besides El Nevado del ruiz (ice covered mountain) and then through the mountainous coffe plantations! The, you land on the small runway in the outskirts of the city, done this approach 7 times and it has never bored me. Much better than AXM and PEI.

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[Edited 2004-11-07 02:07:39]


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User currently offline757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3474 times:

Medellín Olaya Herrera SKMD/EOH is quite impressive also, specially when circling above the city to land at RWY01.

Mom flew that approach not too long approach on a Satena ERJ-145 and was soo white when she descended the plane! What a scare she had...!



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25 Sequ : Hola Todos, Does a photo have to have been accepted in the database in order to post it here as previous posters have done??? I have some pictures of
26 Lan_Fanatic : I have something to say to all of you that have said that perhaps approach to SCL looks amazing.. Actually, it is great, but it's not as amazing as yo
27 Nickofatlanta : I would say LPB. Probably the most spectacular approach I've ever seen anywhere in the world ... and it was at sunrise!
28 FoxBravo : I haven't flown into many Latin American airports, but LPB and CUZ certainly rank as two of the most scenic I have landed at anywhere. MEX and GRU are
29 Post contains images Ghost77 : SXM is part of the carribean and carribean is part of Latam! My vote goes to: Ricardo APM
30 Airplane : In deed SCL, BOG is beautiful during the day, at night there is not much to see. Taking off from BOG with MTOW is something to wet your pants. UIO is
31 Post contains links and images Chiguire : There are now so many guys from Venezuela ! Is there nobody with good MRD-pics ? If you count SXM to LatAm, then SBH is also LatAm: View Large View Me
32 CitationJet : Aero, Here is why Chiguire said that your question may be moved to Opinions & Polls. The polls forum gives the following description: What's your favo
33 Post contains images Arcano : I have to say SCL, with no doubt. If you get the chance of doing it, chose left windows, as the aircraft always lands from the north. Then you see the
34 PanAm747 : Slightly off topic, but wouldn't an a.netter's worldwind tour of the dramatic airports of the Americas be fun? We could make our judgements from first
35 Chiguire : PanAm747 Great ! Where can I book that ?
36 Hardiwv : PanAm747: Some corrections: from MVD or EZE you have to go to GIG (Rio International) since SDU (Rio Domestic) only operates the Rio Domestic-Sao Paul
37 Post contains links and images Aero : LanFanatic: SCL is amazing until the end! - Depending on weather and on the season of the year, you can enjoy a fantastic landing. Of course i respect
38 Britmex : you seem to forget MEX, specially from in flights arriving from the south east. Descent starts over the port of Veracruz, continuing to Puebla and pa
39 Ratypus : I'm going with AACun and co - La Paz, Bolivia is a breath-taking landing! I've landed there twice - from each end of the runway...the first time was a
40 Ratypus : And one that hasn't been mentioned - Arequipa, Peru. If you fly in from the North - Cuzco or Juliaca - you're flying over the Altiplano at approx 4000
41 Post contains links and images Sequ : Some of you might have heard about SETM, La Toma, in Loja, Ecuador. The airport is in a beautiful valley with high mountains on three sides. The mount
42 Post contains images EZEIZA : SCL is amazing, no doubt. I also enjoyed landing in MEX and GRU, but admiting I am biased, I would have to put AEP among the top 3, especially when yo
43 WiLdmanVzla : I really enjoyed reading this thread... I can not give you an only airport!!!!. MRD (venezuelan andes) is great... Ushuaia is also great... MEX (most
44 Estick : Ever tried AEP at night??????........Leaves you speechless!!!
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