Aero From Germany, joined Oct 2004, 181 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4120 times:
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
I also like landing in CCS between mountains and the Caribbean. Recife is quite nice as well.
Chiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2005 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4097 times:
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 !!
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.
Lan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3981 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.
Speedbird747 From Switzerland, joined May 2004, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3970 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!
Pic 1: View from the north
Pic 2: View from the south
RCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4402 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3912 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!
Aacun From Mexico, joined Jan 2004, 590 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3843 times:
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.
Bogota From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 829 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3714 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.
Usatoeze From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 358 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3676 times:
Oh my there are so many good landings....
I think that a few in particular stand out:
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....
AV757 From Colombia, joined Apr 2004, 662 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3638 times:
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.
RCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4402 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3576 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.