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What To Do In Quito (UIO) For Four Hours?  
User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3347 posts, RR: 9
Posted (7 years 2 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3673 times:

Hi, all. If you'll think back to the topic I posted a couple of weeks ago, I said that I'd be flying to Lima, Peru and back (and yes, I will be posting a trip report). On my return leg, I have a 4 hour 15 minute layover in Quito, and was wondering if there were any restaurants, shops, viewing places, etcetera that you guys could recommend.

My inbound flight is Lan Peru flight LP 580, arriving at 14:55 local time and operated by Airbus A319-132 CC-CPF. I'm connecting to Lan Ecuador flight XL 516, departing at 19:10 local time and operated by Boeing 767-383/ER CC-CCZ.

Thanks to RJ_Delta for helping me with the registration numbers.

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User currently offlineAminobwana From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3656 times:

I would visit the colonial city center and 2 or 3 of the vey beautiful churches there, if you are inrerested in such. You will not have much more tim than that

aminobwana


User currently offlinePnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2241 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3653 times:

Be very careful what you do. If you leave the airport make sure you use a reputable taxi company. There are lots of stories of scams on unsuspecting tourists. Make sure you know where you are going. My Dad traveled extensively up until recently in various places in South America. In Quito he was told to not leave the terminal until someone came inside the airport to get him. They told him in advance who it would be. He was told to not take a cab. That was about a year ago I believe.

User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3347 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3631 times:

Well, it's a rather short layover, so I doubt I'll have time to go out into the city, especially since I'm flying as an unaccompanied minor (UM). I'd love to be able to visit Ecuador's capital city and the rest of the country someday, but considering that I've spent the past week visiting nearly every Incan ruin between Cusco and Machu Picchu, I've had my fill of being a tourist for now.

User currently offlineAminobwana From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3629 times:

Quoting Pnwtraveler (Reply 2):
Quito he was told to not leave the terminal until someone came inside the airport to get him

This is a typical exaggeration. By careful...yes (as you had to be at JFK some years ago !)

aminobwana


User currently offlineAdicool From Netherlands, joined Apr 2007, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3536 times:

and when using a taxi, always ask the driver to turn on the taximeter! From the airport to the colonial center you shouldn't pay more than 3$ I'd say. You could also go to the "mercado artesanal" - it's near to the "Amazonas". It a huge market with hand-crafted goods; rather touristic but you'll find some nice things and it's not too expansive. You can buy all sort of things, like coffee (the one from Zaruma is the best!), clothes, Panamá-hats and so on. And right next to the "mercardo artesanal" is the so-called "Espiral" - a pirate shopping center (yer, seriously!). There is not better place to but DVD and music then there...
Quito is such a great town, next time you go to Latin America you should stay there a little longer.


User currently offlinePzurita1 From Greenland, joined Sep 2002, 1393 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3521 times:

May be farther but faster to reach is Ciudad de la Mitad del Mundo, a small theme park exactly where the Equator line crosses Ecuador soil. It is not only exciting to be standing with one foot on the Norther Hemisphere while the other is in the south, but also has an interesting museum and lots of stores selling handcrafts and those things (of course, a touristc place , but good enough to kill those 3 hours you have).

However, I just read you are an unaccompanied minor. So I guess leaving of the airport is out of the question.

PZ



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User currently offlineAdicool From Netherlands, joined Apr 2007, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3509 times:

Quoting Pzurita1 (Reply 6):
May be farther but faster to reach is Ciudad de la Mitad del Mundo, a small theme park exactly where the Equator line crosses Ecuador soil. It is not only exciting to be standing with one foot on the Norther Hemisphere while the other is in the south,

actually, it's not the REAL Equator line...they messed it up and found out about it like ten years ago. The real Euqator line is like 10 minutes with a car further north of La Mitad del Mundo, in a little village - don't recall the name.
It's rather funny bc they put there the same monument as in that thema park but way smaller...IF you're going to the REAL Equator line, don't forget to bring some raw eggs - it's the only place in the world where you can acutally place an egg on the ground and it won't fall to one side!


User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1347 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3493 times:

Quoting Adicool (Reply 7):
actually, it's not the REAL Equator line...they messed it up and found out about it like ten years ago. The real Euqator line is like 10 minutes with a car further north of La Mitad del Mundo, in a little village - don't recall the name.

The real Equator line is actually quite close to the equator, and a museum on the true equator (with eggs and spinning water and all) is just outside the grounds of the Mitad del Mundo monument. Wikipedia, though not always accurate, says the Monument is 240 meters from the true equator, and from my experience at the site, that sounds about right.

However, as a UM, you won't be getting outside the airport, and I highly doubt you will even be able to decide where to go INSIDE the airport.


User currently offlineWanderer From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3492 times:

Quoting Pnwtraveler (Reply 2):
Be very careful what you do. If you leave the airport make sure you use a reputable taxi company. There are lots of stories of scams on unsuspecting tourists. Make sure you know where you are going. My Dad traveled extensively up until recently in various places in South America. In Quito he was told to not leave the terminal until someone came inside the airport to get him. They told him in advance who it would be. He was told to not take a cab. That was about a year ago I believe.

It's not that bad. I visited Ecuador in May (I'm going back there at the end of this year for some months) and the horror stories are exaggerated. The advice about using a reputable taxi firm is as true in London or Los Angeles as Quito or anywhere else and is the sensible thing to do anywhere in the world. You can book a cab in the airport. Use the same common sense as you would at home.


User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3347 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3342 times:

Quoting Ahlfors (Reply 8):
However, as a UM, you won't be getting outside the airport, and I highly doubt you will even be able to decide where to go INSIDE the airport.

As it turns out, being 15, I was pretty much left to myself (not that I minded).

Unfortunately, I never ended up getting to visit UIO. My inbound flight was delayed by four hours, so there was no chance of me making my connection on to MIA. Lan re-booked me onto an earlier, non-stop LIM-MIA flight, and I arrived at MIA about 6 hours earlier than I would've flying through UIO.


User currently offlineAirportmanager From Ecuador, joined Mar 2001, 558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3257 times:

In Quito, if you arrive at 1500Local time and you flight leaves at 19:00 you dont have much time. You dont have 4 hours, youll have lots of time going out the airport, so estiamt 15:30 going out and you have to be maybe 1 hour or 1:30 minutes before supposing you are already checked in, that leaves 2 hours, at that time quitos traffic sis hectic and I wouldnt recomend going out of the airport cause you could be risking missing your flights. but thats me. Maybe if Im around, depenednig on the date, icoudl take you in my car around, but Quitos traffic is terrible, and taxi dirvers see your a foreighnor, get ready for the taxi prices!!!

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