We headed up to the teleferiqo early in the morning because we were told the lines could get quite long... Maybe it was because it was a week day, but we arrived and it wasn't even open! I think we got there at 9:15 (supposed to open at 9) and it was absolutely deserted.
They opened up shortly after and we were the only people on the gondola, so a worker had to go up ahead of us just to unload us from the top. It was a really nice, quiet ride up. At the top, nothing was open - it was kind of a bizarre place... looked like they tried to or are trying to build little cabins or hotel rooms to stay up there? The only reason I could see that being cool would be for a wedding or party of some sort.
At the top there were a bunch of trails to keep going up farther, but we opted to stay by the gondola and just take in the views- I can't explain how unbelievable it felt to be up there, but it was truly special.
From the top, you can see the city of Quito and the surrounding volcanoes, which are spectacular to say the least.
There are quite a few large peaks that we were totally visible - the clouds kind of perched over the tops of each mountain, but surrounding the peaks was TOTAL blue sky.
The city itself is so spread out, you really can get a good idea of just how big the Quito vicinity is...and just how polluted it has become.
Because there was nothing open, we headed back down.
*BRING A JACKET. IT IS FREEZING UP THERE!*
We got lucky because there was a taxi dropping someone off when we wanted to get back down to Quito. I'd recommend asking a taxi to wait if it's not busy. The round trip and hanging out at the top was about 2 hours from the time we left the hotel and the time we were back in the city.
This is a really nice, affordable option for a morning trip in Quito.
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