Quito’s Skyrail named in 2005 as the Teleférico, is the highest in South America. Starts at 2.950 m.a.s.l. and ends at 4.050 m.a.s.l. It reaches the top of Cruz Loma, adjacent to the Pichincha volcano.
Teleférico is located at the eastern end of the city, at the height of the boundary between the north and center of Quito. Its entrance is located on the street Arnulfo Araujo and Avenida Occidental, Western Avenue (near the intersection with Gasca Avenue). Teleférico can be reached by taking a bus that goes throughout the Western Avenue. From this input you must walk about 15 minutes to arrive at the box office, but if there is car parking nearby, or if you arrive by taxi it can leave you even closer.
The line is usually long so it is recommended to go early, especially if it's a weekend or holiday. The cable car prices are $ 4.50 for adults, $ 3 for children and $ 2.25 for seniors. The cost for the foreign and express row is $ 7.50. Hours of attention are from 9h00 to 20h00.
The Teleférico project would not intend to be just a mean of transport. The aim was to create an entire mall at its base, with cinemas, coffees and an amusement park. Even restaurants and coffee shops were up there to give a plus to this tourist attraction. Unfortunately this project eventually fell.
At the moment there is only an amusement park at its base, the Vulqano Park. Its entrance is free and the games are paid by rechargeable card for sale at the box office of the park. There are several games both for children and adults, including a roller coaster. This is the only fixed amusement park in Quito. At the top still there are a couple of food restaurants and coffees where the minimum cost of the plates is $ 3. The rest is pure moorland and here is where the main attraction of the cable car is.
The moor of Pichincha volcano, at the top of Cruz Loma, offers a spectacular view of the whole city of Quito. If the weather is good can be seen some main elevations of the Andes mountain chain such as: Cayambe, Antisana, Cotopaxi, Pasochoa, Rumiñahui and the list goes on. Besides the beautiful view offered here is the Andean landscape, the cold wilderness with almost straight, flat road to the summit of Rucu Pichincha, Pichincha most visible elevation from Quito.
Besides hiking and mountain climbing, mountain biking can be done. Recently adapted to the cable car cabins, pins for bicycles can upload your bike, but it’s a charge for this service. You can also make horseback riding because there is a small business at the top of Cruz Loma where they offer guided tours.Remember, if you go up; be sure you bring up warm and waterproof clothing, water, candy, shoes suitable for mountain, sunglasses and sunscreen.
The Quito’s Teleferico is the perfect place for walking or trekking into one of the main peaks of the Pichincha volcano, Rucu Pichincha. Besides it offers one of the majors views of the city of Quito.
The price for the cable car up in Quito is $ $ 4.50 for adults, $ 3 USD for children and $ 2.25 USD for over 65 years old.
For foreigners and express service, the cost is $ 7.50 USD.
Teleférico in Quito is open from 09h00 to 20h00.