The TelefériQo is a cable car ride in Quito that takes visitors 2.5km up the side of Volcán Pichincha. At the top is a lookout at an altitude of 4100m. Admission is US$8.50 and it runs from 8am to 8pm. A taxi to get there from the historic city should cost about US$5.

TelefériQo up Volcán Pichincha in Quito, Ecuador

TelefériQo up Volcán Pichincha


At the Bottom

The TelefériQo station at the bottom includes a creepy amusement park and a large building where tickets are bought.

TelefériQo entrance in Quito, Ecuador

TelefériQo entrance


At the Top

The ride to the top takes about 20 minutes. Once at the top, there are a couple indoors cafés selling food and drinks.

Café at the top of the TelefériQo in Quito, Ecuador


A couple of trails take you to lookout points for less than spectacular views of the city. Theres also a small chapel and another trail to the summit of the volcano.

View of Quito from the top of the TelefériQo

View of Quito

Chapel at the top of the TelefériQo




While the ride is nice, we weren’t as impressed by the views as we hoped we would be. It was the most expensive attraction we visited in Quito and we only spent about 20 minutes at the top. Other couples we met at the top felt the same. It’s kind of a waste and not a must-do.

TelefériQo in Quito, Ecuador


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