The essence of a Teleférico ride
This is a not-to-be-missed experience offering unprecedented views over the city and surrounding mountainous landscapes. It is also a must for outdoor enthusiasts. The Teleférico cable car ascends 2.5 km (1.5 mi.), a 20 minute ride, up the side of the dormant Volcán Pichincha, to the top of Cruz Loma, 4 100m (13 451 ft). As you step out of the Teleférico, take time to acclimatize as billowing clouds swirl around you. If the day is clear, you’ll have the stunning opportunity to view Antisana, Illinizas, Corazon, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, and Cayambe in the distance.
The top of the volcano is a spectacular natural area, and an adventure playground. Strap on your hiking boots and head off into the lush greenery, following paths and trails, past craggy cliffs and rocky ridges. There is the opportunity to mountain bike, and go horseback riding. Hike to the summit of Rucu Pichincha, a five-hour round trip, but for this option you’ll need to check on the fog situation, and start walking before 11 a.m. The hike is graded as moderately difficult.
You’ll find the Volcano Park, at the bottom starting point. This is an exciting carnival-style park with a variety of games and rides for the whole family.
Be sure to bring warm protective clothing, sunscreen and water for your Teleférico experience.