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Quito is the capital and most populous city in Ecuador. It's also the second highest capital after La Paz (Bolivia) at 2,850m (9,350 ft) elevation. For most visitors to Ecuador, this is where your journey begins, while those continuing to the Galapagos Islands may also start their adventure here or from Guayaquil.

Quito has one of the best-preserved historic centres among North and South American nations, while it lies closer to the equator than any other capital city.

Getting there

Flights into Quito arrive internationally from a number of destinations in the United States, such as Miami, or from cities throughout Central and South America. Flights are served at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO).

Selecting a cruise itinerary

Cruises do not depart directly from Quito, visitors to the Galapagos Islands can depart or return to Quito or Guayaquil. Many flights from Quito have a technical stop in Guayaquil anyhow.

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