The capital of Ecuador, Quito was founded in 1534 on the foundations of a former Incan city. Quito's old city is one of the best preserved and largest in the Americas, and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Important sites in the city include baroque masterpieces like the San Francisco and Santo Domingo monasteries. The city's airport is connected to large selection of destinations throughout Latin America and North America. However, the airport only has two routes to destinations in Europe (Madrid and Amsterdam), which may hamper your chances of getting a cheap flight to Ecuador. To improve your chances of getting a cheap flight to Quito, you should consider a flight to a nearby location, and a subsequent transfer to the city.Th old city has undergone a huge rejuvenation program over the course of the past decade and is the least-altered historic centre in South America. The old city has an incredible 40 churches, in addition to 17 squares and 16 monasteries. Modern Quito also has a lot to offer visitors who are prepared to explore this sprawling metropolis which runs across a stunning Andean valley. The city has a wealth of museums, urban parks and great restaurants and bars. The Museo del Banco Central is perhaps Ecuador's most renowned museum, with numerous rooms devoted to pre-colonial works of art. Another must for tourists is the Conjunto monumental San Francisco, which is a church that dates back to the 1570s, and contains some local artistic masterpieces such as the famous "Virgin of Quito" by Legard.
Following your flight to the airport, your travel time to Quito will take approximately 90 minutes depending on traffic. You have several options for getting to the city centre, with the public bus being a particularly reliable and cost effective method of transport. The bus travels makes numerous stops on the way to the city, so expect a long journey. The Airport Express bus is a much quicker form of transport; the journey will cost you about US$8 for a one-way tickets and WiFi is provided onboard free of charge. Passengers are permitted to take one piece of luggage (up to 23kg), and one item of hand luggage, any further luggage is subject to a modest surcharge of US$2. If you would prefer to take a taxi once your flight has touched down, the journey to the centre of the city will cost between US$25-40 depending on your exact destination.