When to go
The altitude keeps temperatures to a pleasant low 20s centigrade all year round. Winter is cooler and dry, and runs from June to September. Summer is from December to March and brings a few showers.
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PlanesMariscal Sucre International Airport (www.aeropuertoquito.aero) is an hour’s drive from the centre of town. There are direct flights from Miami (American Airlines), Atlanta (Delta), Madrid (Iberia), Amsterdam (KLM) and several South American airlines.
TrainsFollowing a $280 million investment, Ecuador’s train network (http://trenecuador.com/en/) has risen from the near dead, with a cross-Andean service that takes in spectacular scenery (and has some very pretty steam trains).
AutomobilesA car is not required, or particularly easy to manoeuvre around these narrow, cobbled streets. The old town is great to cover on foot.
TaxisLicensed taxis can be hailed from the street, or book in advance with www.easytaxi.com/ec.