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El TelefériQo to Pichincha Vulcano, Quito in background

The TelefériQo (from teleférico and Quito), or TelefériQo Cruz Loma, is a gondola lift in Quito, Ecuador, running from the edge of the city centre up the east side of Pichincha Volcano to lookout Cruz Loma. It is one of the highest aerial lifts in the world, rising from 3,117 m (10,226 ft) to 3,945 m (12,943 ft).[1] The ascent takes about eight minutes, traveling 2237 linear metres.[1]


The TelefériQo opened in July 2005, and is a tourist attraction. At the summit there are restaurants, coffee bars and stores. There are hiking trails with points where pictures can be taken of Quito. Due to the increased altitude and the wind on the mountain it is cooler than the city and is susceptible to fog, especially in the mornings. The height of the upper station is enough to cause symptoms of altitude sickness in some individuals.[2]

The visitor centre at the base includes the VulQano Park amusement park, restaurants and food court, and other attractions.[3]


Coordinates: 0°11′31″S 78°31′8″W / 0.19194°S 78.51889°W / -0.19194; -78.51889