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JetBlue Is Taking Off to Quito, Ecuador

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Do you want to check out beautiful colonial architecture, sip some handcrafted Agua de la Vida or zip line through the jungle? If so, you’re not alone. Quito is quickly becoming a hot destination for travelers, and now you get there with JetBlue.

Starting on February 25, 2016, the airline is introducing daily nonstop service to Ecuador’s capital city from Fort Lauderdale.

When Do I Leave?

Flights bound for Quito will leave Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at 7:05 p.m. and arrive at 11:30 the same night. Return flights will leave Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito at 12:59 p.m. and land in Florida at 5:14 a.m.

JetBlue will be flying the Airbus A320 aircraft, which seats 150 people. Passengers will enjoy the extra legroom the airline is known for, plus first run movies and free snacks and drinks.

What to Do in Quito

Quito is located in a valley in the foothills of the Andes, and wraps around the slope of the Volcano Pichincha. It’s no surprise that visitors find the views and proximity to natural wonders to be to be one of the city’s big draws. While the city rests on a foundation originally built by the Inca’s, its architecture is an interesting combination of colonial and modern influences.

The towers of the basilica in Quito
The towers of the basilica in Quito

The city maybe be Ecuador’s capital and a hotbed for politics, but it’s also the country’s cultural epicenter. There’s no shortage of things to do, whether your looking for museums, local culinary delights, flamboyant festivals or a vibrant nightlife.

Travelers often get started in the neighborhood of Mariscal, which is loaded with restaurants and bars. You can also take foodie walking tours through Old Quito, sampling local delights along the way. If you’re a bit more adventurous, take a bike tour exploring the Andean landscape surrounding the city, and be sure to check out Cotopaxi National Park.

If your looking for a museum, consider Museo Nacional, which has a huge collection of Ecuadorian art. If architecture’s your thing, you might want to explore the Basilica, a lovely cathedral nestled among the the city’s modern skyline. Nearly every weekend is a festival, where you can hang out with locals, see a show and sample some delicious street food.

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