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Quito, Ecuador: Much needed infrastructure improvements will make it a lot more pleasant to travel to (and through) Quito. The Ecuadorian capital has long been a launch pad for trips to the Galapagos Islands and into the surrounding highlands, but severely congested city roads and an outdated inner-city airport has made travel difficult. Years in development, a new airport is slated to open in February. It has advanced navigation systems, one of the longest runways in the world, and sits 18 kilometres outside of the city centre, which will no doubt cut down on the endless traffic jams. If you have the time, spend at least two nights in Quito’s cobblestone colonial quarter which has a few notable boutique hotels (La Casona de la Ronda Hotel, Casa Gangotena) and an emerging arts scene.

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