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    Transportes Occidentales (goes to the beach)

    by tejanasueca Updated Dec 16, 2005

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    This bus company goes to many places on the coast, and have direct connections to places like Atacames. While their buses also stop at the main termial, their office is closer to Mariscal and in a safer area. You can both board the bus here (you'll get good seats AND don't have to pay the exit tax at the main bus terminal) and ask them to let you off here (since it's walking distance to Mariscal, you'll save some money).

    Some of the direct buses leave early in the morning, so go check out times the day before. While you'll probably be fine buying the tickets right before you leave, you can also buy them ahead of time if you liked (then you better be on time, the bus will not wait for you!).

    The office is located on the street 18 de Septiembre, one block west of Manuel Larrea. It is close to the offices of Flor del Valle and Flota Imbabura.

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    Flota de Imbabura

    by tejanasueca Updated Dec 16, 2005

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    Flota de Imbabura is one of the better bus companies in Ecuador (the best buses) and while they mainly go to the Imbabura province, they also have serveral other destinations. While their buses also go down to the main busstation, you can also board the bus or go to check schedules at their office (locadted within walking distance from Mariscal).

    Their office is located on the street Manuel Larrea (btw Portoviejo and 18 de Septiembre). It's about two blocks west of the park El Ejido, and close to the offices of Flor del Valle and Transportes Occidentales.

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    Taxis

    by Adidi Written Nov 15, 2005

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    I was totally amazed... taxis in Quito are so cheap. I remember going almost all around the city and just paying USD$3.50!!, drivers know most of the places and are ready to talk to you about any question.

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    Transport from the airport

    by travelife Written Oct 6, 2005

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    While coming out from the luggese collection you would see the agents are weaving their hands and smiling at you through their ticket windows. Ignore those women and just walk out of the departure lounge to get a taxi from the outside. These are radio taxi and cheaper you get a treceipt on payment and show that to the next taxi to leave. From inside ticket agents you will be given a large family-size a/c transport spending of course few USD more.

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    Trolley-bus inside city

    by travelife Updated Jul 21, 2005

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    Trolley bises operate in Quito. Go the picture from the taxi on the way to my hostel from the airport. I did use public transport in Quito which happens to be very cheap. To get to old town which is set on the hills, bus is a a good way. Though walking is great to see around but high altitude makes you tired soon.

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  • Don't miss the bus!

    by head05 Written Jul 3, 2005

    Around Quito, one can take the trolley's back and forth between Old Town and New Quito. However, to get out of Quito, or even just side excursions I would recommend bus travel...which can get a little crazy at times.

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    From the Airport to Mariscal (Gringolandia)

    by tejanasueca Updated May 21, 2005

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    Since the airport is in the middle of the city, it is not very far nor very expensive to go from the airport to Mariscal (the area with all the hostels). Essentially, you have two options: taxi or bus.

    The cab ride from the airport to Mariscal will set you back NO MORE than $4.

    You can also take the bus from the airport (10-15min, and only costs $0.25). Just go across the street, and look for one of the blue busses with a sign that says "Amazonas." Get off a couple of minutes after the bus passes the big circle with the big Marriot Hotel at one corner, and you will find yourself in Mariscal.

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    Buses to Cayambe and Mindo

    by tejanasueca Updated May 21, 2005

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    FLOR DEL VALLE is the company that drives from Quito to CAYAMBE and MINDO

    Two important facts about FLOR DEL VALLE:
    1) They go the "back way" to Cayambe and do not pass by Tabacundo (to go to Tabacundo, catch a buss from Quito headed towards Otavalo - these buses usually also stop about 6km west of Cayambe).
    2) They DO NOT leave from the main terminal in Quito.

    IN QUITO, FLOR DEL VALLE is situated on the street Manuel Larrea btw Santiago and Asucion (about two blocks west of the park El Ejido). This is actually a plus if you stay in Mariscal (as this busstation is closer and in a safer area than the main terminal).

    IN CAYAMBE, FLOR DEL VALLE is located on the street Montalvo. From the church on the main square, go east and take a right on Montalvo. The bus stop is close by on the left hand side.

    IN MINDO, FLOR DEL VALLE goes down the main street, just shout when you want to get off (there's only one main street)

    TIME AND MONEY:
    The trip to CAYAMBE takes about btw 1.5-2hrs. The buses leave every 10min btw 8am-7pm. The cost in 2005 was $1.25.

    The trip to MINDO takes about 2hrs. and 15min. On Sunday mornings, the bus departs at 7:15am. The cost in 2005 was $2.50.

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    Terminal Terrestre Cumandá

    by mayadoc Written May 14, 2005

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    The Terminal Terrestre de Cumandá is located in the southern part of the old town, a few blocks from the Plaza de Santo Domingo. From here you can catch a bus to anywhere in Ecuador. There are several companies serving main destinations, and most of the time it takes only few minutes before you are seated in the bus. It´s more a matter of taking the next bus that choosing a company. The Cumandá terminal can be reached from the north (Cumandá trole station) or from the south in a taxi. There are Andinatel offices, cheap restaurants and small stores.Take care of your belongins because robberies had been reported, although I didn't see or heard a problem. There is a $0.20 departure tax.

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    Ecovia

    by tejanasueca Written Feb 18, 2005

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    The Ecovia goes from the north down to colonial Quito (and back). As it only stops at designated stops, it is a lot less confusing than some of the other buses in Quito. Essentially, the Ecovia goes down "la Avenida de 6 de deciembre." Just look for the little booths. The cost is $0.25. If you have change, just drop it in the slots, if not, ask for change at the booth.

    The Ecovia Bus A typical Ecovia stop (this one is Casa de Cultura
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    Taxis and public transport

    by el_ruso Written Feb 14, 2005

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    There are plenty of taxis; a ride from the airport is about $5, tips are not expected.

    There are basically two avenues with a trolleybus and an electric bus running along each from the outer suburbs to the center. Ride is 25c. They are fast, efficient, new and come very frequently.

    There is a vast number of private buses that cruise around, ride is about 35c.

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  • tips for taxis

    by mlf7 Written Oct 12, 2004

    Taxi drivers in Quito don't know much English. Make sure you have some idea of where you are going or a good address that the taxi driver understands before you take off. We spent about an hour in a taxi with a driver who didn't know where the area that we were trying to get to (it was residential.) He kept getting out of the taxi asking directions of locals and he never did figure out where to go, even though we realized later he came within sight of the address!

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  • Bus in Quito

    by CaptainAmerica Written Apr 26, 2004

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    Buses in Quito are cheap and easy to take. You can go around the city very easily without spending too much money.
    The only thing is the polution and the horrible sound they produce (like a monster's breathing).

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    Lots of Busses

    by filipdebont Written Aug 31, 2003

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    There are plenty of busses and trolleys in Quito.

    Just be careful for your belongings as these busses are mostly very full. And the danger of encountering a pickpocket is very big over here.
    Leave are your valuable items in the hotel safe and take a cop of your passport, as there are regular checks from the local police.

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    walking around at 2800 m altitude

    by filipdebont Written Aug 29, 2003

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    As most interesting sightseeing points are located centrally in the old part of Quito, it can easily be done on foot.

    Just be careful, whenever it is your first day in Ecuador. Do it slowly, do not forget that you are at 2800 m altitude.
    If you feel a bit dizzy or weak, stop walking around, and go to your hotel to rest and let your body acclimatize.

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