This picture show just why the busses of Latin America are called chicken busses.
Well, you don’t have to ride on the roof as these chickens, but be prepared for bumby roads, loud music from the bad radio on the bus, stops in the middle of nowhere to let people on or of, for locals with huge bags of rice, boxes of live animals and some children on their backs.
All this just adds to the charm of taking the busses in Ecuador.
If the president of your country gets to leave its position, and if you want to attend the show, you'd better chose a good rolling chair to reach the place as soon as possible !!! ;-D
Si le president de votre pays est destitue et que vous voulez assister au show, choisissez une bonne chaise a roulettes pour arriver au meilleur moment des festivites !!!
Whenever possible, we prefer to enjoy the freedom that a private means of transportation provides. In many developing countries, hiring a car with driver as mandatory and in Equator we decided it was also a good option.
Technically we could have driven on our own, since most roads where we transitted were in good condition, traffic was scarce and usually well mannered, they drive on the right and signs are in an understandable language. However, we preferred the comfort of having us led through the amazing landscapes of South America without the hassle of finding our way through the winding Andean roads.
And that was a perfect option, in particular because of the possibility of communicating with the driver, which is not always such an obvious thing.
A plane is still the only option for reaching the Oriente, except for the extremely fortunate ones whoare the only masters of their time.
The inter-Ecuador bus system is dirt cheap and reliable. I took a bus from Quito to Banos and it cost me about $5 (that is for a five hour ride!). I am not sure where the station is or how to contact them. I am sure any taxista could direct you...
A train line was built to go from the Andes to Guayaquil. Unfortunately the line is now working for a few miles and mainly for tourists.
It's a great experience, however, and a good way to see the Andes.
For more details and pics, you can see my Riobamba's page.
Taxis are convinient to go around the cities of Ecuador. They are cheap but you need to bargain a little...
You may use unofficial taxis to get to some areas in the Andes as well (like in the picture).
The bus is the best (if not the only one) way to go from one city to another. There are some flights connecting the major cities but they are quite expensive.
The network is good and allows to visit most of the country.
A bit dangerous... (see the warning and danger).
From Mompiche : when watching the ocean, go on your left : close to the hotel Mompiche, there is a narrow path. Follow it for 45 minutes, and then take a "lancha" to cross the small river.
Depuis Mompiche : quand vous regardez l'ocean, allez sur votre gauche : pres de l'hotel Mompiche, il y a un petit chemin de terre. Suivez-le pendant 45 minutes : puis prenez une lancha pour traverser le bras de mer : vous y etes !
It's so nice to horseride in Banos, but be careful, all the horses are not treated that well by their speculous owners... And sometimes, look at what you can find on the pavement...
C'est sympa, les balades a cheval a Banos, mais, attention, tous les chevaux ne sont pas bien traites par leurs proprietaires sans scrupules... Et voila ce qu'on peut retrouver sur le trottoir !
We used Sangay touring based in Quito to book our 7 day Galapagos Islands cruise on the Seaman. They were very responsive and helpful in planning our trip. As well, out of all the people on the boat, we ended up paying the least for the tour as a result of booking directly with an Ecuadorian company rather than booking through a US agent. Plus, the profit stays in the country. All travel agents have access to bookings on most of the boats so the fewer middle-persons involved, the less expensive it's going to be.
Although we only used the public bus twice during our trip, both times were very comfortable. The schedules are convenient and they seem to go everywhere very often. The drivers can get a tad aggressive but, hey, one pound, one vote. We've been on much worse!
Visiting and enjoying a country is some times depending on the way you do the transport.
We were lucky to have those two young drivers - from Quito - through the mountains till the airoplane for Galapagos Islands.
Thanks guys - you made for a big part my journey to your beautiful country i like to revisite once !
A touristic bus - well airconditioned - some good drivers - because believe me - the roads are different from Europe or many other countries - not that bad as in India or Cuba ! We had some long drives - but thanks to the drivers - it was a good riding through this beautiful landscapes of ecuador.
No need to pay a tour if you only want to see the Laguna (the tours include the visit of other small villages and picture-stops).
Take a bus to Zumbahua (2,5 USD : be careful, some may make you pay 5 USD).
Once in Zumbahua, bargain with people to get a camioneta that will wait for you over there until you come back from your climbing down... We paid only 10 USD for 2 persons (the whole trip in camioneta) : but I am sure it can be negociated at a lower price...
Le Chemin pour y aller...
Il n'est pas utile de payer une excursion pour simplement voir la Lagune (ca le devient si vous voulez faire des poses-photos en cours de chemin). Prenez le bus de Latacunga pour Zumbahua (2,5 USD : attention, on essaiera de vous faire payer 5 USD par personne). Une fois sur place, negociez une camioneta qui vous attendra jusqu'a votre eventuel retour, en cas de descente vers la lagune). Nous avons paye notre camioneta 10 USD pour 2, mais je suis sur qu'on peut mieux negocier !
Very cool, very useful, very practicable and... very cheap !
One of the best means of transportation inside Ecuador's forests...
Bien sympa, super pratique et... pas cher !
L'un des meilleurs moyens de transports en Equateur...
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