Well, main international...
Well, main international airoports are in Guayaquil (the asphalt strip appears suddenly when you already think the airplane is going to land in the swamps) and in Quito. Taking off from Quito offers the opportunity to think seriously about the advantages of land transportation: the airplane goes lazily up and up in the rarefied air... and still the mountain tops are well above your head, and you cannot imagine where the exit door is!
Air trasport is (after the recent turmoils, should I say "was"?) extremely cheap (the Army owns the main airline company AND the oil fields to refuill the tanks), Quito-Guayaquil is almost a lift service, taking you up and down in some 20 minutes, passing quickly from the cold Sierra climate to hot and humid atmosphere of the Coast.
Travelling around the country must be by "busetas", small busses running eevywhere at any time. In any city, just look for the "terminal rodoviario" and say aloud where you'd like to go... it's a matter of minutes until you find the right bus, leaving in that same moment.Add to your Trip Planner
You can get to Ecuador by...
You can get to Ecuador by Plane or by land from Colombia. The roads of ecuador are very good specially because the landscape in which you drive is beautiful. Roads are very safe. Saeta the mayor airline of Ecuador cover by plane most of the mayor cities.Add to your Trip Planner
THE BUSES ARE GOOD BUT ONLY IF...
THE BUSES ARE GOOD BUT ONLY IF YOU PICK THE BUS YOU WANT. IT DEPENDS ON THE KIND OF COOPERATIVA YOU CHOOSE, IF YOU CHOOSE A POPULAR KIND YOU MAY TRAVEL WITH PEOPLE BUT ALSO WITH ANIMALS.
IF YOU PICK A MEDIUM BUS YOU MAY SMELL BAD ODORS BUT IT´S FINE.
THE MOST RECOMENDABLE TRANSPORT IS AIRPLANE OR RENT A CAR WITH A DRIVER BECAUSE THE TRANSIT SIGNS ARE NOT VERY CLEAR.Add to your Trip Planner
Flying is fastest, but buses...
Flying is fastest, but buses are much, much more interesting.
Buses are certainly the most common mode of transport in the country. There are train services, one of which, the Quito-Guayaquil line, is apparently one of the most spectacular in the world, dropping as it does from around 3,000 meters to sea level in just three or four hundred kilometers. There is also internal air service, mostly provided by TAME, which is a branch of the Ecuadorian Air Force.
This was our first-class bus between Quito and Esmaraldas, which is on the Pacific Coast.Add to your Trip Planner
I love the bus rides. The...
I love the bus rides. The buses are the cheapest and funnest way to travel. You meet cool people and see the coolest sites.
This is the way to ride the bus. When traveling North always sit on the right side of the bus.(seated and facing the front of the bus) When traveling South sit on the left. When going East sit on the right and when going West sit on the left of the bus. This has been my formula for seeing the neatest stuff and best sites. Try to get a window seat whenever possible.Add to your Trip Planner
Devil's nose railway
Ferrocarril El Nariz del Diablo is a very touristy but still nice train ride. You should sit on the roof while admiring the beutiful landscape going down the steep serpentine track.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Wandering around the streets or walking on the beach is the best approach when distances are not too important.Add to your Trip Planner
Taking the bus is the cheapest was of traveling around big cities, but not always the most convinient. Taxis are not expensive.Add to your Trip Planner
San Jose de Magdalena, El Chontal
I knew this hotel as the Sheraton Quito, but I suppose that it was, at least at one time, a Four...more
Have stayed here several times - always recommended by my wife's family. It's easy to get to and...more
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