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Travel in Ecuador:
Most visitors arrive by air. On a clear day the arrival into Quito is spectacular with the tops of the great volcanos rising above the clouds followed by the descent into the city flying almost between the tower blocks. This will change in the future with plans to build a new modern airport on the outskirts. Unless you are being picked up at the airport, you will have to take your chances with an expensive airport taxi to take you to your final destination.

Taxis generally are inexpensive. As elsewhere, do ask if they have a working meter. If not you should agree the fare in advance, but you will probably pay over the odds. We have found that you can travel most places around the new part of town for a couple of dollars or so (unless you get stuck in a traffic jam), and you can practice your Spanish with the driver!

Buses are incredibly cheap and on the routes served by the eco-bus are the fastest way of getting around too. The eco-bus runs in designated bus lanes down the centre of major arteries through the city. Buy your ticket in advance for around 25c. They can get crowded but are by far the most interesting way to move around. Long distance buses can provide tedium and excitement in equal measure -they can be slow, have noisy stereos and tend not to slow down for bends on mountain roads.

Driving in Quito for the first time is not for the faint-hearted. It can be great when you get out of town on the quieter roads though. A couple of basic rules -roads running on the north-south axis have right of way, and always do as directed by the traffic police, unless you want an on-the-spot fine.

Hire cars are readily available, although can be expensive (cars are expensive to buy in Ecuador). Make sure you know exactly what insurance is being offered. If you plan to go off-road or into remoter areas, remember that the terrain can be punishing to both vehicles and occupants.

Useful Links
Flights and airlines -information on Quito airport and airlines serving Ecuador.
Car hire -where to hire everything from a four wheel drive to a Mercedes in Quito.
Bus and trains -using the public transport systems.
Yachts and Cruises -charter yachts and cruisers in the Galapagos.

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Avenue of the Volcanos
The peaks of the great volcanoes including Cotopaxi, Cayambe, Tunguruhua, Sangay and the Illinizas can be seen in the distance as you fly into Quito.

Books online:
The Rough Guide to Ecuador - Edition 3
Harry Ades and Melissa Graham
Paperback - 25 Jan 2007
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