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Traveling Thru Ecuador

I’ll be traveling around Ecuador this June and want to rent a car. Anyone have experience on driving their roads? Tips? Also,has anyone ridden the rails? Are the trains a viable means of transportation? Any help/advice will be greatly appreciated.

by chip chipman at 2011-03-03 04:38:54 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Best way to travel is by bus. They have a great network all over the country and pretty decent buses. The rates are, if I remember correctly, 1$ per hour of bus ride. So for a 6 hour journey, you’d pay $6.
Buses are always on time.
Trains would be nice, but there are none.
As for renting a car.. I have no idea. Sorry.

Best of luck,
Tudor

by Tudor Vintiloiu | 05 Mar 2011 13:03 | Bucharest, Romania | | Report spam→
Thanks Tudor, buses sound like they’re the way to go.But,and I have to claim ignorance here, you not infrequently read about drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Should I carry some cans of REd Bull or a canteen of coffee-just in case?:)
Chip

by chip chipman | 05 Mar 2011 17:03 | Berkeley,ca, United States | | Report spam→
dont take night buses.

by [former member] | 05 Mar 2011 19:03 | Wasatch Range, United States | | Report spam→
Ill be there in may/june if ya want to hook up for some dinner or a beer. andes and amazon.

by [former member] | 05 Mar 2011 19:03 | Wasatch Range, United States | | Report spam→
It’s not like some parts of Africa where night driving is suicide. I felt very safe in Ecuador. Day or night. Just mind your surroundings as you would anywhere else.
Red Bull is nothing. Just have some coca tea. Helps with altitude sickness too. :)

by Tudor Vintiloiu | 05 Mar 2011 21:03 | Bucharest, Romania | | Report spam→
By the way, if you need a guide for the Amazon region, be it for jungle tours, camping or whatever, give this guy a call or an email: http://www.jungletoursecuador.com
He was my guide and he was great.

by Tudor Vintiloiu | 05 Mar 2011 21:03 | Bucharest, Romania | | Report spam→
Thanks to the both of you for your advice.Much appreciated. Eric, I’ll be hanging out around Quito starting around 6/21. Be round and about the vicinity for several days then wandering south.Let’s stay in touch and see about hooking up for beer/dinner.

by chip chipman | 06 Mar 2011 07:03 | Berkeley,ca, United States | | Report spam→

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