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Travel from Quito to Guayaquil in April

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Travel from Quito to Guayaquil in April

We are two ladies in their early sixties who are spending 4 weeks in Ecuador. We arrive in Quito and have 3 night there and then two days (one night) beofre due to at Guayquil for 24th prior to Galapagos. Had hoped to go by bus but think htat this may be not wise. Is hte train a good option or should we fly. Really did want to see the beauty of the country by road but not if at risk etc.

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1. Re: Travel from Quito to Guayaquil in April

I flew, and it didnt take long and was roughly 60 dollars. It was worth it. Guayquil is rather sketchy, especially the bus depot. We had to take a bus from there to the coast, and we were escorted by armed guards as per their request for our protection, and we are young guys in our 20's...

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2. Re: Travel from Quito to Guayaquil in April

OMG fancy that - us oldies wouldnt have a chance would we. We will either fly or take a taxi then to be safe. Many thanks to all for replies.

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3. Re: Travel from Quito to Guayaquil in April

Welcome Leighities...

they have cleaned up Guayquil a decent amount over the last 10 or so years, but id just take a flight...a taxi from Quito to Guayquil will be impossible Id imagine...

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Thank you. We have luckily found a taxi for 3 days from Quito on 22nd April via Riobamba so hopefully we can see beauty of the country safely.

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Thank you. We have luckily found a taxi for 3 days from Quito on 22nd April via Riobamba so hopefully we can see beauty of the country safely.

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6. Re: Travel from Quito to Guayaquil in April

The bus depot in Guayaquil is "sketchy?"

Ummm ... that's without a doubt the nicest bus station I've been through in South America. It's like an upscale mall! (And right next to the airport, great planning!)

You might be talking about the throng of people waiting for connecting city buses outside, but I would (and did) simply leave the terminal by taxi. You might also note that the buses in Ecuador are not quite as comfy as in other places (but cheap!), and a ride directly from Quito to Guayaquil could be quite a haul.

WQst

http://youtu.be/wuwN8avvHVo

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7. Re: Travel from Quito to Guayaquil in April

Thank you WQst. Well we are taking the taxi for 3 days with 2 nights in Riobamba so journey should be manageable. However after Galapagos we will be looking to travel to Cuenca by bus. So I imagine that by then we will feel more "at home" in Ecuador to be able to deal with crowds and local buses too.

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WQst...

yes there are tons of people, thats not what I mean...

Guayquil still is a rather dangerous city compared to most of Ecuador and I can tell you that 2 armed guards with AK's (I think that was the gun they had)...believe they were military escorted us up. We never asked for it or anything and the person who helped us at the counter recommended it. Thats all I can say...so when Im escorted with said individuals, Im going to "intelligently assume" that there was a reason for it...

and with all that said, don't let that deter anything you decide to do

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9. Re: Travel from Quito to Guayaquil in April

Well am now researching a travel company to provide private transfer or tour. Many thanks for fast detailed report. Very frightening for sure.Can't put a price on safety for sure.

Edited: 05 April 2012, 16:04
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10. Re: Travel from Quito to Guayaquil in April

I would Fly.. its a long Trip .. the flights are very Cheap between these two cities.

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