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Ecuador - Getting There

The main airports in Ecuador are Quito and Guayaquil. Quito airport is located approximately 5 miles from the city, and transfer times are relatively short at around 20 minutes depending on time of travel. The flight from London to Quito takes around 17 hours and if flying from New York the flight time is considerably shorter at just 9 and a half hours. The facilities there are as one would expect from an international airport and include banks and currency exchange booths, duty free shops, bars and tourist information.

Guayaquil airport is located approximately 3 miles from the city, so transfers times are even shorter, again depending on traffic it takes only around 10 minutes to travel into the city. Guayaquil airport has a postal service, restaurants and duty free shops as well as the bank services and VIP lounge.

There are no direct flights from the UK to Ecuador, and changeovers usually occur in the United States. Depending on which airline is being used will depend on which US airport the stopover will occur. Travelling around the country is often done by air as there are many smaller airports which take internal flights.

For those wishing to travel by sea, the main port is at Guayaquil. This is used for both passenger and freight services. From Europe the traveller can expect the trip to take approximately 21 days.

It is possible to travel into Ecuador by road, although it is not recommended, and is very impractical. Cars are available to hire but this is not the safest way to travel across the country. The Pan-American Highway is in fairly good condition and operates a toll system. It begins at the Colombian border and runs through to Quito. Some parts are mountainous and can be fairy dangerous.

Buses and coaches are another option, which allows someone else to take the responsibility of driving. Buses can be very cheap and coaches are often air-conditioned. It is recommended that all passengers keep there luggage within sight and their passports to hand. Police checks occur regularly and all paperwork needs to be shown.

There have been many incidents of kidnapping near to the Colombian border and so travelling from this direction is not recommended. All travellers need to be aware of their personal safety at all times and thefts are commonplace.

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