Lago Agrio to Otavalo via Pifo
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Nov 21, 2012 12:35 PM Last Post By: studibu
Oct 23, 2012 7:31 AM
My friend is taking a bus from Lago Agrio in the morning and needs to meet me in Otavalo on the same day. The logistics seem a bit awkward if I have them correct, she would take an 8 hour bus from Lago Agrio to Quito and arrive I assume at the southern bus terminal, but then need to take a taxi all the way across Quito to the northern terminal (Carcelen) and then catch an Otavalo bound bus...
So that's the route currently in my head, but the bus terminal thing kind of sucks in Quito, and I suspect there's probably a better way.
I noticed on the map that there is a road that cuts north towards Cayambe/Otavalo between Quito and Papallata. Is this an option to avoid even going into the mess of Quito? Cutting north earlier towards the final destination? My LP map lists 'Pifo' as the town at this intersection. Would there be frequent buses headed up this road? Or is this a good idea/option to save time?
It would be great to save the time & expense of entering Quito only to be on the wrong side of town.
Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated, thank you
Oct 28, 2012 4:09 PM
Nov 14, 2012 6:27 AM
2The bus system is great in Ecuador as it can get you almost anywhere but, you're right, it can be so COMPLICATED at times!
If you do not find a bus from Lago Agrio to Ibarra (which is a great suggestion!), your friend could also arrive at Terminal Quitumbe in the south end of Quito and ride the Eco Via (for only $0.25) to its northern end, Rio Coca. I suggest she try to get on one that says Rio Coca or she'd have to transfer somewhere along the route...no big deal as you just get off one and wait for another to come along but it sounds like you're looking for the least complicated, inexpensive option. The ride should take about an hour and is much cheaper than a cab. At the Rio Coca station, she would take a bus that heads to "Carapungo via Eloy Alfaro" (there are two Carapungo buses; just make sure to be on the ELOY ALFARO bus)...there will be no extra fee here as she will transfer inside the bus station. After about 30 minutes or so, keep an eye out for the terminal on the left...if she lets the money collector know she wants to get off at Carcelen, they should notify her when they arrive but you also can't miss it. It will come up on the left as the bus travels down hill past some warehouses then reaches two traffic lights in front of the two gates of the station.
I surely hope she finds a bus with an appropriate schedule so she can avoid the hassle of transferring from bus-Eco Via-bus-Otavalo but, if she ends up in Quito, using the public transit saves a chunk of money and doesn't take much longer than a cab. Have fun in Otavalo!
Nov 18, 2012 7:44 AM
Nov 21, 2012 12:35 PM
4Well, there are buses from Lago Agrio to Ibarra with Transportes del Valle via Bonita, but the road there isn´t the best and I would be very surprised if the trip is any quicker than going via Papallacta. The quickest way to do it imo is: Lago Agrio-Pifo-Cayambe-Otavalo... Depending on waiting times between buses, your friend is looking at 10-12 hours travelling...
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