Arriving late into Quito
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Sep 24, 2013 2:52 PM Last Post By: NicoleAAS
Aug 18, 2013 12:31 PM
Arriving late into QuitoI am a woman who will be arriving alone at 11:00 pm into Quito. I understand that the new airport is quite far from town and I saw on an earlier post that the cost of a taxi will be around $26. Any advice on where to stay? I just need a place for one night because I'm leaving the next day to meet a friend in Otavalo. I want some place that's safe to arrive at midnight or so. (I assume there's no place near the airport?) I was thinking of some place in the old town, not too expensive. How far is the bus station from there?
Aug 18, 2013 4:00 PM
i flew into quito about the same time (11:00) last march. dont usually make advanced arrangements but this time i did since i didnt want any hassles after a along flight and late arrival. arranged through la posada colonial to have a driver waiting on arrival who took me directly there. $30 - a little more than standard fare but well worth to get directly to the hostel with no complications. im a budget traveler and the $10.00 room in an old hacienda, just off the la ronda in old town, was perfect for me - clean, spacious, relatively quiet, bathroom, old town near by. also made arrangements with them for an early morning taxi to the bus station when i was leaving for cuenca.
Hostal 'La Posada Colonial'
Paredes S 1-49 y Rocafuerte, Quito - Ecuador
Telf. (593 2) 228 2859
Aug 18, 2013 4:22 PM
2A quick search of this forum will show there are a few hostels no more that 115-20 minutes from the airport and as the Otavalo bus heads north to Otavalo it seems a bit pointless going into to colonial Quito jut for the night only to have to double back on your tracks next morning. There is an airport shuttle bus which will take you the old airport for about $8 (I think) and that is also in the north and closer to the bus depot where the Otavalo buses leave from so it might be worth your while looking into that and staying in the north part of Quito for convenience.
Aug 19, 2013 2:59 PM
Aug 19, 2013 4:04 PM
4Once again, great suggestion by Jgcp.
As for arranging the pick: sure, if you feel more comfortable this way. But if that fails for any reason - the taxi stand is literary across customs gates you'll exit from and getting one from them is no hassle. Major light from US including ones from Miami and Houston arrive late at night - it is not like taxis are not ready for passengers :)))
Aug 20, 2013 6:10 PM
5There are a couple of nice places within 15 mins of the airport, actually if you don't want to worry about getting into the city late at night and just want to relax after travel.
Hosteria San Jose http://www.hosteriasanjose.com/?gclid=CKvSxuWsjbkCFYdQ7AodwHUATw
Rincon de Puembo http://www.rincondepuembo.com/en/
Both can arrange to pick you up, you can settle in without the 1.5 hour drive into Quito and wake up the next day refreshed and ready for your adventure to Otavalo. A cab from either of these places to the bus station for Otavalo (Carcelen Station in Quito) should cost no more than $20-25. We often use these two lodges when we have guests arriving or departing at tiring times :)
Best of luck! Ecuador is incredible. Enjoy :)
Aug 22, 2013 2:43 PM
6I´d also say that going to Quito old town late at night doesn´t make much sense, when the next day you don´t have the time to explore it at least for a couple of hours...since you want to go to Otavalo to meet your friend.
Getting from the airport to the old town will take around 1 hour at nighttime (much more during heavy traffic hours), and will cost you around 25-35$. To get from the old town to the northern terminal "Carcelen" will take another 45min by taxi, and cost you app. 10$. Then it´s another two hours to Otavalo, for 2$ on a public bus.
So here is what I would do. Either stay the night at a hotel near the airport, and the next day go by public bus to Otavalo via El Quinche and Cayambe (quicker and cheaper than going first to Quito/Carcelen to take the bus to Otavalo). Others already mentioned hostels close to the airport. There are a few more (one I heard good reports about is Posada Mirolindo http://www.posadamirolindo.com ) and most of them also offer transfers from/to the airport.
Or if you are not too tired after your flight, you could go to Otavalo right away. From the airport it takes about 2 hours to get to Otavalo (so not that much longer than going into the colonial centre of Quito). Only problem, there is no public transport from the airport to Otavalo, only from nearby El Quinche (but not at night!). So your only option would be private transport, either by shuttle services at the airport (or tour companies in Otavalo that come from Otavalo to pick you up at the airport (e.g. Runa Tupari http://www.runatupari.com charge $80 per van ... i used them a while ago, excellent van and driver, very reliable, even waited for me and my family for more than 90min since my flight was delayed...for no extra charge!!) ....or if you speak some Spanish and know how to negotiate, you probably could find a taxi driver that takes you from the airport to Otavalo for 50-60$.
Both these options will save you time and/or money.
Sep 24, 2013 2:23 PM
Sep 24, 2013 2:52 PM
8I'm so glad it's all coming together for you. Hosteria San Jose has always come through for us and the convenience is unbeatable. I hope you rest well there and have a wonderful trip!
studibu made a great suggestion above to cut down on your travel time to Otavalo if you go by bus. The hotel staff should be able to share the best route with you once you arrive. ENJOY!!
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