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Air

The TAME office is on the lower floor of the snazzy mall at the Centro Comercial, about five blocks from downtown on Maldonado; it also has an office at the airport itself. TAME has daily flights to Quito (one way $75), and Guayaquil (one way $138, with one stop) and Cali, Colombia (one way/return $196/$240; one-way fare sold to Colombian nationals only).

Bus

The new bus terminal, Terminal Terreste, is 4km from the city center on the road to Atacames. Note that you'll pay more for a comfy coach-cama seat on long-distance rides, but your spine may thank you. There's frequent service to Quito ($9.25, six hours, six daily) and Santo Domingo ($4.25, three hours, 10-plus services daily). A taxi from the terminal to the city center is $3.

Buses from Esmeraldas

Atacames

Cost ($)

1

Duration (hr)

1

Guayaquil

Cost ($)

11-12

Duration (hr)

9

Manta

Cost ($)

12

Duration (hr)

10

Mompiche

Cost ($)

3.90

Duration (hr)

Muisne

Cost ($)

2.50

Duration (hr)

2

Quito

Cost ($)

9-11.25

Duration (hr)

6

San Lorenzo

Cost ($)

5.30

Duration (hr)

5

Santo Domingo

Cost ($)

4.75

Duration (hr)

3-4