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Getting There & Away

Main Bus Terminal About 2km northwest of downtown, this modern terminal has hourly buses for Quito ($4.60, four hours) and intermediate points, as well as buses to Guayaquil ($5.65, 4½ hours), Cuenca ($6, six hours) and Alausí ($2.35, two hours, at least hourly between 5am and 8pm). An awesome font of info on this terminal is located at, and the terminal has a handy airport-like monitor with a handy listing of departures.

Flota Bolívar has morning and afternoon buses to Guaranda ($2.50, two hours); some continue on to Babahoyo. Guaranda-bound buses pass the access road to Chimborazo and the mountain refuges. There are hourly buses for Baños ($2), Puyo ($6) and Macas ($5).

Three long blocks south of the main bus terminal (turn left out of the front entrance), off Unidad Nacional, is a smaller terminal with frequent local buses for Cajabamba, Laguna de Colta and the chapel of La Balbanera. Buses for Guamote ($1, 45 minutes to one hour) leave from the Terminal Intercantonal in the north of the city on Avenida Canonigo Ramo.

Buses to Atillo in Parque Nacional Sangay leave from the Chambo terminal on Puruhá and Primera Constituyente.

To visit the villages of Guano and Santa Teresita, take the local bus from the stop at Pichincha and New York.