Ecuador-How to drive and where to stay
This article has basic information about Ecuador, including details about roads and driving, gas prices, hotels with parking and camping.
- Population: 13,922,000
- Capital: Quito
- Fun Fact: Ecuador also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 965 kilometers (600 miles) west of the mainland.
Roads and Driving
Quito Driving Restriction
Be aware that Quito has a driving restriction based on the last number on your licence plate. Cars ending in 1 or 2 are not allowed to drive on Monday, 2 or 3 on Tuesday and so on.
The permit lasts for 90 but this can be extended by a further 90 days by applying in writing to the District Manager of the nearest customs office, 'only for properly justified reasons'. Over staying the permit results in a fine of 10% of the 'CIF Value' of the vehicle. Full details on the back of the permit, in Spanish and English.
Prices are in US Dollars Per Gallon
Sept, 2012: $1.48 gallon of regular, $1.00 per gallon of diesel, $2.00 per gallon of premium gasolin
Conversion: 1L=0.26 gallons
For information on border crossings with a vehicle, see the Ecuador Border Crossing page.
Camping and Hotels
Rose Cottage - Beautiful place on the hill behind Otavalo, great veiws. Cost $4.50 per person. Has hot showers, bathrooms, warm common areas, and wifi. No kitchen for guest use, but a great little covered outside area to have a fire or cook. Particularly nice for tent campers. http://www.rosecottageecuador.com/
GPS: 0°12'26.01"N 78°17'7.92"W (Estimate) See photos and more details on our site.
Rincon del Viajero - camping is located 1km from the Panamericana on the road to Lakes of Mojanda. $5 per person per night. Hot showers, wifi, kicthen area. Also has hostel in town with same name.
Hostal Jhomana, Gil Ramirez Davalos 151 (near Amazonas, in Mariscal Sucre, Quito. www.jhomana.com, 252-2566. Hot water, wireless internet, breakfast included, around $35/night. Has room for 3 cars in gated lot out front.
Casa Helbling is a great place to stay with the best mattresses ever. $2-3 breakfasts, laundry facilities, wifi, hot showers, well-equipped kitchen, fireplaces and parking for a smaller car or motorbikes. A double room was about $22USD/ night.
Cotapaxi National Park
Tampoaxi Lodge- There is a campground inside the park, but at this altitude us tent campers need a warm place to hang out during the day. Camping here is $6.50 per person, includes a nice rock wall to put your tent behind because the wind never stops, also totally epic views of the mountain. Incredibly hot showers, bathrooms and a restaurant with (very slow) wifi. There is no park entrance fee. http://www.tambopaxi.com/
More details and photos on our site.
Hostal El Eden, 12 de Noviembre and Montalvo (about 2 blocks away from the main church, next door to Hostal Plantas y Blancas). El Eden has parking for about 4 cars, hot water, TV, and is $7/person/night. Nice clean rooms, a good deal.
Pequeño Paraiso (Banos)
Highly recommened for overlanders! This place is outside Banos about 20 minutes. GPS: 1°24'7.78"S 78°17'16.58"W. Cost: $6 per person for tent camping, $10 per vehicle if you sleep inside it. Hot showers, bathrooms, awesome kitchen and grill area, common area and wifi. Beautiful views of the river. And friendly staff. See details and photos on our website.
On the Quilotoa loop, Hostal Cloud Forest has parking. It's simple - no heat, small rooms, but breakfast and dinner are included for $15/person. They can help organize tours of the local area as well. There's only one road in town, so it's hard to miss. 593-032-814-808 email@example.com
Hotel Maeo, Via Olon, 225-6153. Limited TV, electric shower, and maybe a little too close to downtown Montanita since the saturday night raves in nearby bars kept us up much of the night. One of the few places downtown that has parking.
Hotel Amira, Ave Eloy Alfaro between calle 4ta and 5ta. 04-277-0701. AC, cable TV, hot water, parking, one block off the Chipipi malecon (nice section of Salinas). $35/night.