|My-Quito.com : Car
Hire in Ecuador
- Driving in Quito for the first
time is not for the faint-hearted. It can be great when you get
out of town on the quieter roads, though. A couple of basic rules
for Quito -roads running on the north-south axis have right of
way, and you should always do as directed by the traffic police,
unless you want an on-the-spot fine.
Hire cars are readily available, although can be expensive (cars
are expensive to buy in Ecuador). Make sure you know exactly
what insurance is being offered -I would really suggest you try
to ensure it is fully comprehensive. If you plan to go off-road
or into more remote areas, remember that the terrain can be punishing
to both vehicles and occupants.
- When you park in Quito, there
are often attendants who will 'help' you park and look after
your car -you should tip them 25 cents when you collect your
car. Ideally you should find somewhere secure to keep the car
overnight, and never leave possessions on sight in your car.
- Carry your drivers licence and
vehicle registration with you at all times -there are numerous
police check points where you will be required to produce them.
- Car Hire Companies
- Avis -Av. Amazonas. Also Guayaquil and Manta.
-pick up at Marical Sucre Airport or Av. Amazonas in Quito plus
brances at Manta and Guyaquil. Have provided us with excellent
service in Quito on a number of occasions.
- Expo Rent a Car
-quite frankly the worst car hire company I have ever come across.
We tried to hire from them over New Year 2011-12. Demanded money
up front. The car failed to materialise, staff wouldn't admit
they hadn't got one and offered a smaller, which after waiting
three hours also failed to materialise. Manager tried to hide
from us and only refunded our money when we and another customer
threatened to call the police. Use at your peril.
-Swiss Hotel -Calle Cordero 433 y Avenida 12 de Octubre.
4wd.com -all in one package
of car and driver. Av. 12 de Octubre E11-14 y Orellana, Edificio
Lincoln, 2do Piso, Quito. Tel: +593 (2) 2 544 719
- Simon Ave.
Shyris 2930 and Isla Floreana.
- Turisvision -chauffeur drive car, van and bus hire in Ecuador.
Adventure Motorcycle Tours, tour
the back roads of Ecuador on off-road motorcycles with Thomas
Enduro -web site in German.
- Pinto 356 y J.L. Mera
tel.: (02) 254 93 58
- Freedom Bike Rental
-mountain bike, scooter and motorcycle rentals and tours, along
with self-guided GPS scooter tours of Quito.
- Juan Leon Mera N-22-37 (entre
Carrion y Veintimilla)
Tel: (02) 250-4339 and 08-176-2340
-the story of a 4x4 trip through the length of south America
-the link should take you straight to the Ecuador leg of the
- Overland Club -from Quito to Lima, La Paz, Satiago, Buenos
Aires and Rio de Janeiro overland.
- VW Vagabonds
-the Ecuador page from the account by Richard Ligato and Amanda
Bejarano-Ligato of their three year travels around the world
in a VW camper, with some excellent images.
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