Looking for recommendations for getting from Guayaquil to Cuenca. Which way would give most travelling comfort?(3 women) Bus or private van service? Any info on prices , best companies to use would be appreciated ... not wanting to fly because I want to use this as a chance to see the countryside . Thank you
Definitely best to stay overnight. Hotel Jeshua is a great little place, $25/night for a single room with private (hot) shower...very basic, but clean and safe accommodation.
For transportation, you can also use OperAzuay Tours (very near the Guayaquil airport) for $12 per person for the same van ride up the mountains. If you have more than two suitcases, they'll charge you a few dollars each for the extras.
Once again you do not have to follow the advice of "casade Cuenca" as it will cost you a lot more than you should pay. Next he will ask you stay in his hostal. Look around as most people will honestly try to help you , but not everyone.
Right Willie, but then you are just an Ecuador wannabe. After you have been here for a couple years, your opinion might be worth something. There are shared vans available for about $12 a person, but they only allow one large suitcase. Private vans cost $100-120, ditto for private taxis. Buses cost $4-8 and leave every 30 minutes.
casadecuenca--- I am a resident of Ecuador and I live in Guayaquil. My wonderful Ecuadorian wife and I travel by bus all over this nice country and really benefit by extremely low transportation costs. For you to suggest to 3 women that they should spend $120 for a 3 hour ride to Cuenca is not a very nice thing do do to anyone. I do remember that you suggested the same to another person within the last last month and you said that the driver was your contact. Anyone that follows this forum knows that your financial interests trump any helpful advice you give. People new to the forum need to beware of your self serving supposedly innocent suggestions.
Willie, for you to make a statement without any proof that I have a financial interest in what public conveyance people use just proves to all of us that you do not know your A** from your elbow. You just try to get a van service to pay you a commission. The private taxis I choose to recommend are because the drivers are polite, speak English, can read maps, are always on time and the customers pay them directly.
It is true and no secret that I operate a guesthouse in Cuenca: www.casadecuenca.net with my beautiful Ecuadorian wife and our references are impeccable. Our casa is pet friendly, beautiful, safe, quiet, convenient and we have the lowest rates in Cuenca.
Maybe you should come here, have a look and stop taking shots from the cheap seats.
Casdecuenca---look back about a month ago and you recommended to a person your own personal driver for the same Guayaquil to Cuenca trip for $120. Your advice to new people on this forum has you in mind not them. By the way how is your Ireland residency going on the Irish ex-pat forum. You are very dishonest and people should be aware of you.
Willie, I do not have a personal driver, what I did and do recommend is Operazuay Tours van service and they charge $100-120 for a private van. They used to charge $80 but they are getting greedy so I use local taxis unless the people have too much luggage. When I find someone who is reliable, English speaking and on time, I recommend using them but they are certainly not my personal driver.
I haven't a clue what you are alluding to about my supposed intended Irish residency. I have never been interested in Ireland, the only other place I considered before moving to Cuenca was Valencia Spain. I think you have been smoking too many mushrooms or are off your meds.
casadecuenca---I do believe one of the names you go by is Malcolm Redding among others. You have been in trouble with the law before. You were on the Irish ex-pat forum talking about your supposed residency in Ireland. I am not alone in understanding your dishonesty, this forum is here to help people. You care only for yourself and people should know this. I want people to take with a grain of salt what you say and I certainly care not to waste the time corresponding with you. The things you say are not true. You are a sad person.
We were in Cuenca recently for 2 weeks...we took the bus from Guayaquil to Cuenca, very nice executive bus with TV and a bathroom in the rear....it cost $8 per person. Guayaquil bus station can be a little daunting...To get the best view sit on driver side going to Cuenca. Also sit up front if you can....the ride can upset your stomach if you sit in the rear because of the suspensions of the buses. It is a long ride. Spectacular views, though some parts of Guayaquil are like riding through a trash dump. Really bad. Once you get out of there though, it is indeed spectacular. All the bus companies equipment is very similar so doesn't matter which line you choose.
We stayed at Murali Hotel, very clean but basic, cost us $56, about 2 blocks from the airport. Staff there very helpful, even drove us to the airport upon leaving at 3 AM.
Very good restaurant within walking distance of that hotel called OKA, noisy and outside...but had a mountain of really tasty fried chicken and rice ....cost $4.
Can you tell me if there was an express bus option ..and did u feel your luggage was safe where it was stored from theft? People have alluded to the fact that when the bus stops along the way .. people could have access to your luggage .Should this be a concern? Thx
casadecuenca and willie can you guys just be civil and try to provide your insights on things Ecuador without any extracurricular stuff? folks like us could use your help ..... you are missing the bigger picture here thank you for understanding ... a gringo seeking the nicer ecuador
Sadly my friend, Willie and a few other wing-nuts on this forum are among sorry individuals who like to spread unfounded rumors about people they have never met to make themselves feel superior. They are a very sad lot, but they exist everywhere. They operate on the basis of "don't bother me with the facts, my mind is made up. So I have given up trying.
I have lived in Cuenca for two years spent several months visiting other cities in Ecuador before I chose Cuenca. I have also visited every country in Central America over the past 15 years, some twice. If you want an honest dialogue about Ecuador, send me a private message with any questions you have.
Casadequenca or Dunmovin or MalcolmRedding or what other you go by: This topic started with a lady and her two friends inquiring about the cost of transportation between Quayaquil to Cuenca. You stated up to a $120 would be sufficient. There are 2 other replies by honest people stating $12 and $8 per person is sufficient and also giving the name of the carrier. There is quite a difference of price here. People are using the forum for honest help from the people on the forum that supposedly have no financial interest at stake. You know and have drivers that take people on this trip for $120. This seems very dishonest. Now you are asking these people to write you privately so that you may help them. Most people on this forum are good people but not all. It is always good to look around and ask. Thank-goodness for this forum and all the honest people that has helped people as me to move and live in this nice country. If you need a honest answer I will try my best to help you as will many, many other ex-pats here. Thank you, Willie
Willie, you are comparing apple to oranges. A shared van where you are one of 7 other passengers runs about $8-12 per person and you are usually limited to one large suitcase or you pay extra. A shared van will only take passengers to the van's business location and then you are on your own.
A private van, where you are the only passenger along with your luggage is $80-120 depending on van service. When I moved to Cuenca in 2011/12, ago I used a private van on 3 trips with my 18 suitcases and 2 dogs. I paid $120 for each trip and I was driven directly to my apartment. I suggested the 3 women with their luggage take a private van to Cuenca. It is easier, more comfortable and the van driver will take them anywhere in Cuenca they need to go.
Most airline flights into Guayaquil arrive in the late afternoon or evening. I also suggest that incoming visitors stay in a hotel overnight and take a private van in the morning. They will be picked up at the hotel. The ride to Cuenca through the Cajas National Park is spectacular during the day, but not at night.
While the intercity buses cost $4-8 depending on your age, I do not usually recommend first time visitors to try to use the Guayaquil bus terminal, it is very large and confusing especially to non Spanish speakers and there is the real danger of your luggage disappearing. I take the bus to Guayaquil all the time with no problems but I have lived here for 2 years.
Malcom Redding (aka CasadeCuenca) has again broken the forum rules by posting a belligerant mtter.
Since he has been on this forum in a number of guises for quite a few years -- and is fully aware that the WELCOME FORUM in which this is posted is for non attacking posts -- once again he is being reported to ADMINISTRATION
As CasadeCuenca; LuckyDawg, DunMovin or the name you were born with Larry -- you really need to learn that rules do apply to you.
In addition -- threatening your fellow posters through their Private message box is also unnacceptable.
Susan, you know very well that you and some of the other wingnuts on this forum were posting lies and repeating rumors as fact. After contacting a lawyer I was advised to warn them that they were commiting criminal libel, which in Ecuador can send you to prison. I sent each a private message and I believe I included you. I merely told Willie what my lawyer recommended I do. I warned you that if you or any of the others are convicted of libel, you will lose your visa and maybe go to prison.
May I politely reiterate what the moderator has stated ? This particular Forum is meant for newcomers seeking advice not for rancorous and devisive commentary. Please take your personal, petty ' riñas ' to another site ! You represent the reason many of us avoid gringos living down here.
Kmoriarty45; I did not throw the first stone in this tale. The first post was from a woman who wanted to know the options on transportation from Guayaguil to Cuenca for 3 persons and luggage. I have lived in Cuenca for 2 years and have used every method available and the cost, which I posted on this forum. I was then accused by some wingnut named Wiliie in Guauyaquil as being dishonest--without a shred of proof and I responded with facts not baseless accusations. I believe it is written somewhere "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone".
And Mr. Larry Neal Arnold currently using the name Malcolm Redding:
Your statement to the posters here is considered a threat. Your acknowledgement that you are indeed sending these threats veiled in Private Messages -- is considered asa very serious breach of the posting guidelines here.
And while the information your abogado provided you is correct, that CRIMINAL libel if proven might in certain circumstances, if proven serious enough and if damages were extreme enough, could in fact eventually in time effect a person's visa status, it is truly far from likely in this instance. Criminal libel however is not occurring in this case under Ecuador Law.
An example of Criminal Libel in recent Ecuador history is the case of Correa vs. El Universo where the actions of a journalist lead to the death and injury of national soldiers during the police uprising of Sept 30 2010
So again you are making empty threats to the posters here meant to initimidate them.
Any information that has been posted about you has been posted by you originally and brought back up to counter your statements and make obvious your intent or has been linked to information in the public domain -- such as news articles. If you find this uncomfortable, that is not libel, that is a feeling of guilt for being found out.
Bottom line: You broke the rules of this Forum by once again (following your final warning) -- attacked a poster in the Welcome Section
You broke the rules of this Forum by sending threatening posts to posters through their Private Messages. -- again after being given a final warning not to do so.
I have used Operazuaytur a number of times to make this trip, both renting a seat and renting the entire van. I believe the rate is $12 for a shared van which gives a single passenger a seat and space for a single suitcase. Additional suitcases are charged separately. You can also rent a van and driver which used to be $80 each way but I have heard it was recently raised to either $85 or $90 each way. It can be a lovely trip during the day but I don't recommend making the trip at night. For info www.operazuaytur.com. They have offices in both Guayaquil and Cuenca. I have taken the bus from Guayaquil also. It is not a bad trip but if you don't speak Spanish, navigation the bus station can be difficult. There are also private drivers who will make the trip using their cars or SUVs. Take a look at Gringo Posts for recommendations.
Good thread. It had some good info, some infighting, twist, laughs... I am looking for updates to this info. We fly into QYE late and I would like to take ground transport for the views. What are the current thoughts on bus vs van vs private taxi? I would rather pay a little more for a good driver and conversation, than save a few bucks and be stuck on a bus with someone that bothers me. Are people allowed to smoke on buses or vans? What is the worst that you will see? I'm no princess, I've ridden in belching buses with non English speaking folks holding their chickens and goats, so I'm just asking...
Scoobydoo: The interprovincial transport buses in Ecuador are not like the chicken buses you say you have experienced. haha.
They are very comfortable, with aircraft-style reclining seats and onboard bathrooms. very much like any modern Greyhound bus in the US. No smoking allowed on these buses. You can recline and go to sleep. Your large bags go in the belly, and you can take one or two small carry-on bags on your person. The bus will stop for snacks and some leg stretching along the route. There are no luggage weight limits on buses.
In my opinion, they are MUCH more comfortable than any small van of car, not to mention much cheaper.
Only caveats, which must be mentioned, is that you run a small risk of:
1) a hold-up highway robbery enroute (very rare, but it happens),
2) A few times some buses have had road accidents due to overtired and sleepy drivers, and,
3) someone onboard behind you might open and steal stuff from your carry on bags while you are sleeping if you are not careful... so a piece of advice; don't store your bags in the overhead compartment, or below your seat behind your legs and therefore out of sight. Keep them close to you at all times, within sight, like under the seat in front of you and,... better still, attached with a small carabiner to your body or to a fixed object.
But If you are a bit careful and use common sense, buses are the best way to go, in my opinion.
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