How to Get to La Posada del Quinde
From Quito, there are a few options to get to Otavalo. They depend on how much you are willing to pay, ($) and how adventurous you want your trip to be (!):
From Terminal Carcelén (Quito’s northern bus terminal), Otavalo is about a two-hour bus ride costing $2. There are storage bins for luggage underneath the buses or you can keep things at your feet if you’ve packed lightly. There are rarely problems on the buses, but we caution you to stay alert. You can get a taxi to Terminal Carcelén from anywhere in Quito.
2 Hop On Ecuador
If you’re interested in seeing Ecuador without being on the buses that stop every mile, you can purchase a pass that allows you to travel all over Ecuador via express bus. Buy the pass and hop on and off the route whenever you choose. If you’re interested in purchasing a pass, please contact us at La Posada to take care of that for you. Cities along the route include Otavalo, Mindo, Papallacta, Tena, Baños and Quito. Check out the website for details.
3 Collective Taxi
If you have the ability to buy a ticket 2-3 days in advance in Taxis Lagos’ Quito office, you can make an appointment for a pick up at a hotel or residence in Quito and you will be delivered directly to the door of the hotel. It currently costs $8.50 per passenger. Though it can be cramped, it is more convenient than the bus. Be aware that they do not pick up people from the airport or from Old Quito.
4 Private Taxi
There are a variety of operators who make trips between Quito and Otavalo, costing anywhere from $55-90 depending on vehicle type. Contact Us for private taxi arrangements.
5 Car Rental
Though it is expensive and a bit daring to rent or hire a car in Ecuador and brave the roads, there are plenty of agencies in Quito where you can find a car (most well-known agencies like Hertz and Budget). Be sure to have your country’s driver’s license on hand if you are driving, as they will sometimes ask for your documents at checkpoints.
We will help to arrange travel in whatever way we can. Click here for a couple maps to assist you in your travel.