Quito/Galapagos Islands

Mar 12th, 2019, 04:00 AM
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Quito/Galapagos Islands

HI all! Heading to Galapagos in April and four of us (2 parents, 2 kids, one 13 years old and one 8 years old) are in Quito from afternoon on the 16th to 18th morning (so not very long), leaving to go to Galapagos on the 18th. So really only 1 day in Quito.

We have a similar issue on the way back, leave Santa Cruz Island in morning of the 28th, fly to Quito and then leave to fly home midnight on May 1. My first question is: where should we stay in the city in both cases? Is it best to stay near the airport or stay in the city and enjoy it? How are taxis getting back and forth to the airport? Are they reliable?

Secondly if you have any recommendations for tour guides you've used for day trips from the Islands (San Cristobal, Santa Cruz or Isabela), please let me know!

Thanks so much!
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Mar 12th, 2019, 05:16 AM
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For your inbound stay I'd probably stay near the airport, because the flights to the Galapagos leave so early in the morning, plus the distinct possibility that the inbound flight will be late or you get held up by long lines at customs. For a first time visitor I think the HOHO bus gives a good orientation.

Then you could do a city stay for the return visit. If you have Marriott points, it's a nice hotel and you don't have to drive through all of Quito's horrible traffic to get onto the main road to the airport.

I've also stayed in the neighborhood where the streets are named after explorers a few times, called "La Colon" (La Rabida is nice) but I don't like the backpacker area south of Cordero which is a magnet for petty theft and some other issues you may not want your children to see. Not sure which hotels work for that many people though.

Taxis work fine, at the airport they are regulated. Going back book through your hotel. I understand Uber started in Quito, but have not used it.

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