Car Hire Ecuador
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Are you looking for affordable car hire in Ecuador? Now a day’s it is very popular to rent a car, the majority choose to pick up a car at the airport. With car rental you and your family have the opportunity to take pleasant day trips in the areas surrounding and you will not be dependent on public transport. By comparing prices of car rental from several players, you can save a lot of money. If you prefer to retrieve the rental car in the city center, this is also possible.
The country offers great natural and cultural experiences. It is advisable to book your car rental well before departure, so you’re sure to get just the car that suits you, at the lowest price. In certain periods there may be high demand among rental companies, and the cheapest cars are usually taken first.
Ecuador short guideEcuador, northwest of South America – right at the Equator, and has 14.6 million inhabitants (2009). The country has coastline to the Pacific Ocean to the west, and bordered by Colombia to the north and Peru to the east and south. The country also includes the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean, located 1000 km west of the mainland.
The landscape consists roughly of the highlands in the north, the coastal areas in the west, and tropical rain forests in the east. The highest point is Chimborazo, located 6267 m Ecuador has a tropical climate in the lowlands on the Pacific coast and a temperate climate in the highlands.
The capital Quito is located in Northern Highlands – 2800 m – And has about 1.4 million inhabitants. Quito is Ecuador’s second largest city after Guayaquil.
The town lies at the foot of the active volcano Pichincha, and from the center you can take the cable car “Teleferiqo» up to a lookout point on the volcano’s eastern side. Old Town in Quito UNESCO World Heritage site, with several well-preserved historic churches and buildings.
The nation’s largest city is Guayaquil, located 250 km southwest of the capital. The city has 2.6 million inhabitants (2009) and is located near the Pacific coast. Guayaquil, the country’s main port, and is also an important commercial center.
Other major cities in Ecuador: Cuenca, Ambato, Portoviejo, Machala and Loja.
Traffic and Driving Tips Ecuador
Any foreign visitor who wishes to drive in Ecuador should have an International driver license which he should obtain before leaving his home county. It is permitted to drive in Ecuador with foreign driving permit during the first 30 days after arrival to the country. It is not required, but recommended to have an International driving permit in case of an accident or problem. If the foreign visitor doesn’t have the International driving permit and has a driver license issued by his country of residence, after 30 days of his stay in Ecuador, he have to attend a course of at the Transportation Headquarters of the National Police to obtain Ecuadorian driver license.
In urban areas, the maximum speed limit is 50 km/h (30 mph). If driver drive above 60 km/h (37 mph), he will be taken to jail.
On perimeter roads, the maximum speed limit is 90 km/h (55 mph). Driving with speed from 90 km/h (55 mph) until 120 km/h (75 mph) is an infraction. In case of driving above 120 km/h (75 mph), a driver can be taken to jail.
On straight roads, the maximum speed limit is 100 km/h (60 mph). Driving with speed between 90 km/h (55 mph) and 135 km/h (84 mph) is an infraction. Drivers can be taken to jail if drive with the speed above 135 km/h (84 mph).
On curvy roads, the maximum speed limit is 60 km/h (37 mph). Driving with speed from 60 km/h (37 mph) to 75 km/h (45 mph) is an infraction. For driving above 45 mph drivers can be taken to jail.
Rules to know:
The permitted blood-alcohol level is 0.07%.
Traffic moves on the right side of the road and overtaking is on the left side.
To drive motor vehicles, a person must be over 18 years of age.
while driving, all car occupants must use seat belts.
Motorcycle riders must wear helmets.
Car insurance is mandatory.
To rent a car, a driver normally has to be 25 years of age. A valid driver license with a driver’s photo may be accepted; otherwise, an International driving permit is necessary.
Drivers always should be aware of cyclists as they don’t have special lanes only for them and are common on the roads.
At traffic lights, drivers always should wait until the light has turned green before going; many drivers sometimes instead of braking accelerate when the light turns yellow.
The rush hours are 8:00 – 9:30 (8a.m. – 9:30 a.m.), 12:00 – 13:00 (12p.m. – 1p.m.), 17:00 – 19:00 (5 p.m. – 7p.m.) from Monday to Friday.
The police phone number is 911.
Cuenca / Cuenca Mariscal Lamar International Airport
Esmeraldas / Esmeraldas Carlos Concha Torres International Airport
Galapagos / Seymour Baltra Galapagos Airport
Guayaquil / Guayaquil International Airport
Manta / Manta Eloy Alfaro International Airport
Quito / Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Ecuador has several international airports. The busiest is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (the capital Quito) and José Joaquín Olmedo International Airport (at Guayaquil).
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