It seems that some expats in Cuenca are spreading some unusual Cuenca taxi rates online. Such as: the fixed $2 rate.
I hate to disappoint, but it doesn’t exist. There has never been, and never will be a fixed rate for a whole city.
Its bizarre even to think about it. Have you ever heard of that in any city, anywhere?
Now, officially, the taxis are supposed to have meters, and that’s a different story. The rates are usually determined by a standard rate.
For example, a taxi from Baños to the Cuenca Airport – on the other side of the city is usually $4. The return ride usually costs us $5 (sometimes $6 at night). Not a big deal. 5 years ago, a similar taxi ride in Toronto (airport to downtown) was running from $50-55 (sometimes metered, sometimes fixed rates. The white gloved limo drivers were often less at the fixed rate of $50 than the trashed compact taxi on the meter). So we pay it. We’ve taken it at least 50 times, so we know what the rate should be and that’s what we pay.
In the center, we’ve paid $1.50 and $2.00 a number of times, but these are pretty short rides. On a side note, my most expensive taxi ride in Ecuador was $10. I had bad directions and we got really lost in Quito. After almost an hour the driver asked for $10 (no meter).