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"Cab", (C) fiat luxe, Photographer Rebecca Smith. Used under creative commons license.

If you are just learning Spanish, what is the best way to handle taxis in Cuenca? There have been some claims that taxi drivers overcharge Gringos - and in some cases that might be the case.  But generally, we haven't found that to be true. It seems that more often than not, people just don't ... [Read more]


By one taxi drivers estimation (he is an organizer for some of the strikes in the past) there are more than 3000 pirate taxi drivers in Cuenca compared to the 5000 licensed ones. Now the term “pirate” might bring to mind eye patches, parrots and chests of gold. Or maybe just a criminal. Neither is exactly ... [Read more]


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 ... [Read more]


There is a paradox regarding taxis in Cuenca. Virtually every taxi has a taxi meter (or is at least wired for one) but no one – not a one – uses them. Its fun to joke with some of the friendlier taxi drivers about it. They’ve told me that it is the law, but because ... [Read more]

Guayaquil Taxi Rate

So, if you're going to be concerned about taking a taxi anywhere in Ecuador, be concerned about Guayaquil. Everywhere else is generally safe - just be sure to get in a properly registered taxi. But in Guayaquil, you'll need a little more caution. There are some safety concerns. First of all: don't hail a cab ... [Read more]

Cuenca Taxi Rates

Taxi rates seem to be almost an unofficial gauge for the cost of living in a city or country. Some articles will try to convince you that a taxi in the city of Cuenca is just $1. While taxis are cheap, this is just crazy. Buses for $0.25 - yes, but taxis aren't $1. At ... [Read more]

Salinas Local Taxi Rates

And yes, taxis are cheap here in Ecuador. How cheap? Yesterday, Dena snapped these pictures of the posted rates from taxis leaving from El Paseo Mall in La Libertad. La Libertad is the commercial center for the region. Salinas has the beach - and hotels and restaurants. Santa Elena (the city) has the people, and ... [Read more]

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