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 least not in Cuenca.
Well, okay once in the last 16 months, I paid $1. It was just a couple of blocks and the driver asked for $1.50. I had a dollar coin and a $5. He didn’t have change so he accepted the dollar coin. So yes, I guess taxis can cost $1. But not really.
Here is a photo of the taxi rate chart that Dena took earlier today at Mall del Rio. Its a new price chart and gives a basic range of destinations. A trip from Mall del Rio to the Airport/Bus Terminal costs $3.00. This is on the other side of the city. To Coral Centro the rate shown is $1.50 – I think you would probably still pay $2 – $2.50 but it gives a range of what the drivers should be charging.