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Getting To And Away From Latacunga

BY BUS

It's easy to get to Latacunga from Quito; it's a quick 1.5 hour journey. Latacunga is also a convenient place to travel from if you're heading to Cotopaxi or the Quilotoa Loop, including the popular market town of Saquisilí.

Latacunga's bus terminal is located on the Panamericana Highway, about a 15 to 20-minute walk to the town center. Yellow, registered taxis buzz around the bus terminal, and charge $1 for the short ride into the city. Note that several buses also go to and from Quito and Ambato via Latacunga and, instead of dropping Latacunga-bound passengers off at the bus terminal, stop on Avenida 5 de Junio and Cotopaxi. If you get dropped off here, don't panic: the bus terminal is a quick five-minute walk east on Avenida de Junio; from here you can either move on to your next destination or carry on into the city center. If you have a lot of luggage, you can generally flag down a passing yellow taxi.

Buses run to the following destinations:

To Ambato (45 min, $1): depart every 10 to 15 minutes until 6 p.m. It is also possible to hop on the Ambato-bound bus from Quito on Avenida 5 de Junio (see above for more information). These buses run later in the evening, but be sure to take care.

To Quito (1.5 hr, $1.50): depart every 10 to 15 minutes until 6 p.m. It is also possible to hop on the Quito-bound bus from Ambato on Avenida 5 de Junio (see above for more information). These buses run later in the evening.

To Saquisilí (25 min, $0.30): depart frequently (every 10 to 15 minutes).

For transport to and around the Quilotoa Loop, see Getting To and Away from the Quilotoa Loop.

BY TRAIN
If you prefer a more serene way of getting to Latacunga, then take one of the scenic tourist trains run by Ferrocarriles del Ecuador, which go between Quito and Latacunga every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Latacunga's train station is on Avenida Marco Aurelio Subia (a few blocks west of the bus terminal). See www.ecuadorbytrain.com for more information.










By Martha Crowley

I work as an Editor/Writer at Viva Travel Guides in Quito, Ecuador. I first came to Latin America five years ago to escape rainy...

07 Sep 2012






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