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1 week trip to Ecuador

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1 week trip to Ecuador

We are a group of 4, that are travelling to Ecuador.

Not going to Galapagos on this trip.

We are thinking (and asking your opinion) of this schedule

Arrive Quito, spend 4 nights.

Of the time that we are in Quito, we would take one day to do the Avenida de Volcanoes train trip.

Other days we would sight see etc, maybe go to La Mitad del Mundo

Then we would take bus to Mindo and stay 2 nights

Next day we'd like to go Papallacta for one night (by bus?)

Next day we'd go to Otavalo, spend the night, and spend the next day (Saturday) at the market.

We would leave for the airport after the market is over and fly out of Quito.

I am concerned about the bus rides, will they take longer than I think?

Will we have to back track to Quito for each leg?

Also, I know you can go to the airport from Otavallo, but how much time should we allow? We want to do the market during the day and our flight leaves at about midnight. But how much time do we need to allow for the trip back to Quito, to be there by say 10pm?

Thanks!

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Pichincha Province, Ecuador
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Pichincha Province, Ecuador
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Napo Province, Ecuador
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Imbabura Province, Ecuador
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1. Re: 1 week trip to Ecuador

If you are adventurous and flexible, you don't need to backtrack from Mindo all the way to Quito to pick up a bus to Otavalo; it would involve being let off the highway and flagging down an Otavalo-bound bus. Otherwise, you do have to backtrack to the La Ofelia terminal, which serves Mindo, then take a quick cab to the Carcelen terminal, both in the far north of Quito.

You can't go to the airport from Otavalo on a bus; you would have to arrange a taxi to do so, or from the Carcelen terminal. The trip Otavalo-Carcelen generally takes two hours by bus; to be safe since you do have a flight to meet, allow three hours in case of road blockage. Since there are four of you, you could easily split the fare for a private driver from Otavalo to the airport, making some interesting stops along the way.

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Pichincha Province, Ecuador
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Pichincha Province, Ecuador
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2. Re: 1 week trip to Ecuador

Thanks so much for your information!

3. Re: 1 week trip to Ecuador

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