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Driving from Cuenca to Quito

As the Canadian government is arranging more charter flights to bring the stranded Canadians back home, people choosing to go back are facing the same frustrations and challenges. I am one of you! This may apply to stranded US citizens as well.

Documents needed:
1) A signed Salvoconductos for yourself (you can find it in the same Embassy ticket information email)
2) A confirmed ticket
Note: your driver needs your and your ticket information to fill out his Salvoconducto.

The drive today: We left Cuenca at 5:30 AM, arriving at 1 PM in the airport hotel. Passed few checkpoints, the health workers only took 1 to 2 minutes to check our temperature, police were nice, they are reasonable as long as the proper documents are presented. Our driver took care of everything, we didn’t need to show our documents once. He paid extra attention to ensure we are safe and feel comfortable. I deeply appreciate his professional service advice. You need a reliable driver to bring you closer to home.

Tips for the trip:

1) Wear a mask all the time, wear a mask properly (including your kids). Wash your hands frequently, keep social distance.
2) Book a hotel once your ticket is confirmed, I heard only 3 hotels open in Quito (2 in the city, 1 in the airport)
3) No restaurants and no washrooms were available en route, be prepared.
4) Prepare enough water, foods, fruits and bread for your journey. The restaurant in the hotel only allows 30 customers at the same time.
5) Clean the room with alcohol when you walk in. Remember this is a pandemic, your health is the first priority.
6) Send a thank you note to your driver. This is not an easy trip for everyone.
7) The cost for the full-size van is $300 - $400 as of March 26.

I will have a long journey home tomorrow. Hope you find this information helpful. Stay safe and healthy. If you can avoid traveling, stay home, it’s safer.

Barrie Brien