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Quito is the capital of Ecuador.
Get a bus from the Carcelen-Terminal in the very north heading towards Cayambe, Otavalo, Ibarra, or Tulcan. Get out at the first "peáje"(Toll-Station). The bus will take 15min. (If you take one of the buses from the terminal heading to a city further north, they'll charge at least $1, but if you walk about 1km down the road to the bridge, you can get a local bus for $.35, as of March 2015.) There you can easily ask for lifts going north.
North-West towards La Mitts del Mundo, Mindo
Take a bus to the neighborhood of Carcelén. From there, you can walk east to reach the avenue Simon Bolívar. Start hitchhiking there, as there is several good spots at the roundabouts.
There are two options:
- Get the trole-bus to the Quitumbe-Terminal in the very south, from there catch any bus in direction south and get out at any point of the Panamericana. The first "peáje" ist quite far ($0,75), so it is probably better to get out before (for example in Tumbillo, there is a gas station).
- Go to El trebol (big junction near "La Marin" in the center, final station of the Ecovia-bus). From there catch a bus in direction Tumbillo/Machachi and get out in Tumbillo (~$0,50). There is a gas station nearby.
The turnstiles at the exits of the stations for the rapid transit buses seem to often not lock (maybe the couple I tried were just broken) so you can just walk in the exit. There do not appear to be ticket controls on the buses.
- I arrived very late at night, and this was the first time I got a ride without asking for one. The cops pulled over and asked me what the hell I was doin walking in that neighborhood and was I crazy? They gave me a ride to my friend's place. -Chael777
- Going south from Quito, I arrived to the terminal Quitumbe. There is possible to take a bus to Tumbillo for 0,5 USD which is on Panamericana. But I walked in the direction of Panamericana by Avenida Mariscal Sucre and started to hitch there, it took me 3 cars (including one lift from a taxi) and a bit more than 1 hour to get to Tumbillo, where was a good spot to hitch further -che.apelsin
- Got the bus to Tumbillo and talked to people at the petrol station, easy to hitchhike - HoboSpirit