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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. 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, 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. There is a gas station nearby.