Ecuador Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Ecuador
To hire a car you must hold a valid British or international driving permit. The Ecuadorean police also recommend that you obtain a local temporary driver permit –check with the rental company whether they think this is needed. Always carry your passport, driving licence, vehicle registration and proof of insurance with you when driving.

Road conditions are generally unpredictable in all areas of Ecuador despite recent improvements. The situation around the country always deteriorates following heavy rains, particularly between January and June, and heavy rains and mudslides often close or wash away roads, which can cause significant delays to journeys.Serious accidents are common due to road conditions, careless driving and badly maintained vehicles. Avoid driving in Cities as its easy to get lost and find yourself in the wrong neighbourhood. Areas to avoid in Quito include ‘La Mariscal’, ‘La Carolina’, ‘La Floresta’ and ‘La Marin’ districts, as well as in the old town, including “El Panecillo” hill. In Guayaquil, be particularly cautious in the Kennedy, Alborada, Urdesa and Malecon Simon Bolivar districts. If unsure about driving into or out of a city ask the rental company to meet you on the outskirts. Failing that, give a taxi driver the address/ direction you want and ask if you can follow him.

This website provides useful route planning info for all countries in South America including Ecuador.

For information on driving Ecuador’s coastal Spondylus Route, see my Classic Road Trips page-

Ecuador Car Rental –
Hertz, Avis, Budget, have branches here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire
This is a local broker site.

This is a South American company who handle rental in Ecuador, rates seem cheaper than the multinationals

This is a local company .

Ecuador Self Driving Rules-
None of the big international companies seem to allow vehicles to be taken out of Ecuador.


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