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Hiring a driver

May

5

2013

Traveling up the coast from Guayaquil stopping a various towns along the way to Bahia. Is it best to hire a driver or rent a car? If hiring a driver, any recommendations? Any idea on how much it would cost to hire a driver?

In: Ecuador Travel Asked By: [2 Grey Star Level]
Answer #1

If you are just traveling to site see and enjoy then probably renting a car and exploring on your own is a pretty good way. If you are looking for local flavor, real estate etc, probably hiring a driver, bi-lingual with a good car would be one way…you can count on paying around $80 to $150 per day plus food, gas and lodging depending on their qualifications and vehicle. If you give more specifics I might be able to make more suggestions.

larryp

Answers Answered By: LarryP [848 Orange Star Level]
Answer #2

Hola.

We did the same thing and hired a driver. It MAY cost a bit more than renting a car but driving in Ecuador is not for the faint of heart.

While in Guayaquil we hired a local named Pablo. His English is very good and his prices were quite fair. Also he was a lot of fun and very informative as well.

You can reach him at parogarja@hotmail.com if you decide to go that route. Please tell him Carmen and Dan sent you.

Best of luck.

Answers Answered By: Mistymeaner [14 Grey Star Level]
Answer #3

An excellent, safe driver with a new, spacious van is Jorge. His email is Jorgerenelomen@hotmail.com There is nothing like having a smart, bilingual Ecuadorian who knows the country and the way to get things done here. He also would negotiate the prices for you and tell you everything you need to watch out for in doing business with properties and buying. He has helped so many and is flexible to helping with what you need done!

Answers Answered By: Bpier [8 Grey Star Level]

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