The Complete Guide to Driving in Ecuador, Part 1

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With plentiful and cheap buses and taxis, the great thing about Ecuador is that driving is truly not necessary, just a luxury.

But for those who dare to brave the other lane challenged Ecuadorian drivers, driving in Ecuador is really easier than you think.

All you need is a valid driver’s license from your home country, which is all you need while you are in the country on a tourist visa.

If you decide to stay in Ecuador as a resident, you will need to get a local, Ecuador drivers license. To get the license, you will need to go to the Jefatura de Transito in one of the major cities, take a written exam (no drivers test is needed if you have a license in another country) and fill out a few forms.

Actually, you could get by a while (Ecuador is laid back) in Ecuador driving with simply your license from the States or Europe.

Cars for sale and car prices can be seen on the popular local website, patiotuerca.com. In Ecuador, car prices are a little higher than in the States, but the prices have dropped considerably in recent years.

For example, a new, compact Chevrolet Spark starts around $10,000.

If you were thinking about importing your car, if it is used, you are not permitted…if it is new, you can, but it is best to do so once you are a legal resident to avoid paying high import tariffs.

For a breakdown of what car insurance you need to drive in Ecuador and the costs, check back for part 2 of this article tomorrow…thanks, Dom

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