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There are two international airports in Ecuador. All flights into Quito land at the Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre (tel. 02/2430-555; www.quitoairport.com; airport code: UIO). Most international flights also touch down in Guayaquil's José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (tel. 04/2169-209; airport code GYE). If you plan to go to the Galápagos immediately after you arrive in Ecuador, it's best to fly into Guayaquil. All international passengers leaving by air from Ecuador must pay a $38 (£19) departure tax.

New Quito Airport -- Construction is under way at the sprawling new Quito airport, located 24km (15 miles) east of the current facility. The new airport will be 15 times larger, and is expected to open in 2009. Taxi fares to many hotels will likely double, and the trip to town will take about 40 to 50 minutes.

From North America -- American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300 in the U.S. and Canada, or 02/2995-000 in Ecuador; www.aa.com) has one daily direct flight from Miami. Continental Airlines (tel. 800/231-0856 in the U.S. and Canada, or 02/2250-905 in Ecuador; www.continental.com) has one daily direct flight from Houston and another from Newark. Delta (tel. 800/241-4141 in the U.S. and Canada, or 1800/101-060 inside Ecuador; www.delta.com) has daily direct flights from Atlanta. And LAN Chile/LAN Ecuador (tel. 866/435-9526 in the U.S. and Canada, or 1800/526-328 in Ecuador; www.lanchile.com) offers direct service from JFK in New York to Guayaquil as well as direct service from Miami to Quito. Taca (tel. 800/400-8222 in the U.S. and Canada, or 1800/008-222 in Ecuador; www.grupotaca.com) has regular service to Ecuador from North America, via El Salvador or Costa Rica, while Copa Airlines (tel. 800/359-2672 in the U.S. and Canada; 02/2273-082 in Ecuador; www.copaair.com) offers daily flights from both Los Angeles and Miami to Ecuador with a quick stop in Panama City. Presently, there are no direct flights from Canada to Ecuador, so Canadians have to take a connecting flight via the United States.

From the U.K. -- There are no direct flights from the United Kingdom to Ecuador. British travelers can fly to the United States (Atlanta, Miami, Houston, or New York) and then hook up with a direct flight. Iberia (tel. 0845/2601-2854; www.iberia.com) and LAN Chile/LAN Ecuador both offer daily, nonstop service between Madrid and Ecuador; convenient daily connections are available from London and a plethora of other European cities including Dublin, Paris, and Berlin. KLM (tel. 08705/2074-074; www.klmuk.co.uk) offers service from many cities in England to both Guayaquil and Quito via Amsterdam and Bonaire.

From Australia & New Zealand -- To get to Ecuador from Australia or New Zealand, you'll first have to fly to Los Angeles, and then on to Miami or Houston, where you can connect with an American Airlines, Continental, or LAN Chile/LAN Ecuador flight to Ecuador.

Getting into Town from the Airport -- It's easy and inexpensive to get from both of the international airports to their respective downtown areas.

All the major rental-car agencies operating in the country have desks at these airports.

By Car

It's possible, but very difficult and impractical, to travel to Ecuador by car. For all intents and purposes, this is not an option for travelers.

By Bus

It is possible to travel by bus to Ecuador from Peru. (I don't recommend traveling from Colombia due to kidnapping incidents near the border.) From Peru, the most popular border crossing is from Tumbes to Huaquillas in Ecuador.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.