How it works:
- Overcharging: quoting an inflated fare or rigged meter.
- Express kidnappings (specifically Guayaquil): driver takes you to a remote area to pick up armed accomplices. You are then driven to an ATM and forced to withdraw till you hit your daily limit.
Places to beware:
- Guayaquil: San Marino Mall, Urdesa, Malecon 2000
What to do:
- Situation: some may be fine (e.g. those in Cuenca) and are even cheaper, but you have to accept the risks (overcharging, no insurance coverage, beaten down car, potentially being robbed).
- Photo: if you engage, take a photo of the car plate and the driver’s license.
- Official taxis: get a radio taxi, or yellow taxis with orange license plates; “Transporteseguro” stickers on back window; a red panic button, two security cameras and a running meter inside.
- Alternatives: taxi booking apps (e.g. EasyTaxi, Cabify, Uber, UniTaxi) or day tour platforms like GetYourGuide (leading globally) with 2 transport options: