Travel to Ecuador
Please make certain your passport has 6 months or more remaining before the expiration date or you cannot board the plane. You must be at the airport 3 hours before an international flight. The money used here is USA dollars. Bring cash to be safe as often the bank screws up an ATM transfer and you may not be able to use your card here. In general it's pretty safe from crime, but for petty theft. So just use common sense and keep your things in your possession at all time. Your medical coverage at home will not work here so please get travel insurance when you get your ticket.
You can book directly with sites like https://www.priceline.com/ or https://www.kayak.com/ or https://www.farecompare.com/ If you need more help consider a travel agent to help you plan. Also look into https://www.jetblue.com/ where you might find some really great prices, almost half the price of the others. A round trip ticket is required or a bus ticket out of the country, but you can stay up to 90 days without buying an extended visa.
Fly into either Guayaquil or Quito international airports and try to arrive early so you can catch a flight directly to Cuenca without having to leave the airport or stay overnight. There are very few nearby hotels, and Quito is more than an hour away from the airport. Quito Airport Hotel http://airporthotelquito.com/ Guayaquil airport, Murali Hostal, http://hotelairportguayaquil.com/
Connecting to Cuenca
From Quito, fly to Cuenca if you can. The bus trip is over 10 hours, (but scenic). We recommend booking your flight at https://www.kayak.com/ where you will receive some options and be able to compare with other flight booking sites. We have found that LAN is the easiest to book online with. LAN – https://www.latam.com/en_un/ In country and TAME https://www.tame.com.ec/index.php/en/ is another option to fly to Cuenca.
In Guayaquil you have more choices. We still recommend the fast jet if you can get a connecting flight. For van service walk out the front door of the airport and go right. On the same side of the road as the airport, (but outside the airport) a few blocks down, are several van service companies. Each of them will be offering rides to Cuenca. You won’t have to wait long. It’s about 3.5 hours to Cuenca around $15.00
Taxis are as expensive as a flight unless you are sharing the ride with others arriving at the same time. It only makes sense to use this service if you have a huge amount of luggage or are traveling with some friends and you all split it. If not, the plane might be a little cheaper. Taxi will cost about $100 or more.
If you are looking for hotels in Cuenca, check https://www.tripadvisor.com/ for reviews and descriptions.
Arrival in Cuenca
We will have a driver waiting for you at the Cuenca airport with the name Gaia Sagrada on paper as you come out of baggage claim. This ride will cost $20 each way ($40 roundtrip), this will cover your transportation to and from Gaia Sagrada (we are an hour northeast of Cuenca from the airport). Just let us know your arrival details at least 10 days before arrival and will set up your transportation. If you go back to the airport at an unusual time (wee hours of the morning, or by yourself) then additional fees would apply.