Travel Safety EcuadorCulture Shock! Ecuador: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette
October 05, 2009
Quito, Guayaquil, and Manta Ecuador update on state of
- The current state of emergency declared by the President has taken some
swift steps over this past weekend. Both the military and police have been
patrolling major areas of crime in the three major metropolitan areas. There
has also been specific efforts made at nightclubs and other areas of
- In Quito, police put emphasis by placing a patrol net operation around
the exits of Quito, especially in the Southern sections of the city, along
with night spots.
- In Manta police took into custody a fugitive who was conduction a
sequestro express at the time of his apprehension against a taxi driver.
- In Guayaquil, 138 people were apprehended for various infractions and
emphasis was placed on night spots and a number of malls.
- There are a significant number of vehicle stops being made at roadblocks
with efforts to discover weapons.
- In Guayaquil taxis have until October 15, 2009, to register the vehicles
with the National Transit Commission. Owners of taxis are required to
provide all names of authorized drivers and this information will be
required to be in the taxi with registration and required credentials. It is
hoped with this information being visible to passengers, they will be able
to avoid disguised taxis. All taxis will be placed in a database.
- It is highly recommended that passengers not be lured into taking a
pirate taxi (unmarked).
- It is further recommended that you have some type of
identification(Passports) on your person in the event you are asked for this
information by authorities. Make sure you keep a copy of your passport.