I'll be arriving at Quito airport at 5:30pm. Is it safe to take a taxi to Banos at that time?
Hi Kelley, If you wait for an hour or something I think you can allready grab a bus to Baños. Taxi in Quito are safe btw. Traveling at daytime is also safe in Ecuador (not at night time). But at the time you arrive the sun is already up, so I think you will be fine. Do you have to be in Baños immediately? Because otherwise I would go to The Secret Garden Cotopaxi first. That's the most awesome place in Ecuador and it's in between Quito and Baños. If you like outdoor stuff I would really recommend that!
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The taxis are at the airport are typically registered with the the government (i.e. they are safe). The registered ones all have green stickers on the fender or window. You should establish a price beforehand, and perhaps know in advance what is a reasonable price. I took a taxi from the airport into the city, which is a fixed rate ($26 for one person), but for places like Banos, it is not fixed.