Airport Info and FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
We try to anticipate questions you might have about our guesthouse and provide the answers here. If you would like more information please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Which airport should I fly into?
The closest airport to Casita Las Mareas is the Eloy Alfaro International Airport in Manta. Airport code MEC. Flights connect from Quito to Manta. Airlines that service Manta are TAME and Avianca.
Manta airport is 45 minutes from our guesthouse. We can help arrange transportation to and from the airport. The airport also has rental car agencies available, we recommend Avis.
Guayaquil (Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport) would be the next closest airport. Airport code GYE. Guayaquil does have nonstop service to the United States and is an easy drive to our guesthouse. Guayaquil is a 3 hour drive to our guesthouse. The airport has all major car rental companies and we can also help you reserve car service to our guesthouse.
Quito is the capital and offers flights all around the world. The airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport. Airport code UIO. Quito is a 5 to 7 hour drive to our guesthouse and it is a beautiful drive if you have the time. You can make flight connects from Quito to Manta. If you need to overnight in Quito we can assist with accommodations at the airport.
If you have questions about airport or car service please feel free to contact us and we are more than happy help you.
How to arrive to CLM by bus? Helpful bus information
Arriving by bus:
You can take a bus to San Jacinto, we are located at the furthest point South at “La Boca” on Avenida Quito Sur, approximately one mile south of the town center. The nearest bus stop to our location is on the southern outskirts of the village at the “Sol y Mar Hostal” sign. Get off the bus and walk to the ocean, turn left at the end of the road and continue to the boca. CLM is the last house on the road. Locals say “casa ultima”. The walk time is approximately 20 minutes from the village center or the bus stop.
All the buses running the Guayaquil-Portoviejo-Bahía de Caráquez route, and pass San Jacinto. To Bahía de Caráquez is a 25 minute trip. Bahía, buses operate regularly to Quito (8 hr., $8), Guayaquil (6 hr., $5), and locations all around the region. On all of these routes, the fancier Ejecutivo buses also run, which will cost around $1-2 more than the regular service.
Cash, Credit or Debit card?
Ecuadorian currency is the US Dollar, which is handy. Just be prepared that you might encounter troubles when you want to take money out of an ATM with your credit card.
Other machines will not let you take out big amounts, so you might need to take out US$ 100 three times instead of US$ 300 once. Please remember you may pay fees on top of each interaction. Check with your bank before traveling. Some smaller towns/villages will also not have ATMs/banks. We do have a bank in the center of San Jacinto. We have not had problems. Only during holiday weekends the ATM may run out of money until Monday.
We would recommend bringing cash with you. Only bring small bills. Nothing over $20.00 bills. This is much easier when buying food or products around town. Credit cards are accepted at large stores in the bigger cities. Not really in our area.
Also, please remember to contact your bank prior to traveling to add travel notes so you will not have troubles while traveling and using your debit card.
Can I get by with only speaking English?
You will indeed find many Ecuadorians who speak English, and those who do, speak it very well, too, but you cannot rely on that.
Make sure you have a cheat-sheet with the most useful words and phrases, or bring a little dictionary (you can install one as an app on your phone). And then wing it. We experienced Ecuadorians to be really relaxed about us trying to speak our best Spanish. Please try to communicate in Spanish. They understand and will slow down to help you.
Packing tips for Ecuador
If you plan on exploring the country (which you should!) then you’ll want to pack for four seasons as you’ll probably encounter most of them in single day, especially in the mountains. The coast is much more temperate. Bring swimwear, light jacket/sweater, wear light colors, shorts, flip flops, water shoes, and GOOD walking shoes for sand.
Don’t forget sun screen and sun glasses. A light scarf for your neck and a hat to help with the sun are also recommended.