We have just returned from 5 days in Santa Elena and used taxis on several occasions. We have been there before and had no problems with fares being reasonable. This time was different. We asked in our hotel what various fares would be, but when we took the ride, it was always much more. An $8-10 trip cost $20; $2.75 cost $4; etc. When we went back to our hotel, they were as upset as we were and did manage to get back part of our money for one ride. So our advice, make certain to ask the taxi driver the cost before you get in.