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airport safety

We're arriving at the Guayaquil Airport about 1:15 AM and need to get to the Hilton Hotel Colon. Their shuttle will not be running at that hour. Should we have any concerns about safety and is there a reliable taxi company we should call? Thanks for any help.

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Jean,

I have read either on this site or another, that getting from the airport can be a bit dodgy. incidents of car jackings have been reported. Basically most international flights arrive late at night and the local hoodlums know this, so can wait for 'tourists' and pick them off. I read that the police will happily escourt anyone from the airport to thier hotel. just ask a policeman when you get to the airport and they will radio for an escort for you. Cant get much safer than that!

Otherwise not too sure myself as i will have the same problem in a week or two when i arrive.

good luck

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I have never heard of a policeman escorting people. Not to say that it is impossible but I am thinking unlikely. Have you asked your hotel if they can arrange for a cab to pick you up at this hour? Every hotel has a service that they use. If not before exciting customs there will be booths where you can arrange for a cab. You pay inside and they escort you to you cab. This is much safer than taking any cab that picks you up from the curb. Have a great trip!

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I am used to leave and depart thru this airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador because I am a journalist, and let me tell you that so far so good, last time we got there at 2:43 a.m. no problem I took a cab from the airport to the Hamptons Hotel, no problem; but I am sure if you ask your hotel they will send the Shuttle for You, because I saw it right outside, on the International Arrival level waiting for people this late at night.

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We flew in and out of Guayaquil and were picked up by the Hampton shuttle in the late evening. Their e-mail address if anyone needs it is reservas@hampton.com.ec. It's probably noteworthy to mention that after we got into the shuttle the driver locked us into the van before going off to check on another passenger.

After you pick up your luggage and right before you exit the airport, there is an information counter where you can make arrangements for hotel transportation. I don't know if they are open at 1:15 AM though. The inside of the airport is brightly lit so there is no problem there. We certainly didn't watch our bags any more closely in Guayaquil than we did at the Gare du Nord in Paris.

I read somewhere that the carjackers, if there still are any, were mostly targeting locals coming home armed with gifts for family members and not tourists.

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From U.S. Department of State Consular Information Sheet on their website (there's also a paragraph on Quito which I did not copy. Also, I can vouch for the Malecon area being well-patrolled - there are armed guards every 50 feet or so along the entire stretch):

"In Guayaquil, take extra caution in the downtown area at night, in the street market area of La Bahia, at the Christ Statue (Sagrado Corazon de Jesus) on Cerro del Carmen, in the airport area, and in the southern part of the city. The riverfront park area in Guayaquil called the Malecon, and the passage up to the lighthouse in the Las Penas area are generally safe and well patrolled although at night caution should be observed. There have been repeated instances of travelers followed from the airport and intercepted by robbers using two vehicles to cut off the traveler. There is some evidence that those most at risk are people who appear to be returning for family visits laden with gifts and large amounts of cash. There have been armed robberies of restaurants and their patrons, including in the fashionable areas of Guayaquil. Guayaquil has also experienced an increase in kidnappings for ransom, often in connection with hijackings, although tourists have not been targeted."

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