Our South America trip is about to begin!! We fly into Quito next week! Our plans were to travel south to Latacunga for the Quilota loop, then Banos, Riobamba, Cuenca, Loja, Vilcabamba and on to Peru from there. We have just under 3 weeks to fit this in as we need to meet a friend in Peru.
The British Foreign Office advises not to go to the surrounding areas of the Tungurahua volcano because of the renewed volcanic activity but we are not sure how widespread the impact has been? We are aware that Guayaquil airport is closed. We are thinking it may be best to head down the coastal way after the Quilota loop avoiding Banos etc but this means we still need to go via Guayaquil. Any advice or info on this would be very much appreciated. If it is not possible to travel to Peru (by bus) from Ecuador we may need to re think our outbound flight.
Thanks in advance
Hi Martine - there's some information (translated with google) here if that helps
http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http://www.mtop.gov.ec/&sl=auto&tl=en almost 10 years ago
Hi Martine, I think Banos will have to be off your travel plans, its one of the towns under threat from the volcano. 2500 poeple evacuated, and voluntary evacuations are in place. The ministry of transport has moved in bulldozers, trucks and temporary bridges (bailey bridges) to make sure evacuation routes stay open in the event of worsening situation. Best to stay away I figure.
if you speak Spanish then the online newspaper www.elcomercio.com is great for news.
The newspaper is quoting a senior official in the Risk Management agency who says; the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport serving Guayaquil, has NOT been closed - that was just a rumour - it's operating as normal.
Here's the website for the airport with a departure board, presently showing most flights are (en horario) on time.
The airport information line is (593) 4 216 9000 but you'll need a fluent Spanish speaker.
Phil (world nomads) almost 10 years ago