Ecuador Tours and Expeditions Agency

Easy to find… Hard to leave!

From the bus terminals, expect to pay around $10 for a taxi.

Quito has 2 main bus terminals. If you are coming from the North terminal (Carcelen) then you need to catch a tram (“Trole” in Spanish) to ” El Ejido” stop. Don´t leave the station, stay inside and take a second trole, C1 or C2 to “Banco Central” stop. From there it is just a 5 min walk to the hostel – Antepara E460 y Los Rios, sector San Blas. 
From the Southern bus terminal “Quitumbe” catch a trole direct to “Hermano Miguel” – 3 min walk to the hostel.

If you’re a bit lost, just ask any local person for “Antepara y Los Rios”– easy to find and we are right next to this corner.

From the airport we offer an airport pickup service. The cost is $28 for up to 4 people (total, not per person). This service is 100% safe, friendly & easy.

Most international flights arrive between 9pm and midnight, so everything in the airport is still open at that time.

If you wish us to pick you up from the airport, then please send us your flight details at least 48 hours in advance.

When you walk out of the terminal, just look for a person holding a Secret Garden sign. You pay the $28 direct to the person who meets you.

See you soon 🙂

UBER-while the app does work here, it still remains illegal, Apps and other taxis might not be safe as there have been some problems. Travel with our verified taxis that have worked with us for years

Coming from somewhere else? no worries just contact us and we can organize your transport from anywhere!

Airport taxi transfers

$28 per vehicle of up to 3, maximum 4 passengers

The Quito airport is located about 45 – 60 minutes driving to the city centre. It is possible to take a bus or taxi from the airport to Quito. We suggest you a private airport pick up for you with an English speaking driver. 

Airport taxi transfers

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We have our own approved, secure taxis which we can arrange anytime 24/7. A taxi is obviously the fastest, easiest and safest way to travel,  Public transport is the cheapest and The Secret Shuttle is just a good compromise – you choose (:

The Secret shuttle

Daily service – guaranteed – no minimum numbers.

Fast, easy, secure and great value.

Door-to-door convenience.

Travel with Secret Garden drivers, only sharing with other Secret Garden guests.

Reserve your seat either   sending us a message or at our reception

Local cellphone  +593(0)991980027

  • 10am Secret Garden Quito to Secret Garden Cotopaxi

 $5 or free with our Package Deal

  • 2:15 pm Secret garden Quito- Mitad del mundo $10PP
  • 2:30 pm  departing from both Secret Garden Quito and Secret Garden Cotopaxi, arriving:

Approx. 3pm     Quitumbe Terminal    $5

Approx. 4pm     Machachi                       $5

Approx 4.45pm  Latacunga                   $10

Approx 6.15pm Banos                              $20



Take care with your belongings when using public transport anywhere in the world. You may be refused entry to the trams during peak hours (4 to 7pm) as there is no extra room for baggage Storage.

Ofelia Terminal (for Mindo & Mitad del Mundo) $10  (30-40 minutes) by taxi or:

Walk to the Metrobus stop”Santa Prisca”,you can take any of them (25 cents), Ofelia station is the last stop and is an hour journey, from there you can take the buses either to Mitad del Mundo or to Mindo

Carcelén, North Terminal (for Otavalo, Tulcán and Colombian border) $10 (30-40 minutes) by taxi or:

Walk 5 min to the “trole”(tram) stop Hermano Miguel. Wait for a trole (25 cents) that says “Estación norte Labrador ” in the front of the window, that’s the last stop (approx. 40 mins). Get off the trole and straight in front of you go to the line/queue for “Kennedy/Carcelén”. You will then board a Bus (20c) for a 20 to 30 min journey that will leave you inside the terminal Carcelén

Quitumbe, South Terminal (for Latacunga*, Papallacta, Baños, Cuenca, jungle, or the coast) $10 (30-40 minutes) by taxi or:

Walk 5 min to the trole(tram) stop “Banco Central”. Wait for a trole that says “Quitumbe” in the front of the window – 25 cents for the 45 to 60 min Journey.

Airport -$25 By taxi (most convenient) or:

During daylight hours (cheapest)-Walk 5 min to the “Ecovía” tram stop “Simon Bolivar” Wait for a tram that says “Rio Coca” in the front of the window-25 cents for the 45 to 60 min journey. Get out at the Río Coca station, walk up the hill (just ask) and you’ll find the green buses going to the airport (approx. $2,50 for the 2hr bus ride).


*Shuttle to Cotopaxi every morning at 10am from the front door

Until next time, The Secret Garden Team

  • Tours

Driver for a day $100

Papallacta Round Trip (Including waiting time) $90

Special city tour Panecillo , cable car, middle of the world, airport $50

  • Leaving Quito?:

Baños one way $70

Latacunga one way $50

Guayasamin museum and airport including waiting time $30

  • Inside the city:


Floresta (graffiti area) $3

El Jardin shopping center $3.50

Teleferiqo (Cable car) $5

ATM ( Banco Internacional) Round trip $5

Foch Square $5

Artisanal Market $5

Cumbayá $10 

Tumbaco $13 

Puembo $15 

Tababela $20


Guayasamin Museum $5

Carolina Park/ Quicentro/ CCI  $5 

Botanical Gardens $5

Hospital Vozandes $5

Panecillo one way $5 

Panecillo two way $10 



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