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President declares state of emergency

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Due to the on-going strike action in and around Quito, president Lasso declared a state of emergency in that part of Ecuador yesterday. While there is little threat of violence - it has become difficult to move freely in and around the capital due to road blockages.

If you must travel via Quito to Galapagos in the coming days, you should be OK as long as you don't stray too far from the airport if you have any free time / staying on the continent for a few days.

Options including finding a hotel very near the airport if you need one, or re-routing through Guayaquil, which is not affected.

Based on my near 25 years of experience monitoring Ecuador, such protests do occur from time to time, and usually last between several days to a week - 10 days.

Warmest regards,

Heather Blenkiron

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During this state of emergency and the curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., will overnight shuttles be cancelled? I read it says transportation to and from the airport will be permitted, but we are flying into Quito and then are supposed to be taking the overnight shuttle to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve. Will these busses continue to operate overnight? Thanks for any info!

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I arrived at Quito airport last night (Saturday) after midnight and transport seemed normal leaving the airport. I hopped into a taxi, though I was only going 5 minutes to a hotel close to the airport, so not sure what the story is if you need to travel further.

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A small data point, for what it's worth. We drove from a lodge near Antisana Natl Park, through Pintag, and then to the Quito airport without a problem. This was on June 19 at approx. 11 am.

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We flew into GUayaquil yesterday planning to travel to banos, but the road is closed, so even here in guayaquil, you can only go certain places

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Hi there,

Which hotel did you find?

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Layla,

The shuttles to Cuyabeno need an open road to drive trough, at this point to drive to Lago Agrio is not feasible do to the road blockades.

This might end in a week or so I am pretty positive, the government has to negotiate with the indigenous people leaders in order to sort the social situation out.

Saludos cordiales,

Dennis Yépez

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How’s it going? It’s 6/26 when I right this.

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Situation is getting better Bridget,

Quito had a peaceful weekend and today Monday the 27th of July, the country might experience more protests, we hope that those will be more peaceful. The Congress is trying to impeach our president and the opposition representatives are working to get two thirds of the number of congress people in order reach the necessary votes to achieve the impeachment. I don't think the opposition will make it...

Road blocks in and around Quito are settled until the police comes and opens the road. Once the police is gone the strikers block the road again. With a bit of patience and Spanish knowledge tourists can transit.

Saludos cordiales,

Dennis Yépez

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Thank you.

Our point of contact is suggesting we change our travel plans and fly it o a different city or change our hotel to the airport hotel and just hangout there from July 2nd-4th. Do you have thoughts on this?

From what you’re saying, the roads should be passable using a cab at 11:30pm on the night of July 2nd and then to the airport on the morning of July 4th. We may have to find our own transportation if the Santa Cruz II folks refuse to coordinate transport from our hotel (Dann Carlton) to the airport on July 2nd.

It’s hard to coordinate with our point of contact because I think there’s an assumption that because we booked an incredibly expensive cruise we have unlimited resources - so it’s hard to know how necessary the suggestions are.

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Bridget,

Who is your contact person? Is that a U.S. agent or and Ecuadorian local based agent?

The government is sitting to negotiate in a few minutes with the indigenous people leaders at la Basilica church in Quito, there might be good results by this midnight.

By July the 2nd everything is gonna be resolved I am pretty positive.

If you need a driver to get you around in Quito please PM me in order to give you advice.

Saludos cordiales,

Dennis Yépez

Guanguiltagua Expeditions

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