Are there no boat to travel from Miami to Ecuador instead of Flying?

#1 24 November 2010 23:10:14

monicawatsonleader

Are there no boat to travel from Miami to Ecuador instead of Flying?

I guess either there are none available or I'm not googling this right.  The only thing I can think of is to get to Ecuador by boat from Miami since I'm already in Florida. 

Seaching cruise, sail, boat, travel, to Ecuador has yielded no desired results on charting a boat or hopping on a cruise ship one way lol.

I can't be the only one who doesn't want to fly to Ecuador...

Any help would be appreciated!

Ciao
Monica

#2 25 November 2010 06:48:10

Domenick11
Domenick11
quito

Re: Are there no boat to travel from Miami to Ecuador instead of Flying?

A boat to Ecuador is not so easy...but you can go to Ecuador BY LAND if you want....starting in Mexico, working your way down to Panama by bus ...then in Panama catch a sail boat for around $250usd for a 3 day trip to Cartagena Colombia...from there you can easily drop down into Ecuador by bus...  whole trip, minimum 2 weeks... 

hope that helps, Domenick
ecuadorrealestate.org

#3 28 November 2010 17:23:07

3lckr
3lckr
Quito

Re: Are there no boat to travel from Miami to Ecuador instead of Flying?

Air travel is the cheapest way to cross the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia on your way to South America from north. You can fly from Miami to Quito for less than $400, you'll never beat that pricewise.
If you feel adventurous, I have a safe and confirmed route from Panama to Quito by land/boat, if anybody is interested (I'm not operating the route).

#4 07 December 2010 02:57:05

monicawatsonleader

Re: Are there no boat to travel from Miami to Ecuador instead of Flying?

I did the research thanks for your responses.  Looks like we'll fly after all.  Can anyone suggest a great airlines.  I did see where we could fly one way the two of us for 355usd before taxes.

Also I'm going to search through the posts here to find out if we don't want to pay $50 per each extra suitcase how we would ship them over.

Thanks for your posts!
Monica

#5 07 December 2010 21:32:08

ibokay
ibokay
Cuenca

Re: Are there no boat to travel from Miami to Ecuador instead of Flying?

Check the website for LAN airline.  lan.com  They sometimes have specials from Miami.  Remember that you need a round trip ticket in order to enter Ecuador (or even get on the plane for that matter).  Baggage rules are listed, which vary by class. Two checked bags plus carry-on and laptop for free.

#6 10 December 2010 05:36:53

señorgonzales
señorgonzales
Envigado

Re: Are there no boat to travel from Miami to Ecuador instead of Flying?

I just arrived in Ecuador on Friday and customs did not require a return trip ticket. They are mainly concerned that you have a pasport and that you abide by the 90 day rule unless you plan on trying to stay longer and even that is not difficult to do. Customs in the three countries I have visited asked the same thing and to state your purpose for the visit.

#7 11 December 2010 00:44:41

monicawatsonleader

Re: Are there no boat to travel from Miami to Ecuador instead of Flying?

Well we plan on staying so what is the response going to be to customs or TSA?  I have a special circumstance because I'm not a citizen of US I'm a mexican citizen.  So I'm going to ask the consulates office what I need to do to get a year visa before going because I heard that it takes longer to process once we get there.  So what are the different airlines you suggest.  Someone here suggested IAN so far.  I heard on Ecuador Central that there was an airline that let them bring three bags each plus two carry ons without additional costs.  I have a cat too we will be bringing and will carry him on.  I'm flying out of Miami so far unless we are in a different state by the time we fly out.  Thanks everyone for all your help!

#8 11 December 2010 03:46:36

3lckr
3lckr
Quito

Re: Are there no boat to travel from Miami to Ecuador instead of Flying?

Anything but not AA. They'll probably charge you for taking your wallet with you.

#9 20 December 2010 14:17:41

Domenick11
Domenick11
quito

Re: Are there no boat to travel from Miami to Ecuador instead of Flying?

Not that I know of, but you could try hitching on sail boats through the caribbean from Miami to Venezuela...then by bus from there...I have heard of this being done but not sure cause I havent done it myself...

#10 20 December 2010 14:43:03

larryp@vistapacificahomes

Re: Are there no boat to travel from Miami to Ecuador instead of Flying?

I have flown American Air extensively and have found them to be quite efficient, friendly and prompt. International flights have no baggage fees for the first 2 at 50 pounds and you are allowed one carry on and a personal item. My understanding is you can take up to 5 bags, but have to pay fees. On this last trip (November), I called them as I wanted to take a new television as a gift to someone and asked about fees etc. The told me and then told me that I could not take any type of boxed items to Ecuador (arriving into Quito) at this time of the year. I thought that great info as I would have showed up at the airport only to have my boxed new TV not allowed, then what would I have done....so I have found them to be quite helpful. Just my .02 cents, hope you don't want change....;-)

Larry

#11 23 December 2010 01:40:04

jakeintampa
jakeintampa
Tampa, Florida

Re: Are there no boat to travel from Miami to Ecuador instead of Flying?

Does anyone know how to get around the "return ticket" problem. I would like to travel to Ecuador, stay a while then go to Peru, and then to several other South American countries maybe over a year's total time before returning to the United States.
   The way I understand it is that you cannot purchase an air lines ticket and have the return portion dated longer than 90 days from the original flight. Do I just throw away the return ticket and purchase a new one from my final destination.
   I guess this would not work either because if the return ticket was only for 90 days it would be invalid when I tried to enter countries after a 90 day period.
   If anyone has traveled through multiple countries for an extended period of time, and has knowledge of this. I would appreciate any advice they can offer.

Thank you Ralph

#12 23 December 2010 16:23:46

LiliyaBykova

Re: Are there no boat to travel from Miami to Ecuador instead of Flying?

You can travel South America by bus, there are some russian people who do it on regular basis. Buses (according to them) are safe(no assalt reported), reliable(strict schedule), comfortable(good seats and toilet on board) and on some of them have food served.
There are buses from Ecuador to Lima, from Lima to Santago, from Santago to the coast and to Argentina and Uruguay.
Bonus - you dont have to pay $42 fee flying out of Ecuador.

http://el-petrolero.livejournal.com/60024.html
this is post about bus ride from Argentina to Uruguay
Picture of food served on the bus (dinner -breakfast)
Bus has two floors, on each floor - there is cofee machine.

Last edited by LiliyaBykova (23 December 2010 16:34:12)

#13 13 October 2011 19:37:54

Terrisitagg
Terrisitagg
Merritt Island Florida

Re: Are there no boat to travel from Miami to Ecuador instead of Flying?

I'm in the same position...I need to travel with elderly pets, and don't want to fly them. If you do find something, please share!! (I am in Florida too):cool:

#14 14 October 2011 05:06:51

OceanHideaway
OceanHideaway
Anconcito ~ Salinas

Re: Are there no boat to travel from Miami to Ecuador instead of Flying?

Traveling with older pets is a difficult issue.  If they are used to car travel (so noises and shifts of their crate is not traumatic); if they have healthy kidneys so they do not dehydrate; if you travel in short increments (Miami to Quito is just 4 hours of flight time -- Miami to Guayaquil 4 1/2 hours) and you travel when it is cool on the tarmac at take off; and your pets can handle updating their innoculations plus the extras they will need to come here -- it is a good call to chance it.  That being said, do have a vet on stand by when you get here -- Poochie, my boxer, got two chest colds when he got here and a tummy upset that had him off his food for a few days.  As a big dog he could handle that, a little breed might have a bigger problem so knowing you have vet care on call is good for peace of mind.  And vet care here is both as modern as the USA and much much less expensive (say $5 for an injection, maybe $10 for a visit?) One thing I would suggest -- do not sedate your pet before take off -- most dogs do much better with new experiences if they are not woozy.  The other hint is withold food after their last potty break, but do not withold water.  If you are being met at the airport have your driver/fried arrive with a bottle of drinking water -- if you arrive on your own there are lots of food places in the arrival terminal and they all see bottled drinking water.  Oh and from personal experience -- the police do NOT like doggies peeing just outside the terminal, find some grass (yeah Poochie peed right by the door when he came out -- guess he was welcoming himself to Guayaquil!)

Susan (and Poochie the intrepid traveling boxer!)

#15 03 December 2012 20:13:57

ShireXPat
ShireXPat
Grafton, New Hampshire

Re: Are there no boat to travel from Miami to Ecuador instead of Flying?

I found a one way cruise from Ft. L to Lima (with two stops in Ecuador) for $700…but it leaves too soon for me: 7 Dec. If I had at least a couple weeks to prepare, I'd have gone for it.

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