Driving directions to Casa Mojanda adminmetamorf 2018-08-25T18:56:54+00:00
Driving directions to Casa Mojanda
How to drive to Casa Mojanda from Quito or from its Airport:
It is our experience that travel apps are not yet reliable in Ecuador, so if you have them, please put them away and get directions the old fashioned way, from humans and printed maps. We at Casa Mojanda are certifiable humans and we are pleased to offer our guests the following easy and updated directions to get here. Signage in Ecuador is somewhere between confusing and non-existant with respect to names of roads, streets and lack of street signs, so you will have to make your way to the Panamericana Norte (E35) from your starting point in the City of Quito. Your hotel should be able to give you good directions. Travel Apps will not. There are many ways to get to the Panamericana Norte (E35), which cannot all be described here and which of course depend on where you are starting from in the city. If you are a visitor driving a vehicle, as opposed to taking public or private transportation, we hope you relax enjoy the wonderful scenary and adventures of driving in a foreign country. Driving here is not for everyone although most of our major highways are excellent once you are on them. Drive carefully and defensively and take your time. A paper roadmap will give you a far better for a visual than the travel apps of where you are heading. If you find yourself lost, please find a safe place to stop, and call us at +593980335108.
Getting Here FROM the city of Quito:
Take the Panamericana Norte north (E35). Continue towards Otavalo, and where the road divides, you can take EITHER the Tabacundo or Cayambe fork. The Cayambe route (which is a continuation of E35) is on your right at the intersection. It has less traffic, is more scenic, and you can stop at the wonderful QUITSATO Middle of the World Monument which you will pass on your right before you get to Cayambe. The Tabacundo route goes off to the left (E28B) is a few minutes shorter, but it is a busier route and usually has some slow traffic going through Tabacundo. Either way you will end up on the same road again, the Panamericana Norte, E35, which will take you to Otavalo. After you pass the large and lovely lake San Pablo on your right, you will get to a roundabout and a gas station on you right called MASGAS, where there is also a traffic light you will pass. Continue straight and make a LEFT TURN at the THIRD traffic light after the gas station. There is a turn lane and a left directional arrow where you turn but no signs. You will then take an IMMEDIATE LEFT and keep going straight up the cobblestone road for 3.8 km (10 to 15 minutes) until you reach our Casa Mojanda sign and wooden gate, which will be open on the right. Enter our steep cobblestone road down to the parking area below. If you do not see anyone waiting for you at the parking circle, ring the bell loudly which you will see next to the access stairs or honk your horn a few times, if necessary. If you take the left stairs down, right next to the bell and sign, you will see the reception on your immediate right. Please come in, and welcome!
NOTES: Keep in mind that you DO NOT drive into the town of Otavalo in order to get directly to Casa Mojanda. (The town is on the right side of the road where you will turn off the highway, not the left.)
If you take the Tabacundo route (E 28B), DO NOT under any circumstances follow the sign for the Mojanda Lakes in Tabacundo no matter how big it is. It will lead you to hours of driving on a dirt road which is impassable for most cars. (The cobblestone road to Casa Mojanda is the only accessible road to the Mojanda Lakes, which are located 12 kilometers (25 minutes) PAST Casa Mojanda, and might make a lovely trip, but after you get here.)
Getting Here from Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport:
From the airport, you have two choices.
Head southeast for 6.6 miles to a roundabout called Conector Alpachaca. Take the first exit which will put you on the Panamerican North (Panamericana Norte/Troncal de la Sierra/E35) which you will follow toward Otavalo and Ibarra. Then follow the directions as if driving from Quito. (This drive should take 1 hour 40 minutes, not counting any stops of course. The Quitsato Ecuatorial monument and education center is a very highly recommended half hour stop on that route.)
The following route via Tabacundo is up to twenty minutes shorter than the one above, so take this one if you are under time constraints and you do not want to stop at Quitsato Middle of the World monument.
From the airport: Head southeast toward the Conector Alpachaca roundabout
Then take the Panamericana Norte/ Route E35 to Vía Guayllabamba Tabacundo/E28B
Continue on Vía Guayllabamba Tabacundo/E28B for awhile to Carretera Panamericana/Troncal de la Sierra/E35. Continue north toward Otavalo and Casa Mojanda as per our directions above from the City of Quito.
Take the Panamerican Highway south about 20 minutes from Ibarra. When you get to a traffic circle, stay to the right where the main highway continues, and then count four traffic lights after the circle. Go right at the fourth working traffic light, letting the local road traffic pass first on the far right if necessary. Make an immediate left and follow the road (going toward the Mojanda Lakes) for 3.8 kilometers, about 10-12 minutes. (Watch out for potholes.) Look for the Casa Mojanda sign and wooden gate on the right. Note that if you follow the Panamericana, you will not pass through the town of Otavalo in order to get here. Also note that due to recent road work, the right turn off of the Panamerican is a little steep and tricky, and there are no signs at present so take your time and go slow. If possible, at the second or third traffic light after the roundabout, try to get into the local traffic lane on the far right and this will make it easier to turn right at the fourth traffic light.
The best and fastest way to contact Casa Mojanda is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will always reply promptly. However there are occa-sional losses of email here and elsewhere. If you don’t hear back from us with 48 hours, you should resend your message.