Despite the recent boom in car rental in Ecuador, you might find it surprisingly more expensive than rental in Europe or North America.
Major international rental companies such as Hertz and Avis are to be found in the major cities, normally at the airports and other locations in the cities. Although all the companies offer a variety of vehicles, the preferred choice of visitors is 4x4, particularly for those who wish to travel outside of the cities where the infrastructure is often below standard.
As with most companies, the rates are charged either on a daily or a weekly basis. Some companies put a milage cap on rentals so it is advisable to enquire when renting whether the particular price includes a fixed or unlimited mileage. Prices naturally vary but expect to pay, for a standard 4x4, between $70 and $100 a day with most of the companies giving a discounted rate for weekly rentals while others offer discounts for certain airlines, travel agents and tourism companies.
Annoyingly, some companies require you to be over 23 rather than the normal 21 but all require a driving licence held for over 2 years and a credit card.
To ensure the least amount of hassle when you arrive, it is best to investigate all the options and all requirements prior to your arrival. HIP Ecuador recommends www.rent-4wd.com, a great option for car rental with private driver.