Baņos Ecuador
Tip: Two padlocks - Arriving late - Go to your first choice hotel -Thirsty on bus - How much money

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ISSUE:  005
DATE:  March 23, 2000
TITLE:  Baņos Ecuador
TIP:  Two padlocks - Arriving late - Go to your first choice hotel -Thirsty on bus - How much money?
LOCATION:  Mataņita - Baņos, Ecuador



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Mataņita Beach, and Baņos next to Volcano, Ecuador

Went from Quito to the Beach called Mantaņita. Caught about 5 days
of sun, and of course the sunsets. Nice beach, small, and full of the
people selling jewelry, with dreads, or rasta’s, and bongos. Fun and
interesting mix of cultures. More foreign culture, than local culture.
none the less, a culture of a sorts. Kind of a veggie, granola for lunch
with an afternoon joint watching the sunset.

Ok, so I got my tan back, watched some surfers, and saw the evolution
of a city from a small village, to a tourist area. Seem like it might
be another Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, in a few years with lots of
expensive hotels, and just 3 hours from Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Stopped in Guayaquil on the way to Baņos, full of people, working, and
doing what people do. Selling, buying, and walking everywhere.
Interesting markets, nice and dirty. Great place to see people, and watch people
living as they do, and not cleaned up for the tourist.

Baņos, now here would be a great place to retire, and live easy. Coffee
shops, Pizza, a combination of tourist place, with a wonderful landscape.
A valley surrounded by tall mountains, and a large volcano, that has
recently erupted a little, only about 50 percent of the people are
living here right now. I lived in the Planta y Blanco Hostel. 3 dollars a
night, and I think my mother would love this place. Clean, and a terrace on the
top, with a breakfast restaurant. This place would cost 60-150 dollars a
night in the US. How long before the pay a LOT tourist come? 3 dollars US.

Note: Some girls from Quito, Ecuador (Guapa) want to come live in
USA, and work. Doe anyone want to have a visitor, and give them
a place to live for a month? They are both school teachers in Ecuador.



Ugly padlocks on doors!
I moved into a Hostel called, Centro del Mundo in Mantaņita, Ecuador.
It had a hasp, or the ability to put a Padlock, on the outside of the
I carry 2 padlocks with me, and this sealed my decision. I take their
off, and replace it with mine. I am now feeling very secure about my
computer, money, and digital camera. I know they have to make a lot
of noise to break in, I got a room close to the office, and felt safe. A

friend from California, USA ask me, What she should do when she does
not feel safe? I said that was easy. Move. I never live anywhere where
I do not feel safe. Rent rooms where you can use YOUR padlock, and
do not let them clean the room.

Arrived Late.
A couple of woman from Canada were leaving Quito by bus.
I ask them how far they were going. They said about 4 hours to Baņos,
Ecuador. It was already 4 O’clock in the afternoon. I thought to myself this is
dangerous. To arrive at city late in the day, after dark, walking around in the
city, not knowing which hotel is not wise. I always try to arrive in a city around noon,
or before , or at least have 3-4 hours of daylight left. If the bus is late a
couple of hours, I still have time. All night buses’ are nice because they arrive in the
morning. A late start can be dangerous.

Hotel advice.
I arrived in Baņos, Ecuador from Guayaquil. I knew I wanted
to go to the Planta y Blanco hostel. I had to walk by 20 nice looking
hostels, or Hostals as they call them here. I had already got some rave reviews
of this hostel, and was quite sure it was good. If I only read the
guidebook, I would have been stopping at all the hotels along the way, and asked,
price, and looked. I would not have made it to the Planta y Blanca
Hostel. I would have missed out on one of the best hostels, I have ever seen.
Know which Hotel is recommended when you leave a city, ask friend
to recommend a couple of places. You will get a better hotel

Thirsty on the Bus.
I got on a bus, and realized I am thirsty. The price of water went from
2000 Sucres for a bottle to 5000 Sucres. I had free water at the hotel, but
forgot to fill up my water bottle. On a 11 hour bus trip from Quito,
Ecuador to Mantanita, Ecuador you get thirsty. Fill up your water bottle before
a bus trip, buy some snacks, and you will save money. Water is
one of my biggest expenses. Save money, pay attention to the
cost of water. It is a big expense.

Ran out of money!
In Mantaņita my friends from Australia were leaving to go to
Libertad to get money. This is a 1-2 hour trip in a bus. They
did not have enough money to live for a couple of weeks,
and there was no banks in Mantaņita. They would run
short of money soon. I try to carry enough money to live
for at least 2-3 weeks with me at al times. I never know
when I will go into a town with no banks, or Automatic
Teller machines. Get money before you leave, not
after you arrive. Too much money is better problem
than not enough. 100 US dollars will spend anywhere.

As always these are guidelines, and not always true. Adapt to the

I am leaving today for Columbia. Maybe I can find some Guerrillas.
Bogota, Medellin, Cartegena. Than on to Venezuela.
Guyana, Surinama, and Brazil. Just got my yellow fever shots.



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