Ecuador to restrict number of cars in rush hour

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Webby in FL

Saint Petersburg, FL

#21 Feb 8, 2010
Z-kun wrote:
I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Ecuador the day after Christmas for little over a week. I had planned my gift to myself back in September 09' after I met an enchanting young lady that was visiting the States from Ecuador. She insisted I come and visit her and meet and stay with her family. When I arrived I was overwhelmed with hospitality. Some of the nicest people i've ever met are back in Ecuador now. During my visit I had my lovely tour guide take me to Downtown Quito, with it's beautiful churches and wonderful building styles. I felt like I had stepped back in time, it was amazing. Then we traveled up to Otavalo and Cotacachi to see and buy from there towns markets. Oh and also got to stand on the Equator at the placed Telemundo (sounds like the name of the TV network haha). And lastly the family and I traveled to Baha de Caraquez for New Year's. That was the best part of my trip out of everything. I got to be apart of the burning of the end of the year. I had bought a cartoon icon from Futurama as my thing to burn. It was made of paper mache and had fireworks inside. Me and the Acosta family got to light up the figures in the middle of the street after midnight. If that wasn't enough the beaches and nightlife in that city were amazing. I'll always remember the walks on the beach with my M-Chan, those too will never be forgotten. So yeah the time went by so fast when I was there, I can't wait to take an extended stay once again in the future.
Z-kim, Glad to see your post. How fortunate that you connected with your Ecuadorian hosts. I am planning a trip to the Costa area next month. I am travelling alone and have no contacs there, but I am curious to explore the Pacific coast there. How would you compare to CA's topography .. Santa Barbara? San Diego? I have read recent reports of petty crime, muggings; especially against US and Canadian tourist .. what was your observations about safety? What observations or suggestions did your host offer? Any input on the current 'tourist' situation would be most appreciated. Thank you.
Webby in FL

Saint Petersburg, FL

#22 Feb 8, 2010
latino_gringo wrote:
Boy I can see that happening especially in Guayaquil! You must be kidding me. The police are inept at best here. They can't slow down or stop express kidnappings, robbery, or slow down the amount of murders in the city. How are they going to police automobiles?
Will be fun to see what happens!
Hello latino_gringo : I am planning a trip to the Costa area next month. I am travelling alone and have no contacs there, but I am curious to explore the Pacific coast there. How would you compare to CA's topography .. Santa Barbara? San Diego? I have read recent reports of petty crime, muggings; especially against US and Canadian tourist .. what are your observations about safety? What suggestions might you offer about transportation up/down the coast .. bus, taxi, car rent? Any input on the current 'tourist' situation would be most appreciated. Thank you.
Webby in FL

Saint Petersburg, FL

#23 Feb 8, 2010
Su Gente wrote:
I thought it was hilarious that they allowed LEFT turns at red lights! Holy mier**!!! The last thing I ever wanted to do was drive in Ecuador; I always hired taxis or took buses (which were a real adventure too, believe me). Still, I love Ecuador and most everything about it especially the cool ceviche and the hot women!
Hello Su Gente! I live in Clearwater FL. I am planning a trip to the Costa area next month. I am travelling alone and have no contacs there, but I am curious to explore the Pacific coast there. How would you compare to CA's topography .. Santa Barbara? San Diego?(or) FL's beaches? I have read recent reports of petty crime, muggings; especially against US and Canadian tourist .. what are your observations about safety? What suggestions might you offer about transportation up/down the coast .. bus, taxi, car rent? Any input on the current 'tourist' situation would be most appreciated. Thank you.
Webby in FL

Saint Petersburg, FL

#24 Feb 8, 2010
bowleevar wrote:
I live in South Florida near Miami, Mr. Su Gente.
I have been here but three months but I am enjoying it very much.
It is much cooler this time of year up by you?
One reason I chose this locale is for the shorter flight time to Ecuador plus it is cheaper to fly.
Hasta la proxima.
Hello 'bowleevar'! I live in Clearwater FL. I am planning a trip to the Costa area next month. I am travelling alone and have no contacs there, but I am curious to explore the Pacific coast there. How would you compare to Florida's beach communities? I have read recent reports of petty crime, muggings; especially against US and Canadian tourist .. what are your observations about safety? What suggestions might you offer about transportation up/down the coast .. bus, taxi, car rent? Any input on the current 'tourist' situation would be most appreciated. Thank you.
los amigos del ecuador

Fort Walton Beach, FL

#25 Feb 8, 2010
dasdsa, wtf?:)

los amigos del ecuador
dean

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#26 Feb 28, 2010
Webby in FL wrote:
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Hello 'bowleevar'! I live in Clearwater FL. I am planning a trip to the Costa area next month. I am travelling alone and have no contacs there, but I am curious to explore the Pacific coast there. How would you compare to Florida's beach communities? I have read recent reports of petty crime, muggings; especially against US and Canadian tourist .. what are your observations about safety? What suggestions might you offer about transportation up/down the coast .. bus, taxi, car rent? Any input on the current 'tourist' situation would be most appreciated Thank you.
Well Webby, I would start by asking how long is your trip and how much do you plan to spend? The coastal area around salinas is the most developed in Ecuador. If you are into creature comforts this is for you. Rental cars are expensive in Ecuador and carry a high deductable if you have an accident. Not recommended. Taxis are a reasonable way to get around, but stay with reputable operators as there are some that would do you harm.If you are a little more into adventure there are many areas along the coast that are worth a visit. Buses are cheap and pretty reliable, running in all directions in the country. Manta is a larger city, but has a decent beach and good nightlife. Canoa is a little sleepy coastal town visited by a lot of foreign tourists.Small, but charming, really laid back. Moving north, there are more interesting beach towns south of Esmeraldas, Atacamas, Tonsupa, Same, Sua and Mompiche. Mompiche has a new resort that equals many international standards. Atacamas is more suitable for the backpacker crowd and the local tourist from Quito. As a foreigner traveling in an unfamiliar country you should always be careful, but Ecuador is a warm and friendly country. enjoy your time there and be safe. I've only mentioned a few places, there are many more.
cala

New Hartford, NY

#27 Mar 4, 2010
bowleevar wrote:
Dear Mr. Su Gente, I applaud your well traveled ways but I am astonished that an Ecuadorean such as you that you have never visited the lovely and Colonial Heritage site city Cuenca....
It is the third largest city in Ecuador and a lovely example of colonial workmanship.
I am residing in Florida at this time but I will be visiting soon. A buenas noches to you.
certo
johnboy

Denver, CO

#28 Mar 22, 2010
Su Gente wrote:
I thought it was hilarious that they allowed LEFT turns at red lights! Holy mier**!!! The last thing I ever wanted to do was drive in Ecuador; I always hired taxis or took buses (which were a real adventure too, believe me). Still, I love Ecuador and most everything about it especially the cool ceviche and the hot women!
Where in Ecuador are the hot women? I have heard in another forum that they are not "hot" especially grading them against Colombian's
dean

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#30 Apr 6, 2010
johnboy wrote:
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Where in Ecuador are the hot women? I have heard in another forum that they are not "hot" especially grading them against Colombian's
Ecuador has plenty of hot women. Try spending a little time on the northern coast. The women are especially beautiful there and rival anything Colombia has to offer.
johnboy

Denver, CO

#31 Apr 7, 2010
dean wrote:
<quoted text> Ecuador has plenty of hot women. Try spending a little time on the northern coast. The women are especially beautiful there and rival anything Colombia has to offer.
Thanks for the reply Dean. Which towns on the northern coast would be a good place to live and play ie surfing,nightlife,fishing etc. I heard somewhere that Ecuador also has good trout fishing...is that true? Two more things please...I am a gun collector...how do I bring in my handguns,rifles,and shotguns into Ecuador?? Do you apply for the pension visa before or after you start living there? TIA

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