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How We Got Pickpocketed on a Short Bus Ride in Ecuador!

We’ve talked about it often but it never happened to us, until now. We were taking a short 50 cent bus ride from Olón to Montañita Ecuador when our pocket got picked and we lost an iPhone 6 worth several hundred dollars.

We made a mistake. Simple as that. We walked up to the taxi stop to catch a cab from Olón to Montañita, but there were no taxis. Instead, a bus came along and it was hot so we decided to hop on. What we didn’t realize was the bus was completely full! Standing room only!

Since we had it in our heads that we were taking a cab, we weren’t mentally or physically prepared for a jam packed bus so we hadn’t secured our valuables. If this happens again, we will turn around and get back off the bus to avoid being swarmed and pickpocketed.

Besides, my balance is horrible due to the nerve damage caused by my spinal injury so it’s unsafe for me to ride standing up on a speedy, jerky bus. We were both holding on for dear life with both hands, leaving my pockets and Amelia’s bag exposed and easy to access.

We only took our eye off the ball for a minute, but that’s all it took for a skilled pickpocket to steal our old iPhone. We won’t make that mistake again.

Here’s some more information on the Red-masked Parakeet that we saw in the video.

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Sunday in Olón Ecuador: Mercados, Walk Around Town + Sunset Beach Walk w/ Mini (2020)

This is our first day in the life video from our new pueblito on the coast of Ecuador. We took Daisy for a morning walk on the beach before heading up to the mercaditos just a few blocks from our condo here in Olón Ecuador.

We also walked back over to an artisanal bakery across the street from the mercaditos, but it has been closed for the past week. The guy at the traditional Ecuadorian bakery next door told us the owner has been really sick. Hopefully they feel better soon!

Since we can’t drink the tap water here, we also shared how we wash our fruits and veggies before wrapping up the video with a sunset walk along the beach. We’re not sure what the yellow flowering trees are called. If someone knows, please let us know in the comments.

Here are the Instagram accounts for the two people we met on our walk around Olón: Garrett Galvan and Nina Ragusa. We also featured them in this video: Amazing Tips for Living & Working Abroad from Garrett Galvan & Where In The World Is Nina!

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Olón Ecuador Condo Tour & Cost + Drama on the Beach w/ Mini (our new drone)

The monthly rent for a 12 month lease for our condo in Olón Ecuador is $700. That includes tap water and Internet access. We’re saving about $200/month compared to our house in Cuenca, which was $800/month but didn’t include water ($20/mo) or Internet ($56/mo).

This is also our first video featuring Mini, my new drone. We’re very happy with her so far, despite the attention she garnered from a friendly beach dog who wanted to use her as a chew toy!

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The Universe Taught Us a Lesson on our Move from Cuenca to Olón Ecuador (2020)

Our move to Olón from Cuenca Ecuador is complete! We’re now officially beach dwellers!

For the most part, the move was very smooth, but the Universe had one major test waiting for us upon our arrival that was a reminder to embrace our tranquilo, let go of the outcome and trust that everything will work out alright in the end.

We’ve been posting updates, photos and videos (including drone videos!) to our Instagram and Facebook accounts since we’ve been here so be sure to go check those out and remember to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

If you would like us to connect you with Edwin (our driver), Deb Anderson (our real estate agent in Olón) or Gabby (our translator), drop us a note through our contact form.

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CLP Bus to Guayaquil Ecuador from the Coast

We couldn’t live at Villa de Los Sueños forever and we eventually had to go back home to Cuenca Ecuador. This video covers our CLP Bus to Guayaquil Ecuador from Olón, including the Guayaquil Bus Terminal and the busetas that run between Cuenca and Guayaquil.

We took a taxi from Guayaquil to La Entrada on our way to the Ecuador Coast, but after speaking with some of the other guests and getting more information from Marsha at the B&B, we decided to take the CLP bus back to Guayaquil Ecuador.

The Cooperativa Libertad Peninsular (CLP) bus was much nicer than the other buses we have taken in Ecuador. The seats were comfortable, the ride was smooth and it didn’t stop as much. I was even able to sleep for about 30 minutes during the 2 hours and 45 minute ride from Olón to Guayaquil, something that NEVER happens to me on public transportation.

Once we got to Guayaquil, we took a taxi from the bus terminal to the Operazuaytur buseta office to catch our small bus back to Cuenca.

Other videos from this trip: Ecuador Coast 2018

 

People & Places

CLP Bus to Guayaquil Ecuador

This is the tiny bus station in Olón Ecuador from where the CLP bus to Guayaquil Ecuador leaves. It also stops in Montañita, which is only about 10 minutes from Olón on the way to Guayaquil. The cost was $7 per person one-way, which is about double the cost of the regular interprovincial buses.

2 Bus Ride from Olón to Cuenca Ecuador CLP Bus1 Bus Ride from Olón to Cuenca Ecuador Libertad Peninsular

The bus was large and very nice. It had a smooth ride and didn’t stop as much as the interprovincial buses to pick up passengers along the way, although it did stop more than we thought it would.

A Taste of Ecuadorian Driving

These two guys(right image) are transporting a large flat screen TV on a motorcycle…on the highway. Think about that for a minute. He’s basically carrying a sail in a high-wind zone. ¡Que loco!

And the other guy (left image) is on track to win the Darwin Award. You can see in the video that he was on his phone the entire time I filmed him while he was riding his motorcycle on the highway. Dude. That’s a toilet posture. You’re not on the can! You’re on the highway! On a motorcycle! Pay attention!

3 Bus Ride from Olón to Cuenca Ecuador Moto TV4 Bus Ride from Olón to Cuenca Ecuador Moto Texter

Religion is a big thing in Ecuador, but I’m always surprised to see commercial vehicles with religious iconography on them. This translates to “King of Kings.”

5 Bus Ride from Olón to Cuenca Ecuador Rey de Reyes

Guayaquil Bus Terminal

This is the Terminal Terrestre de Guayaquil or the Guayaquil Bus Terminal. It’s located just north of the airport. As the crow flies, it would be about a 5 minute walk from the bus terminal to the airport terminal. However, you can’t walk how the crow flies. It would probably be about a 20 minute walk going several blocks out of the way, so the cab drivers make bank charging $5 to drive people the relatively short distance between the terminals.

Guayaquil Bus Terminal6 Bus Ride from Olón to Cuenca Ecuador Guayaquil Bus Terminal

We were VERY impressed with the bus terminal! It was basically a giant shopping mall packed with people coming and going. The restrooms were big, super clean and energy efficient. As usual, the men’s restroom was very quick. It had lots of urinals so I was in and out of there in under 3 minutes. The women’s restroom was a different story. Amelia said it was packed and chaotic, so she opted to wait until we got to the buseta terminal a short cab ride away.8 Bus Ride from Olón to Cuenca Ecuador Cab Driver

The taxis are located just outside the north entrance/exit on the main floor of the Guayaquil bus terminal. Our diver saw that I was filming and gave us a pose, making his fellow drivers behind him laugh.

Operazuay Buseta Station

These guys were goofing around waiting for the buseta to leave at the Operazuaytur buseta station. Everyone is so friendly in Ecuador, especially to us gringos. They seem to really get a kick out of us, as you’ll see in our videos.10 Bus Ride from Olón to Cuenca Ecuador Papa

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture or usable video shot of the Operazuaytur office, but they were moving to a different location a few days after we were there so it really wouldn’t help anyway. The new office is only a block away, and both are very close (walking distance) to the airport. The busetas cost $12 one-way between Cuenca and Guayaquil. I’m not sure where else they go.

11 Bus Ride from Olón to Cuenca Ecuador Buseta

We really liked taking the busetas (small buses) through Cajas National Park rather than a big bus. The mountain roads are very curvy with steep inclines and declines so the smaller buseta is able to handle them much better. We took a large interprovincial bus between Cuenca and Machala and the motion almost made me sick. I was able to acquire some motion sickness pills for the return trip.12 Bus Ride from Olón to Cuenca Ecuador Mike Wazowski

I bet you didn’t know Mike Wazowski could skateboard! Ecuador is full of murals and I thought these were pretty cool leaving the airport area (more shown in the video).

The Drive from Guayaquil to Cuenca

American brands are so common here that sometimes it’s easy to forget we’re in a foreign country. (see in the image gallery) The buseta terminal was directly across the street from a Holiday Inn and there was a Sherwin Williams paint store and a Formica store in the same area as the buseta terminal.

Sugar cane is one of Ecuador’s exports, along with chocolate, fruits and flowers. This is a baby sugar cane field that was probably planted within the previous month. (see in the image gallery) The sugar cane will be almost as tall as those trees in the middle of the field once it’s fully grown.

It takes about an hour and a half from Guayaquil to reach the base of the Andes Mountain range. Then it’s a quick climb to ascend through the clouds.

Be sure to check out Part 1 in this series to see more beautiful shots of Cajas National Park.

Amelia is an expert sleeper. (see in the image gallery) I almost never nap on public transportation, even overnight flights. But it’s common for Amelia to be asleep before they close the door. I’m certainly envious of that trait. Especially when I have to sit there and watch her head bob up and down while I’m bored silly!

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We hope you enjoyed our trip from Olón to Guayaquil and then to Cuenca, Ecuador in the fifth and final part of our first trip to Ecuador’s Southern Coast. Please remember to like, comment and share our video, and also subscribe to our YouTube channel. If you’d like us to make a video about something specific or if you have questions, please let us know in the comments.

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