We decided not to publish anything on our blog as our parents will get too worried, but wanted to warn other travellers in Ecuador: Do not use the bus company "Patria".
We lived through a terrible accident on our way from Cuenca to Alausi, and thank god are okay, apart from a traumatic neck injury and a few bruises and scratches.
The bus was driving too fast in rain , fog and on muddy roads and missed a curve and went straight down a hill before it tipped over.
We had to give first aid to passengers as we were the only ones with first aid kits (tip: have them in your day pack, we idiots had to get them out of the buried rucksacks..), the driver just ran away, the passengers were put on another bus, bleeding as they were, and we were left behind, giving help to a severly injured guy.
Needless to say, no compensation nor apology from the compamy, even though they promise on their ticket.
We did one thing: Wrote to Ecadorian newspapers, and "El Commercio" published it, accusing the company of their failures.
This is so common in Ecuador, they roads are terrible, the drivers drive too fast, and no rescue service etc in place.
Hospital service was great though, they really looked after us well, after a private car had taken us there.
We are hoping that by publishing it, bus companies take more responsibilities, and take us seriously, when we ask them not too speed. Only if tourists speak up, they have the power to change something. Local people seem to take it for granted that you might or not get killed on their roads.
As Ecuador is trying hard to push tourism, they might change their behaviour if more epople (tourists) complain.
You might find me naive, but I do not wish anyone to live through this traumatic experience (or even worse, die in it)
All the best to those out there having to use Ecuadorian buses, and DO tell them to slow down if you feel like it!
Vero and Marcos