Funky Buses and Kicking Babies

Trip Start Nov 10, 2007
Trip End Nov 15, 2009

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

   You've heard this before - I have sworn off overnight bus trips.  Trouble is, sometimes it's the only bus that's available!  Damn!  I looked into flying from Chiclayo to Guayaquil but it was $550!  No way.  So...bought my ticket for the 8 pm bus.  Chiclayo has a number of bus lines and stations and many quality buses.  none of them go to Ecuador however.  I ended up on a dirty, cramped bus with an unbelievable  pile of cargo and luggage on top...Okay, I can do this.  I was okay until I got a neighbor who was holding a baby.  The seats were cramped and I either had mom's elbow or baby's foot bumping against me the whole night.  Wheh.  Arrived in Guayaquil at about 3 the next day and took a cab to the hotel.  I had the address for the driver but that didn't seem to help and he  couldn't find it.  I finally told him to just drop me off and I walked up and down the street looking, asking three times...and finally found it.   The sign is about 10 inches square so it didn't exactly jump out at me.  I settled into my room and crashed.    I spent two nights there and didn't do much other than walk along the malecon.  The city didn't appeal much but the malecon was a pretty design and a pleasant place to hang out. 
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Where I stayed
Manso Boutique Hotel
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