Wed morning we checked out of our Villa Nova Inn. It was time for the treacherous but scenic van ride back to Guayaquil . We left at 6:30am Thurs morning so we arranged to spend one night at the Palace hotel , where we stayed one night at the beginning of our trip.
I’m not sure if I described the van ride through the Andes on our way up to Cuenca? Well….. It’s very harrowing ! I’ve posted some pictures of our drive . You know your at a very high altitude when you are above the clouds! That’s not fog…. It’s clouds! 12 thousand feet at the highest part of the journey. It’s very beautiful! Looking out the window is a spectacular view of mountains shooting up to the sky and wild alpaca grazing on the hillsides . But those Ecuadorian drivers are loco! They drive very fast through steep, curving roads, passing trucks and other cars every chance they get . You can hear the tires screeching and feel the van tipping as you tear around the corner at death defying speed! If that’s not terrifying enough, when you reach the highest points of the journey and you are driving through the clouds, the visibility is very bad and that damn driver decides he’s got to pass the semi-truck ahead of us even though he could never see if there is any oncoming traffic!!!! JEEZH!!!! If your an adrenalin junky, this is the trip for you!
Reaching the lowlands was very comforting . We caught a taxi from the van office and arrived at our hotel. Time for a drink! Then we decided a walk around Guayaquil would be good. They have a beautiful malecone which is a large park like walkway along the water. Guayaquil is located right on the coast and is normally a starting point for those visiting the Galapagos Islands. We’ll have to visit that area another time. We enjoyed our walk and made our way through the hustling city , to our hotel. I must say we missed the very cool, springlike weather of Cuenca! It’s very humid and hot down there!
Now we are sitting in the airport in Panama City for a four hour layover then we change planes in Cancun and continue on to our final destination, good old SFO! We’ll be home and ready for bed by about 10:00ish. Back to work tomorrow !!! I’m posting a few pictures I took today If the wifi here in the airport will let me. Cheers!