Am I crazy to want to rent a car for a one week vacation in Ecuador?
January 23, 2014 11:23 AM Subscribe
We are going for a one week trip to Ecuador in early March. I am a few years away from retirement age and so we are researching Cuenca as a place to retire on what our pitiful pensions will provide. We will fly into Guayaquil and plan to spend three days at a coastal eco-lodge, then three days in Cuenca, and back to Guayaquil. I don't need anyone to convince me of the pros or cons of gringo retirement to Ecuador--that's what the trip is for. I need to know if I am bat-shit crazy to rent a car over taking the astoundingly cheap buses and taxis there.
posted by beelzbubba to Travel & Transportation around Ecuador (18 answers total)
Other facts that may be important: My Spanish is limited. I can grasp basic concepts and directions, but I will never be mistaken for a fluent--or even moderate--speaker. Also, I have driven in other countries where my grasp of the language was non-existent or the signage or the available directions for point a to point b was poor or entirely unavailable. I have thrived in those situations, I actually enjoy it. I do not enjoy physical danger from hijacking or corruption. I do not plan to drive any distance after dark, and while in Cuenca, the car will probably remain parked.
Any advice will be welcomed.