we had booked a bus to take us all the way from Mancora to Tumbes, to the border to check out of Peru, to then go into Ecuador and check in and to take us to Cuenca, back into the mountains. all this was to be as smooth as it could possibly be, as the bus was to drive us the whole way.
Now although i must stress, it was not the most horrific journey, it was not quite as smooth as one would have hoped.
Firstly, we arrived at our bus stop right on schedule. to wait a bit and then for someone to tell us to get into a tuk tuk as our bus was waiting for us elsewhere.hmmm... so we drove up the road....and back to our stop. when i asked what the point of our little tuk tuk ride was, the guy just said he was confused. helpful!
Then we got shued over to a minivan and left for about 15 mins while they tried to hola more ppl into the van. the joy. the minivan was to take us to Tumbes. and it did, at a nice speed of about 100mph, along bumps and dirt tracks. weirdly i quite enjoyed the ride.
Once we arrived in Tumbes we were ushered out of the van and the guy told us he would take us to our bus. he grabbed fionas bag and in a manly fashion carried it up the road on his shoulder. (its a rucksack for crying out loud - the straps are there for a reason..)
we got in a taxi, a car that can only be describd as a tin can cellotaped together.
this taxi took us all the way to the border where we got stamped out of Peru (woohooo, so glad to be out of Peru!!! you have no idea.)
to then get back in the taxi and drive to the very last inch of peru. to then change taxi and ride to the immigtaion office to get stamped in. once all this was finally done, they took us back to the border and said we could either wait a few hours for our supposed bus to Cuenca, or pay a few dollars for another to cuenca leaving right then. we took the latter option, feeling a bit ripped off, but whats a few dollars between friends
Finally on our bus to Cuenca, we had pick of the seats for a goof 4-5 hours until the bus became overloaded and they were taking ppl on, even though there were no seats left.
At around 9pm, we arrived in Cuenca, which i have to say is really rather lovely. shame its raining, but i´ll take that, its not a dump!there is no smell of wee on the streets, and everything here seems so much more cared for and cleaner, the people even look like they wash!!!!
Off to Quito early tomorrow morning! yay