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Transportation to Vilcabamba from Guayaquil

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relyondiana
8/11/2019 14:02 EST

I just read a series of postings triggered by 3 ladies going to Cuenca from Guayaquil. WOW!

That aside, I'll be arriving in G on August 27, spending the nite and will travel to V the next morning... I was hoping to travel by bus to Loja and then switch to another bus to V. After reading that other posting that I must attach my carry-on bag to my ankle by carbiner and I run the risk of someone stealing my stored luggage, I'm concerned this may not be the safest (though most economical) way for a woman on her own, to travel. No, I cannot spend $120 to travel by a private van. Any suggestions? Are there buses that go directly to V from G? At the end of Sept, I'll go from V to Cuenca. Is there direct transportation or must I change in Loja? Thanks in advance for the info...
Diana

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Kimac
8/11/2019 17:39 EST

Others may have more pertinent comments about the specifics involved, but I'll throw this out:

Safe v. Dangerous Buses. I think the buses are quite safe, but that doesn't mean you can get stoned or otherwise be stupid about it. I throw my daypack above me into the overhead rack the opposite side where I can keep an easy eye on it and feel just fine. As for stowed luggage, they'll give you a chit with matching #, which any conman worth his salt could scam his way past. But, they won't be stopping except at the destination, so the question is whether you have your act (minimally) together enough to stop any "mistakes" with someone claiming the wrong bag at that point. I would NOT feel so sanguine about an overnight trip.

G to V would entail a very FULL day, and for me life's too short for such things. First you'd go from G to Cuenca, which is like 4 hours; reclaim your stuff, have a bite, then catch another bus for V, which'd be another 4 hours. L to V is like 20 minutes and buses leave every 15 or so, so that's hardly worth mentioning. Except that you may well be arriving in L after dark. I wouldn't worry about taking that final bus at nite, but is it really worth the wear and tear to do this all in one day?

Doing that trip myself, I'd spend the night in Cuenca. It's not even a close call. Don't worry so much about bus security, but that doesn't mean you can approach these things dumb either.

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relyondiana
8/12/2019 15:27 EST

Thank you, Kimac, for the re-assurance. I'll take the bus and be vigilant, though not paranoid about my carry on.
Diana

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Dansace
8/15/2019 09:12 EST

Contact the Izhcayluma Hosteria in Vilcabamba about taking their van from Cuenca to Vilcabamba - costs $16 and will take you straight to Vilcabamba. It leaves around 1pm from Cuenca. If there is a bus from Guayaquil to Cuenca that would arrive at least 2-4 hours before the van leaves you should have plenty of time for the connection. If it were me, I would spend a day in Cuenca stretching your legs and visiting the city, it's beautiful.

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