Friday..........Bus Loja Internacional Ejecutivo. Piura, Peru to Loja, Ecuador.
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Oscar has arranged for the driver to take me to the bus terminal at 8:30 at no cost, very kind of him. The bus leaves shortly after 9. I feel a bit stupid buying two seats when there’s hardly anyone on the bus. Perhaps there’ll be more people later? As we drive towards Ecuador, the terrain changes from flat to mountainous and from dusty brown to green. We have only one scheduled stop which is at Macara, just over the border in Ecuador, but first we go through the border formalities. You sign out of Peru, walk across the border, which is the river and then sign into Ecuador. We stop at Macara for about 25 minutes to have a walk, buy some lunch. Already you can see that the housing is of a higher standard than earlier in the day. I wonder if I think this just because everything is green rather than dusty, but no, it’s definitely a more prosperous area.
About two hours before we reach Loja, a lot of locals get on and then most get off at different places along the way. We reach Loja around 5:30 and I catch a cab to the hotel. I find out what is the best bus company for the final trip into Cuenca. Turns out to be the same bus company that I came here with, so I return to the terminal, USD1 each way, to buy the ticket for tomorrow. I decide to buy two tickets again, which costs me USD15 for around 4 hours. Proportionally dearer than yesterday. BTW Ecuador uses USD, also they use different electrical plugs from the other 3 countries that I’ve visited.
Hotel Grand Loja, Loja, single room, ensuite, wifi, cable. USD30 pn.
Today’s trivia, it really pays to surf the net to get a good hotel price and I always try to find the actual site by using different search engines. Sometimes, but not often, the hotel is actually dearer on the net, than buying through an accommodation site. Usually it’s the cheapest price and I’ve found that I get pretty prompt replies to my queries. Also I've found that nearly every hotel in the middle price range has wifi, ensuite, cable and the single room has a double or bigger bed. I pick the cheapest/recommended hotel that has what I want and usually find that there is little English spoken, which suits me.