Before I stepped on my first bus, I’d already heard a handful of stories about people being robbed, backpacks slashed, and valuables stolen.

In preparation for the 3-hour trip from Quito to Banos, I did some Googling and found no shortage of other anecdotes. They revealed the common tactics of thieves, as well as safety tips for riding the buses in Ecuador (learned the hard way).

During my time in Ecuador, I’ve applied them all, and am convinced they helped protect me against at least one potential thief.

1. Travel During the Day

Thanks to the socialist policies of the current President, the main highways throughout Ecuador are in excellent condition. However, visibility is always going to be better during the day than at night, and landslides can occur without warning.

Plus, you’ll be less likely to fall asleep during the day, thereby ensuring you’re more alert to your surroundings. You’ll also be able to see more of the country.

2.  Pay Extra for Direct Buses

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    In late 2007, I quit my job and left the comfortable life in the USA for the open road with nothing but a 20-pound backpack, a …

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