Before we left Puerto Ayora, I asked Tom what he thought about the idea of flying from Guayaquil to Quito. After 2 long bus rides I really wasn't in the mood for another long ride. Originally we had planned to arrive in Guayaquil and spend two nights there but I had mentioned that our one full day in Guayaquil would require that we go to the bus terminal to pick up our tickets to Quito. Perhaps, it wouldn't be too expensive to fly into Guayaquil and forego the long bus ride and have close to two full days in Guayaquil. Tom thought it was a great idea and we asked the staff what airline they could recommend, and where was it located. Well, we were told that the Latam office was just a few minutes away from us on the main road; and so it was. (https://www.latam.com/en_un/latam-pass/how-many-kms-for-your-trip/latam-flights-domestic/) We must have passed it numerous times while walking to the fish market and the Charles Darwin Research Centre. So in we went (air conditioning, how nice) and our flight was booked. The cost of the flight was about $120 Cdn. each and even better the flight was less than an hour. Wow, we felt so good about our decision and freeing up our time. We knew that our trip was coming to the half way mark and we wanted to maximize our time as much as possible.
As mentioned earlier we had bought a cheap phone in Quito. The problem we were having was that we were unable to unlock the phone to use it. The screen said to press this key and then that key....well we did but had no luck. The staff showed us what we needed to do. What we were doing was right, but we weren't quick enough. Amazing that we had a cell phone that we could connect to the Internet, take pictures with and could had a double SIM card slot (why do you need 2 SIM card slots?). Since we only bought the phone to make phone calls we did not get an Internet package or the capability to take any pictures