Off the beaten path in Baños, Ecuador

Off the beaten path in Baños – My Maybe Drug Experience in Ecuador

I woke at 5.30am to get to Baños and took a 10 hour bus on a bendy road through the Ecuadorian countryside. I was tired, hot, and uncomfortable. On the next bus I was nearly falling asleep as I bought a bag of chopped mango from a trader onboard before we set off. Only when she left the bus did I notice the little bag of fine white powder nestled amongst the mango slices. I’ll never know if it was cocaine or simply icing sugar but I’ve heard horror stories of tourists having drugs planted on them. Feeling exhausted, I panicked and kicked the bag as far away from me as I could. Keep your wits about you in South America!