[su_divider top=”no” divider_color=”#006699″] This lady ran up to Krista as we were walking around Quito and, using her best hand signals, told her not to carry her purse around on her back. She made a cutting motion like a knife and we remembered reading how petty thieves can cut bags to steal from people.

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Fortunately we didn’t experience any issue but a fellow traveler we met in our building was robbed on his second day in Ecuador. He said he was talking to a local man in a restaurant and when he turned to get his backpack it was gone. Sounded like teamwork to me – distract him while another guy moves in to rob him. We try not to let horror stories run our lives but Quito did feel uneasy at times.

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