Oh, man....we feel your pain (on all types of visas, but especially the Ecuadorian type!!!) Bet you're getting to know Manta well.....one week we had to make 3 trips there from Bahia!!! As I recall it was a 3 hour bus ride each way!!! Cheers from the Bravo crew, splashed 2 days ago after 4.5 month haul out!!!!!
So the word yesterday is that we can get a "mariner's visa". Not sure what that is, but if we pay $300 per person, apparently we get another 1 year visa. No heading to Manta, no additional paperwork.... sounds too good to be true, but the money is getting paid tomorrow. An extension would have cost us at least $250/person, so we figure we'll end up being ahead if this goes through. Fingers crossed!