We rented the cheapest car we could find, which turned out to be a Chevy Spark, so we called it Sparky. It was tiny, basically a souped-up motor-cycle, but actually it’s narrow profile was a benefit frequently. The engine was not a benefit when trying to pass, since Ecuador has almost no passing lanes! Everything was manual. Sparky had air conditioning, but if we used it we’d better not be passing or going uphill! We had to choose between driving uphill and using the air conditioning, so the air conditioning on/off button became part of the shift pattern. Cars are pretty expensive in Ecuador. Sparky cost $60 per day with 500 free kilometers, but the cost almost doubled when we bought insurance. The good news is that we spent almost nothing on gas.