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Getting Around

Prescher said that he sold his car when he moved to Ecuador, for one simple reason—he didn't need it. "Our village is easy to walk around," he said. "If we don't want to walk, taxis are everywhere, and we've never spent more than five dollars for a ride in the village."

Ecuador also has a good mass transit system. "When we go to Quito or other towns from the village, we take the buses, which run constantly and cost an average of $1.00 per hour of travel," he said.

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