We left about 8:00 to go into Portoviejo. We arrived at the building where we would get our Migratori Movimiento document. We directed upstairs to the office. When we got there the guard told us where to sit to wait for the person to get back from lunch. We waited about 15 minutes. The gentleman told us he could process it, but some machine they needed was broken, so they send everything to Manta and we can pick it up in a few days. Since we were going into Manta the next day anyway, we decided to wait and get it there-same day service. We had gotten this document months ago in Guayaquil after waiting all morning to have our number come up. It is only good for a month before you go for your residency, so it had to be updated. Anyway, we lived in a new place now.
We left and got a taxi to El Paseo shopping center, where we did our shopping. We got an ice cream and watched Leo’s volleyball team begin to play the quarter finals for the regional championship on the computer in the food court where they have wifi until Olayita and Colon came to pick us up and take us home. on the way home we stopped for dinner. I wanted to eat in the Mexican Restaurant, Che Cactus. Everyone was game! We had the tostitos I like for an appetizer for the four of us. Leo ate a pork steak, Olayita ate a burrito, Colon ate chicken dish, and I had BBQ pork. It was so good. I love that place!
The next day, we left at 7:15, because we had two offices to visit in Manta. The bus we catch from home takes us into Crucita where we catch another bus to Manta. While we were waiting for the 8:15 bus we sat and talked with Ramon again. We rode the bus to the terminal in Manta and then got a taxi to the Migratori Movimiento office. We were immediately shown to a room to start the process. Wow, that was fast service not like the cattle lines in Guayaquil! We spent about 20 minutes there. We gave them our old migratori movimiento document, copies of our passports, (no electric bill or lease to show) the guy filled out something, we signed, paid $5.00 each and we were off. We grabbed a cab and headed for Ministerio Relaciones building. We went into the room where it looked as if you might have a slight wait, since a few people were sitting there waiting. We took a number. We know that Room 3 processes our stuff, because we had been there before. There was a couple in there. The were finished in 15 minutes, so as they left our number came up and we went to Room 3. A young girl processed our papers, including the one we just got back from the CT Ecuadorian Consulate (you know the ones they filled out wrong the first time) by DHL. Papers needed were: Police Reports on each of us, Economic Support (Support papers stamped by your local Ecuadorian Consulate before you leave and I do not know how you guard against the consulate doing it wrong), Marriage Certificate, (the previous papers were certified and apostilled by the state that issued them and all of those were translated into Spanish certified and apostilled) and Migratori Movimiento Papers for both of us.We paid $30.00 each after Leo had to go to the ATM close by. (He thought we didn’t have to pay anything is time). They took our pictures and said in about 6 weeks they will contact us by email to come back. On our next trip we will have to pay $320.00. We did not use a lawyer which can cost a lot of money. Just get your paper work done. We wanted a Retirement Residency Visa. Before we came we had the 180 day visa all set by the Ecuadorian Consulate in our state. To me it was easier and it gave us more time to take care of the paperwork. We are still almost at our 180 days, so we needed every bit of that time. another thing to point out is do not get your paperwork done too far ahead of time. The paperwork only lasts 180 days and the thought of trying to get all that stuff notarized and certified from here, plus mailing time, would be a nightmare. Just another note: you will need 3 certified, apostilled, and translated into Spanish certified and apostilled marriage certificates: one for 180 day visa, one for residency, and one for cedula. If any one is reading this before moving here, and you have questions, feel free to ask in the comment section. It is very confusing. I had to make a spreadsheet for each of the three processes. Also, note that this is written Nov. 22, 2014 and things change, so get the up-to-date requirements from the official Ecuadorian website at:
After all that, we went across the highway, crossing 3 lanes of traffic, to take pictures at the Manta sign. Late we saw the pedestrian crossover and walked back and took some more pictures in a park and over the highway. Then we went back to Plastic Lopez by cab to pick up some more Christmas light. Then we ate in a comedor at the bus station just in front of the Crucita bus and the food was marginal at best. The soup was good, but the fish was so,so. Who eats in a grungy bus station besides us? We go local all the way! The Crucita bus was there quite a while before leaving, so we were able to get on it. It was a new bus with bigger seats for those of us with big seats of our own. Usually Leo is half sitting on me. We slept on the ride home. When we got to Crucita we went to the place that makes chiflies, fried plantains sliced thin like chips. Sorry I discovered those. The chiflie place is near the bus station.
When we got home, workmen were at the house we are renting painting the beach side patio structures. They were looking rather shabby, so the landlord said she’d have them painted. I am not sure how long it will last as the prep work was non-existent. Not my problem. I am not sure I would ever buy a house by the ocean, because it does a job on everything, so the up-keep is difficult and on going and it is difficult to know if the people you hire will really do it correctly.