Glad you came out of it reasonably ok.
I've spent quite a lot of time in Ecuador and as with many of the other countries in the area it's matter of luck/bad luck what situations you end up in. Some places are notorious for robberies and other kind of bad stuff. One potentially bad incident happened to me when I was there. Fortunately I was in company with a street wise Mexican girl and a very street wise Colombian and his girl friend.
We were about to leave from Latacunga for Cotopaxi. It was early in the morning, before sunrise and we were going to hitch to the national park. Two guys with big knives appeared from out of nowhere and told us to hand over our money. I was reaching for my ice axe.
To my surprise Puas, the kind, soft spoken Colombian stepped in front of me and laughed in the faces of the two robbers.
Aqui, cabron, aqui.
(here, asshole, here) he told them and made a sweeping gesture over his throat. The robbers got uncertain, looking into the face of a man which obviously wasn't sane. Puas continued to laugh, a very psychotic laugh I must say. The Mexican girl started to insult them asking them if they were going to stand there all day, or start to chop us up. Puas continued to laugh, took a step forward and told them to come to Buenaventura (his home town) to find out what the real deal was. The robbers lost their guts and run only to bombarded by insults about manhood from the Mexican girl.
The aftermath - Puas' girlfriend (a tidy American girl) was more chocked about Puas' behavior than of the robbers. She had never seen that side of him before. Later she asked me if he was a potentially dangerous company for her. What could I say
Definitely NOT the way to go for most people, but Puas later told me ate "hobby-robbers" like those for breakfast. He had lived through enough of those situations to evaluate when to the threat was real or not. That time he was right. [/i]