I realized just how many things I skipped in my last post so I'm adding some additional transportation details in this post.
When we arrived in Guayaquil, it was around 5:30 AM but Budget Rental Cars does not open until 7:00 so we ordered some fresh orange juice and patiently waited until the workers arrived at around 7:20. They found our reservation with no problem and presented the bill to us. We handed over our American Express card and stood at the counter for about an hour while they tried to get the card authorized. The guy called everyone and their brother to try to figure out why the phone number he was calling did not work. I am pretty sure that he was just waiting for us to pull out a Visa or Master Card instead but we were content to wait until our AmEx got authorized. Finally, the authorization went through and we were able to drive away. The closed doors behind Scott are the rental car counters at the airport.
3 short beeps - The vehicle in front is saying that it is clear for you to pass them. This happened when you approached a vehicle driving slower than you and they had a better view of the road ahead. Seemed most common with the large trucks and buses.
2 short beeps - "Thank you for your courtesy in letting me pass." This is typically for after you pass someone who either gave you the three beeps or moved over as far right as they could in their lane for you to pass. (Remember that a lot of people pass in no passing zones and on blind curves so if the person being passed moves over as far as they can, it usually leaves enough room for the oncoming traffic also, assuming they also move to their right.)
1 short beep - As you are approaching a pedestrian, bike, or slow moving vehicle on the road, one short beep lets them know that you are about to drive past them.
Any long honk - Same as in the US (you just cut me off!).
It was also interesting to see quite a few cars and motorcycles driving around Puerto Lopez at night with no headlights. I mean both with their headlights turned off and ones that physically did not have headlights on the vehicle. I did not see any of that in Playas so it must be much more common in smaller cities.
There were a lot of people on bicycles but I did not take many pictures of them. Here is one in the market in Puerto Lopez: