We had a hard time finding secure storage in Ecuador for all our stuff while we go on our ’round the world trip. Frankly, we had a hard time finding storage period in Ecuador!
ECUADOR IS NOT A STORAGE CULTURE
It seems the culture here in Ecuador doesn’t really do storage. When I first put the word out to my Ecuadorian friends that I was looking for a great storage place, they looked at me rather quizzically. They didn’t have a name for it. In fact, some Ecuadorians asked me “Why would a person want storage?”
Ecuador is not a consumer culture like in the United States and other places in the world. Ecuadorians don’t do storage. Whatever they have, they use. They don’t store it somewhere else. Whatever food they buy is fresh. There is no Costco to go load up on supplies for the month. People in Ecuador go shopping at their local tienda store or the farmers market each week for what they need.
EXPAT FORUMS WEREN’T MUCH HELP EITHER
Next I went to the Expat Forums of various kinds. Nothing.
In fact on one person went so far as to wryly suggest, “Storage? It’s called an apartment.”
Well, we didn’t want to rent an apartment just to store our precious belongings and leave all of that stuff unattended.
DON’T LEAVE YOUR STUFF IN ECUADOR UNATTENDED!
When people leave anything unattended here in Ecuador for a long period of time, a house, car, or anything else, the risk of it being stolen or vandalized is very real. One couple I know left their home for a few months while they went back to the States.
They did not hire a guard or ask their neighbors to keep an eye on the house while they were gone.
This couple came back and found their home totally and completely stripped – right down to even the wires and windows torn out from the walls, the doors, toilets and the fixtures all gone.
ENTER: CITYBOX ECUADOR!!!!
Finally, I found CITYBOX in the port city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. It was just what we were looking for!
BUILDING and ACCESS
CITYBOX is a five story high building with one hundred units per floor. It is spotlessly clean. There is a full time armed guard and 24 hour video surveillance. It has a high outer wall and as a client you cannot even get through the locked outer door without showing your ID and having it confirmed with the guard in their files.
There is a huge area for a car or truck to enter with easy access. It’s large enough for a truck transporting a 20 or 40 foot container. The driver can open the back and unload on to a loading dock. There are multiple large transport carts with wheels for you to use to move your stuff into your storage unit.
CITYBOX has various size units at varying prices and each unit has a secure metal sliding door that can be locked at the bottom in two places. It has a huge elevator and we were able to get everything into our one unit except for our kayak.
CITYBOX is as secure as anything I have seen in the world and due to my wanderlust life, trust me I’ve seen more than my fair share of storage units.
PAYMENT EVERY MONTH
You pay by the month and if you have an Ecuadorian bank account, you can make a direct payment online each month.
ONLY NEED TEMPORARY STORAGE?
If you are coming to Ecuador and need to store your stuff for awhile while you are looking around for where you want to settle, CITYBOX is the place to store your stuff temporarily. You can store a month at a time.
Also, the location is easy from the Guayaquil loading docks off the container ships. All you need to do is hire a truck to transport your container after your stuff has cleared Customs and Immigration.
NEED TO SHIP FROM CITYBOX? NO PROBLEM!
One other really cool thing about CITYBOX is that you can have your shipping company go to CITYBOX and load your stuff into a container and then have the truck transport your container directly to the Guayaquil port for shipping.
If you use the very reliable shipping company we used, you can have your stuff shipped from Ecuador to anywhere you want in the world. Contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on our great shipping company.
THANK GOD FOR CITYBOX!
We were so relieved to find CITYBOX in Ecuador! We can leave Ecuador now resting assured all our stuff will be here – SAFE and SECURE- when we return from our trip!
NEED A SHIPPING SERVICE TO ECUADOR?
Let me know if you want a lead on a company that can handle your shipping. We used a great company and I can introduce you directly to them. Contact me at email@example.com with the Subject line: Need Shipping To Ecuador.
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WORDS TO THRIVE BY FOR WORLD TRAVELERS: FOOTPRINTS IN ECUADOR by Mary Anne Dorward