Not anymore...I made it back!
btron made a pretty good summation of events...essentially I only made it back through the efforts of some random Aussies in Ecuador, and a lot of luck.
Had to fly from Ecuador to Miami, then the next day to San Francisco, which got cancelled and subsequently changed to Chicago and then San Fran, and then Sydney. So total travel time of about 2 days, most of which was through the epicentre of the virus right now. But I don't seem to have got it yet.
Was a tough decision whether to leave or not, but I figured if I didn't go now I might not get the chance for a long time. The airlines said they were ceasing operations at the end of the month...and there was no way to get to Santiago cos all the borders were closed, so I had to take the above option. I only got out of Ecuador on a 'humanitarian' flight ($900 for a 4 hour flight!)
I never expected the government to put in any effort to get us out of Ecuador, but I expected them to at least pretend to help. It's kinda **** being in a place where all the Americans, English, Canadians...hell, Mexicans and Argentinians are all getting offers from their govt to bring them home, and we don't even get replies to our emails. And then you watch a clip from the news back home and Marise Payne is claiming credit for getting the people from Peru back home! Literally all the government did was grant the permit for the charter flight, everything else was organised by the people themselves.
Like I said, I was always realistic about Ecuador not being high up on the list, but for example there are at least 400 (probably many more) stuck in India right now, which is about as bad a place as you can get to be stuck in at a time like this. They are seeing England, for example, commit to getting a charter flight to get their citizens out, but still nothing from our government.
Anyway, I'm in quarantine at the Novotel right now! Very surreal. Got off the plane, after the health checks etc escorted on a bus to a mystery location, then to hotel, then dumped in my room, told I can't leave or even open the window! Escorted by ADF personnel the whole time. Get three mystery meals delivered to me every day, of varying quality.
It's fine for me and I support the quarantine...in fact I thought they should've been doing it weeks ago. But the complete lack of help from the Govt to ppl overseas is so disheartening. Yeah, there are some dickheads out there who left two weeks ago, but most of the ppl overseas were there long before any of this started. Obviously the govt can't get everyone home, but having lived the experience, I know that they're not even trying.
One of the reasons I got out is you don't want to be in a country like Ecuador if **** really hits the fan. There are thousands of Aussies stranded in similar places and it's only going to get worse if they can't get out. At least I had an apartment and spoke the language, and even a job (albeit one which stopped paying me my full salary). If you're stuck in a hostel somewhere out there it's gonna get ugly fast.
Anyway, good to be back!