I checked at the tienda at the corner of Carranza
and Aguacate the day before. I was given the scoop by the ticket seller who sits outside the tienda selling tickets for, mainly, the line called Autocamiones del Pacifico.
She told me that the Futura will sometimes stop there
and pick up passengers, if it's not full. You need to ask then if they will drop you off at the La Manzanilla crucero.(entrance to La Manzanilla) You can't buy a
Futura ticket there - it's an unofficial stop. and you have to watch carefully and get the driver's attention when they are approaching.
You also can't buy a Futura ticket at the Primera Plus
office kiddy corner (and down Carranza a little) ... it's a different line.
You can buy a ticket at the main Camionera past the airport, BUT that would not guarantee that you could get off at our crucero - and it's a 200 peso taxi ride to get there from the Old Town.
What I gathered (and this was a great Spanish lesson) is that when the Futura bus picks up passengers along the way, and drops them off at unofficial stops, the driver can pocket the money you pay them. You don't get issued a ticket, so there is no paper trail.
There is an new Kiosko opposite the tienda where my new friend sells tickets for the Autocamiones. You could wait in front of it to spot the Futura.
I would only do this (Futura) again if I had carry-on luggage. Otherwise, I would take a second class bus (either Coordinados or Autocamiones) next time, so I could buy a ticket and be assured of everything. However, I enjoyed this adventure - got great help from the ticket seller and 2 of her friends (I had 4 pieces of luggage, and the driver was not going to wait patiently for me to load them up )
They showed great movies, and the seats are really comfortable.
So there you have it. (my interpretation of how it works - based on my imperfect Spanish) Please correct me if I got any of this wrong...and add what you know.
One last thing - if you are getting dropped off at the crucero it is good to have a functioning phone, and some taxi numbers, etc. Or you can wait there, looking forlorn, till someone picks you up - Thanks, Pedro!
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