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South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López December 19th 2006

We have had many strange and wonderful insites into Ecuadorian life, these are a few of the more bizarre ones whch we´ve chuckled at. 1. Ecuadorian Dogs and Gringos Ecuadorian dogs seem to be street hobo´s they generally travel in flea bitten packs looking the worse for wear slightly mad look in their eyes. They will become a gringos best friend instantly. Keri and i attract lost looking dogs, we then generally adopt them by calling them Buster the third, Rufus the 2nd they also recognise flea bag, which they respond effectionately to. When giving these dogs a piece of time love and attention. In return they show us around their neighbourhood. Most our friendly, Keri has only been attacked at one time where the rabied dog started grabbling with her skirt. Most seem to be ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López December 18th 2006

We survived the 11 hour bump and grinds of the bus journey...to finally get to our destination..Puerto Lopez.. a kind of wild west vision of a place, dirt track roads, people chewing straw on hammocks, pigs and cockerals wandering onto the beach....theres even vultures on the beach - they stomp down the beach in this kind of very human way, tromp, tromp, their eyes masked by what looks like a death mask but really is just folds of skin..its all very atmospheric and we love it!!!!! We felt like being still for a bit and the whole atmosphere around here is conducive to this. We are staying at the north end of the beach in a crazy but beautiful hostel owned by a swiss women and a crazy, eccentric Italian who reinforces the stereotype of an ... read more
chillin.....
sunset
Birds versus fishermen

South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López October 11th 2006

Boobies, etc. This past weekend was a long one in Ecuador, also… not for Columbus, but for Guayaquil’s independence day (Monday). A new friend from Spanish school, Roxane, and I took a 10-hour bus ride southwest to Manabi province on the coast. It was great to see a sizeable part of the country outside of the windows… although unfortunately, the pictures I tried to take from the bus are crappy. The scenery really is striking, mountains everywhere and in some places, covered by clouds. Outside of the cities, it truly felt like the middle of nowhere, with some places designated by kilometer markers on the road rather than by town names. Many of the people are really poor. With the elections coming up, it seemed that not a house or telephone pole didn’t have at ... read more
political propaganda
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Puerto Lopez

South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López October 8th 2006

.. so after a couple of weeks of travelling in the mountains.. to PUERTO LOPEZ (a small fishing town on the Ecuador coast) .. for a month of volunteer teaching.. Puerto Lopez is a small dusty town (with few paved streets, hence it gets very muddy after any rain.. and so do shoes and clothes!). The way people talk about PL here you'd think it was a metropolis, but I guess it is the biggest place along this coast! Apparently about 5000 people live here, but there's no ATM, few cars, not much of anything really, so very quiet! .. It's set in a pretty bay and there's a long beach (which I managed to run the length of once!, and walk along a few times), with fishing boats, a small row of restauants, hostels, tour ... read more
Street scene (complete with dogs!) in Puerto Lopez
Early morning in Puerto Lopez.. the fish being brought in
Early morning in Puerto Lopez

South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López October 4th 2006

The Spanish word for love is Amor. Since my truck is a Chevy Luv I named him Amorcito or Morci for short. I was glad to have people with me when I finally drove out of Guayaquil. Eddie's cousin Rosita drove ahead to lead the way out of the city to the coast road, and I travelled with two riders I had met at the hostal; a Norwegian nurse and her Ecuadorian boyfriend. We all shrieked with joy as the ocean came into view, stopping for a fish ceviche on the beach! It's hard to believe I've been on the coast for less than four weeks - SO much has happened! Almost every night I've been lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, and I've awakened to the same ... read more
nature meets political advertising
Whale Watching
Flag Ceremony at Beatriz´s school

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South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López September 26th 2006

We're on holidays! Free from school for 15 days, we decided to search for some sol y mar on the edge of Ecuador. Another all-day bus nightmare (had pleasantly forgotten about those the last few months) including a frantic search of the Guayauqil bus terminal (they bark at you like cattle from their little desks), and we found ourselves in lovely little Montañita, source of many a hippie bracelet stall and cheap cocktail. Reminded me of Thailand with its numerous budget lodgings, colourfully adorned bars playing reggae, and assortment of ragged travellers such as ourselves, looking for the beach bliss of a party town. Really all we did in Montañita was eat a lot, drink a bit, and hire one of those 4-wheel motorcycle things that I always look at with disdain when they zip noisily ... read more
Poor man's Galapagos
Masked Boobies
Isla de la Plata

South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López August 25th 2006

I SAW WHALES! Lots of them and up close and personal too. Humpback whales are migrating (to where?) and pass by these shores at this time of year. We went on a whale-watching trip at the coast last Friday and were lucky enough to find a large group of whales only about half an hour from the shore. There were 4 adults and 2 babies in the group and they stayed near the boat for about an hour just splashing around and showing off really. We could have stayed there watching them all day, it was brilliant. I could also have spent all day trying to get a decent photo as the buggers just wouldn't keep still but I did eventually manage a few tails and fins. These are the edited edited highlights; I think we ... read more
Blue-Footed Boobies
At The Equator
If only I could work out how to zoom and crop photos this one would actually be pretty good!

South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López August 21st 2006

On Saturday we went on a boat trip to the Isla de la Plato (Island of silver) so called cos people thought it looked like silver when the light from the moon and sun reflected off all the bird poo on the island! It was also cos they found silver there. On the island we saw blue footed boobies (they have blue feet cos of the fish they eat), an albatros and some other birds that I forget the name of the avid bird watcher that I am! It was amazing how close you could get to them. They have no predators so have no fear. After the island we went snorkelling just off the island. It was a bit rubbish tho it was really clear water but all the fish were really small. On the ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López August 20th 2006

This weekend we went to Puerto Lopez. On the Friday we went out on a boat whale watching. It was absolutely amazing. The whales were so close to us. At most they were 30m away and at one point one swam right next to our boat. I got a few pics but non of them show how close or how well we saw them. You could even see the barnacles on them. There was a whole family mum, dad and 2 children. I´m not sure how lucky we were to see them that close cos we went out on Saturday and only saw them really far away. Apparently the children whales are really curious about boats which is probably why we saw them so well and for so long.... read more
Whale 2

South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López August 10th 2006

It's been a while since I blogged as I've been travelling long instances at weekends and haven't had time to write. I'm going to try to summarize the last couple of weeks in ten key points. 1. Two weekends ago: Went to Cotopaxi National Park, saw the highland laguna at the foot of Cotopaxi. didn't go to the Refuge 'cos it was snowing too hard. BRRRR! 2. Staying in brilliant hostal with a few other volunteers (Cuello de Luna), had our own fireplace in our room, en-suite and burned eucalyptus wood all evening - what an amazing smell! Best food I've eaten in Ecuador. 3. On Sunday morning hiked around near the hostal and climbed onto a ridge to see the clouds move across Cotopaxi's summit. 4. Good week at the reserve - decided to use ... read more
A Cold Katie at Cotopaxi Carpark
Path to Cotopaxi Refugio
Sunday Morning View of Cotopaxi




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