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South America » Ecuador » West » Canoa March 2nd 2014

To give you some background on the journal below we were volunteering at a ranch in Ecuador in exchange for a free place to stay. We were only required to work 2 hours per day. The ranch had recently been purchased by an English couple who needed people to look after the place until they were able to return from England. I absolutely loved my time at the ranch! March 30th, 2013 This morning we had a lovely breakfast of fried potatoes with onions, peppers and scrambled eggs, it was delicious. After breakfast we all agreed to forgo our 2 hours of work today and go to the beach in Canoa. We walked down the very muddy road to the paved road where we found a local woman waiting. She informed us that the bus had ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Canoa March 1st 2014

Ecuador ist das zweitkleinste Land des Kontinents, doch die Diversität hier ist unglaublich. Im Westen des Landes, an der Pazifikküste treffen sich die Fischer und Surfer an den traumhaften Stränden, in der Mitte sind die Anden mit aktiven Vulkanen über 6000 M.ü.M. und im Osten die gewaltigen Regenwälder mit Flüssen, die in den Amazonas münden. Genau so unterschiedlich wie die Landschaft ist auch die Bevölkerung, die in den jeweiligen Regionen leben. An der Küste geht alles ein bisschen länger und ohne Stress, die Hitze drückt und man liegt lieber in der Hängematte als sich ums Geschäft zu kümmern. Die "Serranos" (Bevölkerung aus den Bergen) sind dagegen konservativer und geschäftiger. 25 % der Bevölkerung sind "Indios" und leben ihre Kultur auch weiterhin, während es vor allem in Quito schon ganz westlich zu und her gehen kann. ... read more
Juampis Rockkonzert
Schweizer Spassgesellschaft :-)

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil January 9th 2014

January 6,7,8 - 2014 Travel day from Isla Isabela by speed boat and the usual taxis, transfers etc to the Baltra Island airport through Puerto Ayora and on to Guayaquil. In hindsight, had we known, a better option would have been to take a small plane directly from Isla Isabel to Baltra. ( no need to revisit Puerta Ayora and a shorter travel day with fewer transfers and no 2 hour speed boat ride ) Arrived safe and sound in Guayaquil for nice dinner and a little rest. We can recommend a great restaurant – The Coracol Azul. Great place a short walk from the Oro Verde Hotel we stayed at. Great Hotel. First Class ! Tuesday we spent in Guayaquil. Took a long walk to the river and the “ Malecon” that follows the riverside. ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Canoa December 16th 2013

After 7 weeks of Spanish classes completed I was ready to explore a bit more of the Ecuadorian coast. I was fortunate enough to meet a lovely girl called Tatiana from Guayaquil the day I arrived to Montañita and over the past month and a bit we have stayed in contact and met up a few times too. It worked out quite well because she was working all of November but had December free as she is changing jobs but in the new year, she fancied some time on the beach and I was ready to finish Spanish classes so we decided to see some different places together. The first place we went to was Salinas in the south, Taty had been there before so that helped with finding a hostel etc.. we arranged to meet ... read more
Jetski time
Libertador Bolivar
Sea views

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita December 15th 2013

So after returning back to Montañita from my weekend in Quito tired was not the word! I had taken the last flight back to Guayaquil and stayed the night in a hotel but got up at 4am to catch the 5am bus with the intention of going to my Spanish lesson as soon as I arrived....not a chance! I got back and could barely open my eyes so skipped class and went to bed for a few hours. Once I woke up I went to get some food when I bumped into Cam in the street near the hostel so said hello and went for some lunch together to catch up on the past few weeks. I had met Cam in Canada back in October and when I said I was heading to Ecuador to learn ... read more
View from Spanish School
Loki Hostel - Mancora
Cam, Merel and Dave


South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita December 2nd 2013

So I am now back in Ecuador 15 months after my last visit. It took a while to arrive from Vancouver as I had to fly via Seattle and Miami which included a 14hr wait in Miami airport but I eventually arrived and I was pleased to see a familiar face of Veronica waiting for me who was my tour guide in the Galapagos last year, she kindly agreed to pick me up from the airport even though I landed late and at 1 in the morning. I stayed the night in a hotel before catching the bus to Montañita the next day. I arrived in Montañita and everything seemed familiar even though I had only spent a long weekend there previously. The only thing that was different apart from a lot more hostels and restaurants ... read more
Montañita Spanish School
Las Cabañas
La Playa

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil November 5th 2013

Today we had the hostel staff call for a van to take us, our two pets and 13 bags to Cuenca. The first van that arrived might have been able to get 6 bags in it. I told them to not even try. About 30 minutes later they sent a much larger van, and we got everything in it except for the two animal crates, which we had to tie to the roof of the van. I did not like this idea as it made us targets. When we stopped for gas before hitting the major road we saw that the crates on the roof were not going to last for long, so we wound up re-arranging everything inside and made room for them. When we were traveling up into the Cajas Mountains I was really ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil November 4th 2013

Here are some pictures of the hostal we stayed at. We even had a jacuzzi in our bathroom. It is located up in the hills above the town, and about a 20 minute taxi ride down to the center of town. We stayed here for three days and just vegetated. We only went down to Guayaquil for a few hours, just to say we did. It is the largest city in Ecuador and it looked it. Large, noisy, dirty, crowded. We spent a while at the Iguana Park. It is loaded with iguanas of all sizes that are free to roam all around. They even sleep up in the trees. After we left there we went over to river that runs up from the coast. The water was very brown. I would not want to swim ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil November 4th 2013

Sorry, I forgot to list the pictures of the hostel. Here they are.... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil October 23rd 2013

Our stay in Guayaquil certainly had less than a perfect start. We had booked our accomodation via AirBnB as usual, and everything seemed smooth up to the point when our host came to open the door seeming confused at our arrival. Lacking a common language (despite our preceding Spanish studies), we weren't at first sure what the issue was, but pretty soon it turned out that our booking on AirBnB was for one week later. The night before I had sent the hosts a message saying we will arrive at 1pm, and they answered they would be waiting for us then, and I even got a booking reminder message from AirBnB that night, so I certainly didn't suspect we were about to arrive one week too early. Quite embarrasing. But, no problem, their room happened to ... read more
one of the many iguanas
representative of an unknown species among all the iguanas
view to the Las Peñas hill

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