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South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil November 29th 2005

I had never heard of Guayaquil before I planned my trip to Ecuador. Apparently, its the country's biggest city and known for nothing but poverty and violent crime. I thought I’d check it out. First, I must thank my lovely hostess, Abby Ames, who allowed me to tag along with her for five days. Abby works at some school for the filthy rich in Guayaquil, and it just so happened that my arrival coincided with the school’s Thanksgiving Day feast. I put on my nicest/cleanest clothes (and no, I didn’t wear the shirt that says “I dropped my beer and I can’t pick it up”) and accompanied Abby to the party. I can’t say it was all that great; they ran out of food before I could get seconds. I think I even saw little kids ... read more
Guayaquil at Its Finest
Downtown Guayaquil
Thanksgiving Feast

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita November 28th 2005

So, I made it!! Everything went like clockwork until I hit Ecuador. Turns out that we had a slight mix up with arrival times. Not to worry though I spent the night in the airport....where knew it was safe and early the next morning I made friends with a guy....rather flamboyant I mught add but he was increddibly helpful. He was awaiting for a friend to arrive but once he visited with his friend he and his brother (who drives a private luxury taxi) got me to the bus station and on the right bus. So, now i have a place to stay in the city and a private car at my disposal! Once i got to Montinata I hiked down the baeach (1KM) with my packs(which are way too full)....and by the way cheryl I ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil October 7th 2005

The GALAPAGOS ISLANDS; I didn't know much about them except blue footed boobies and huge turtles lived there and just what I saw from the movie 'MASTER & COMMANDER'. The wildlife alone made me want to visit here. From reading brochures & researching it on the internet, we had no idea what to expect. When we booked this with GENERAL TOURS, it said you walked on lava rocks & always had to be with a guide on the islands. There was a checklist of many things to bring including enough shirts to change a couple times a day, walking shoes and rubber-soled shoes or thongs. We were excited but at the same time nervous. There were 3 of us going; my friend Bernie, (who went to Nashville with me) her friend Brenda & me. Our itinerary ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita September 19th 2005

#4- The Southern Coast of Ecuador- Friday, September 16, 2005 On from Quito to the large, busy coastal city of Guayaquil to the famous surf beach of Montañita; from there moving onto the quiet fishing village of Puerto Lopez before returning to Guayaquil and escaping the coast to the colonial beauty of Cuenca. After spending about 10 days in the Galapagos, I returned to Quito accompanied by an itch to return to the coast. The ocean was calling me, and my pasty, white skin needed sun after the unsuccessful search for sun on the Galapagos. I spent a couple of days in Quito gathering up the gear I left behind and a small farewell party with Andrew and Larse (fellow passengers on the Guantanamera). Our party started at Larse’s place, and we conversed with his roommate ... read more
Montañita Beach
Relaxing in the parks of Guayaquil

South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López August 17th 2005

hey there, it´s Rich We departed the marvelous town of tena, after our marvellous kayak experiance, and trolled merrily off to the town of Puerto Lopez. This is described as a ´beautiful fish hoók bay´ where you can watch fshing boats and generally chill. This it sort of was, but the guide book made no mention of the open drains running down the dirt roads, or the twenty strong packs of ferel dogs roaming the streets and barking all nght. After being kept awake by the sam dog for two hours by its incessant racket, I tried to silence it by means of large rocks expertly propelled at (or in fact near) its head. Forced to beat a hasty retreat by the sudden arival of all its biggest most rabid looking mates though, so it was ... read more
Magnificant Frigates

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil July 31st 2005

Can it be real? Is the trip actually over? Yup. It is amazing how something that is so absorbing as a multi-month trip, just ends so suddenly. We are back in Simi Valley, now. In a few days we head down to San Diego to look for an apartment. For those of you who do not know, Ryan is going back to school to get his Master´s in Geography at San Diego State University. That is the reason that this trip came to fruition. We had to quit our jobs at some point, might as well be in March instead of July. We actually had a Day 8 in the Galapagos. It just wasn´t exciting enough to warrant it´s own blog. We had another very early start (5:30 am) to catch the fast boat to San ... read more
Ana in Banos
Parque de las Iguanas
Guayaquil from Cerro Santa Ana

South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López July 27th 2005

After our trip to Banos we decided to head for the Ecuadorian coastal town of Puerto Lopez where off the coastline it is currently mating season for the humpacked whale. So with a spring in our step we set off on our first overnight coach journey in Ecuador. Now, although Ecuador is in most respects more upscale than Peru, this doesnt apply to the buses and arriving at the terminal we boarded our bus “Carlos Aray” to find the seats to be hard as iron and stuck in a rather uncomfortable recline positon. This was going to be a long 8 hours. The first couple of hours passed without incident as we wound our way up the Panamericana toward Quito. The trouble started as we turned of toward the coast and decended through the cloud forest ... read more
Beach geese at  P. Lopez
Isla de la Plata
Nice boobies

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita April 29th 2005

My new assignment t the Sanctuario was coming along swimmingingly through the first week until Monday night (4/19) when I decided to bike into town after dinner because I needed to make a call and the phone line at the Sanctuario was dead. I hadn't used the bicycle there before and, evidentky, the breaks hadn't been properly reattached when someone fixed the tire the day before. I started down the hill toward town and noticed the lack of working breaks in seconds....fell within a minute. I'm not sure if the breaks finally kicked in and that threw me off, or if I just hit a pothole or patch of gravel. I got up and realized something was very wrong with my arm, but figured I'd probably just dislocated my shoulder, which would be easy enough to ... read more
my hospital room
my unairconditioned room
New splint

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita April 16th 2005

I left Quito in a hurry on Tuesday night to beat a bus strike and get Mariana back to Quito by Friday. We had to leave a lot faster than I expected and I forgot a few things in the guitar, my aloe, my guidebook. I barely caught the night bus to Puerto Lopez, followed by a another bus to the Sanctuario Santa Maria Del Fiat, which is where I'll be living for the next two months. The Sanctuario sits on a cliff above the pacific ocean (in sight of Montañita) and provides a school, home or both for 800 children. The yougest they have now is 5 weeks old, and was found abondoned in the street on the day he was born. Because he's so young, finding him a home is easy (14 families ... read more
La Virgen
View from the Main Building
My Room

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil July 1st 1982

July 01, 1982 *City official name :Santiago de Guyaquil *Founded date :July 25, 1538 *Location :Guayas Province *Elavation :0 ft (0 m) *Area :Approximately 468.9 square miles (1214.4 km²). *Facts :The most populous city in Ecuador, as well as that nation's main sea port. Guayaquil is on the west margin of the Guayas River, which flows into the Gulf of Guayaquil in the Pacific Ocean. Its population is approximately 1,985,379. ... read more

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