After completing a nine day trip in Ecuador, I know I have only scratched the surface of what this country has to offer. From what I have experienced, here are a few thoughts… Driving in Ecuador can be challenging. It is the land of unmarked road splits, unannounced speed bumps, unfilled potholes, uncleared landslides, and unexplained road closures. The scenery makes up for the frustration; Ecuador is also a beautiful […]

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Ecuador, March 4, 2012: The Coast to Guayaquil The final day of our trip began with an outing to Salinas, a resort beach community about 20 minutes down the coast from La Libertad. Our time lounging was short-lived, however, as we had to get back for a lovely homemade lunch of shrimp ceviche, fried plantains and rice, prepared by Carlos’ family. Very tasty! Not only was his family very hospitable, […]

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Ecuador, March 3, 2012: The Coast The big plan for today was a boat trip to La Isla de la Plata, since we had missed out the day before due to construction on the island, or so we were told. Unfortunately, today we were doomed to a similar fate. Despite early hope we were forced to quickly accept the fact that we would not be visiting La Isla de la […]

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Ecuador, March 2, 2012: Puerto López and the Coast We chose Puerto López as a stop because it is a launching point for boat tours to La Isla de la Plata, an island off the coast billed as “the poor man’s Galápagos” in our guidebook and known for its wildlife and natural beauty. It was a site we’d factored into our itinerary when planning the trip, and we were up […]

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