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riding buses and whatnot, Riobamba, Ecuador travel blog

riding buses and whatnot

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... between American bus stations and Ecuadorian bus stations: in the US you buy your ticket and wait for the boarding time; in Ecuador, you walk along the area where all of the buses are parked with their destinations displayed in the window, all the while ...

Another trip into town. Includes iguanas..., Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Another trip into town. Includes iguanas...

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... that way before. On the way to the park I came across a plaza containing Guayaquil's first public monument, a statue of Ecuador's first native president. At one side is Iglesia San Francisco, originally built in the early 18th century but then destroyed ...

Seduced by the Ecuadorian coast..., Olón, Ecuador travel blog

Seduced by the Ecuadorian coast...

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I've felt it before, I felt it today and I'm sure I will feel it again before I leave Ecuador in July. I'm talking about the irresistibly seductive call of the coast. I can totally see why people come here and never leave; the sunshine, the casualness of ...

Back home very soon, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Back home very soon

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Retrospectively written on 20th January.   The first leg of my flight home for Christmas began in the evening - a night flight to Amsterdam. I took special care packing because some of the Christmas presents I had for people were quite ...

South over the Andes, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

South over the Andes

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...  confirmed what we had heard - it really is a beautiful colonial city.  Clean, organized, booming, as is most of Ecuador,  and really very walkable.  But cold.  The nights are quite chilly - we are in the Andes, and even more ...

Boobies, Floreana, Ecuador travel blog

Boobies

A travel blog entry by nadinehanlon

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Imagine sitting on a boat and trying not to laugh like an adolescent teenager when every 5 minutes someone points a finger and shouts "boobies"!   After leaving San Cristobel we took a fishing boat for the 3 hour journey to our next island, ...

Return to Guayaquil, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Return to Guayaquil

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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I set off for the bus station at the crack of dawn... OK maybe not the true crack of dawn, but it was pretty early; 7am. The school day clearly starts early in Cuenca, for when I went past a school, children and parents were already streaming through the ...

Pizza and sleep in Montañita, Montañita, Ecuador travel blog

Pizza and sleep in Montañita

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Where I left off, I was talking about the people we shared the minibus from Santa Elena with.  The way the interior was set out, there were four rows of three seats, split into two sets of two rows facing each other. There was also a seat to one ...

The line of the Equator: Quitsato Sundial, Quitsato Sundial, Ecuador travel blog

The line of the Equator: Quitsato Sundial

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The bus journey from Otavalo to Cayambe took just over an hour and cost only 75 cents. At Cayambe we took a taxi three kilometres down the road to Quitsato Sundial, where I had been before in April. We received the same interesting talk as I had done ...

Surfer time!, Montanita, Ecuador travel blog

Surfer time!

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... ….stay tuned – the plan is not coming together and we are starting to get short on real cash.  Here in Ecuador, like Panama, they use the American dollar as currency – seems very weird to me to pay in greenbacks.  Also here in ...

Municipal Museum, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Municipal Museum

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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I'm actually writing this on 7th December. I've got loads to catch up on but don't want to make the entry too long, so I'll just write about what I did on 23rd November in this entry and then do a separate one for everything else. So, Saturday 23rd ...

Beware of the kind strangers!, Quito, Ecuador travel blog

Beware of the kind strangers!

A travel blog entry by nadinehanlon

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...  update to say thankyou to everyone for my birthday wishes and to let you know that I have arrived safe and sound in Ecuador, and with plenty of time to go and celebrate my birthday with an afternoon relaxing in the sunshine in a park followed by ...

I've moved flats!, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

I've moved flats!

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Today I moved into a new flat! I'm now living in Urdesa Central, with two of my colleagues. The contract at my old place ran out today.  It's fair to say that the whole flat is a bit shabbier than my last one, plus although there is air conditioning ...

Mum is here!, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Mum is here!

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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I could hardly wait until the evening, when Mum was due to arrive! Somehow I got through the day until finally it was time for me to go to the airport to go to the hotel with her. However, this stage did not go quite as planned due to the monsoon rain ...

Beautiful Beautiful Quito, Quito, Ecuador travel blog

Beautiful Beautiful Quito

A travel blog entry by aborder

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... beautiful, every turn you take, you see another amazing piece of architecture or a building of historical significance. I´m so glad I squeezed Ecuador into my trip. To the south of the Old Town is a small hill called El Panecillo and is topped by a ...

I will fully update this blog as soon as I can!, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

I will fully update this blog as soon as I can!

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... and do other posts to fill in the gaps between my arrival back in Guayaquil in January and now. My birthday in January, Mum's Ecuador visit in February, my Carnival jaunts in March, Emma & Mark and Kate & Andrew's Ecuador visit this month, other ...

Back from the Galápagos. Cuenca tomorrow!, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Back from the Galápagos. Cuenca tomorrow!

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A very early start for us this morning. A taxi arrived at 5.45 to take us, Bud and Gale to the port, where after having our bags rather cursorily checked, a water taxi dropped us off at the speedboat. The journey this time was better because the boat was ...

Quick stop, Latacunga, Ecuador travel blog

Quick stop

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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We headed south from Quito to the town of Latacunga. Our plan was to do some of the Quilatoa Loop which is a 200km loop from here through the surrounding countryside walking, bus-ing or hitching between the small villages. The town itself didn't seem up ...

Ah Bartoleme!, Seymour, Ecuador travel blog

Ah Bartoleme!

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Day 2 started really really early – a 6 am hike to see wildlife. Yup – 6 am, before breakfast for a hike around North Seymour Island.  We had sailed through the night and were in Seymour when we woke up,  and after a fair bit ...

Whales, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds and more, Isla de la Plata, Ecuador travel blog

Whales, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds and more

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Day trip to Isla de la Plata, but before we arrived there we did some humpback whale watching! Apologies if the word seems like a bit of a cliché, but they are so majestic. We loved the way they rise right out of the water before plunging down again. We ...

Puerto Lopez: sun, sea, sand and wonderful seafood, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador travel blog

Puerto Lopez: sun, sea, sand and wonderful seafood

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... the credit for the idea of coming here, because I had planned for a while to go whale-watching here on my last weekend in Ecuador (July and August are the best times of the year to go whale-watching) and made the suggestion to the others that they might ...

The start of my Galapagos dream!, San Cristobal, Ecuador travel blog

The start of my Galapagos dream!

A travel blog entry by nadinehanlon

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... my camera!! For anyone that doesn't know, the Galapagos is a group of islands approximately 1000km off the coast of Ecuador that have been formed (and new islands still being formed ) by underwater volcanic eruptions. At present there are somthing like ...

Cuenca is rather boring on the weekend, Cuenca, Ecuador travel blog

Cuenca is rather boring on the weekend

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... so small, yet is Ecuador´s most important Inca ruin shows how short a time and how small a space the Incas occupied in Ecuador before infighting (between two half-brothers, one in Quito, one in Cuzco) and Spanish invaders toppled the empire. Anyway, ...

Will return and update the previous 3 weeks soon!, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Will return and update the previous 3 weeks soon!

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For the next two weeks I will be travelling around Ecuador, so once I finish doing that, have spent a few days in Madrid and have arrived back in the UK on 4th August, I will come back and do some update posts about various things I've done in the past ...

Off to Quito - so excited!, Quito, Ecuador travel blog

Off to Quito - so excited!

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We didn't do much this morning because of all the walking around Guayaquil we did yesterday. Instead of going out, we took full advantage of the breakfast buffet and the hotel pool. The breakfast was great and the pool was amazing - the courtyard it is ...

Last full day in Quito, Quito, Ecuador travel blog

Last full day in Quito

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... really wanted to get myself one of their t-shirts - I had intended to get one at Guayaquil Airport on my departure date from Ecuador, but then I thought it might be cheaper to get one from a place outside the airport instead. As it happened the prices ...

Santa Cruz Island (Indefatigable), Puerto Ayora, Ecuador travel blog

Santa Cruz Island (Indefatigable)

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Breakfast and then off to Guayaquil Airport. We had to get our bags checked and tagged at the Galápagos Biosecurity Control Inspection & Quarantine desk first and then move to another desk next door to pay $10 each for our Tourist Control ...

Goodbye Old Friends - Hello New friends, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador travel blog

Goodbye Old Friends - Hello New friends

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... and her sister Collette  from Montreal, Ashley from New York City and her best friend Crystal, who now lives in Ecuador on a Peace Core assignment, and Roger, an American from Arizona or somewhere else???/Columbia???? Dirk, Ashley, Crystal, ...

More seafood, beach time, sun and cocktails, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador travel blog

More seafood, beach time, sun and cocktails

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Yesterday afternoon, after returning to Puerto Lopez from Isla de la Plata and changing clothes, we went back to the same restaurant where we'd had lunch the day before. This time, as I had promised myself, I had the fish with peanut sauce, which was ...

Easter Saturday - Quitsato Sundial, at the Equator, Quitsato Sundial, Ecuador travel blog

Easter Saturday - Quitsato Sundial, at the Equator

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... service was so incredibly slow,  despite the fact that there was only one other group of customers there. I've been in Ecuador for nearly a year now and have never experienced service that slow before. My rice pudding was lovely but the portion was ...

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