Grand Victoria Boutique Hotel
Travel Blogs from Loja
... dinner dishes we retired to our tent, brushed our teeth, changed into sleeping clothes, and read with head lamps or played Candy Crush (Juliette). I was always first to fall asleep.
The three of us and our travel packs fit snuggly in the tent Kent provided. Antoine and Juliette laid their sleeping bags on the thick three inch foam mattress, while I had to contend with a flimsy cot mattress. There wasn’t much room to move around but ...
... was a 9.30am bus from Portovelo and a regular 50c minibus
shuttle to get there.
To get the 120km to Loja was forecast to take 4 hours though
closer to 4.5 – understood why once on the mainly single track undressed road
windy up and down numerous steep river valleys.
Just across the river from town there were a number of mine
workings tucked into small plots and people’s back gardens, one even under
their house – something to do in your ...
... real bagels for lunch at a small restaurant in the central plaza. We hadn't seen bagels at all on our travels and we were excited to eat them for the first time in months. We then walked back to our hostel and ate dinner. Afterwards we walked down to the bar and played pool and ping pong.
... to meet us in the restaurant for breakfast. Perfect way to begin the day. As we enjoyed our coffee, the kids came strolling in one after the other after a good long sleep-in. We are relaxing here in this beautiful spot until later today when we will head back to Loja to buy tickets at the bus terminal for our journey across the border from Loja to Peru that will begin at 7 am tomorrow morning. ...
... when Fintan sits on the porch drinking his evening wine on the hammock with him on his lap, swinging together like kindergarden pals. At times I can hear Fintan ask him "do you want cuddles?" and that makes me chuckle to myself.
Moving up here, sadly, had some effects on our other four-legged friends.
Luigi disappeared for a while. We were sad to have lost our white panther only to then realise the muppet had instead somehow found his way ...