Hotel Las Penas
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After a nice included breakfast at the hostel we headed out
before the heat to walk to the lookout point at the old lighthouse. We walked
along the Malecon to the 444 steps (each one being numbered with a plaque)
which took you up to the lighthouse and had views along the river foreshore far
in either direction and right across the city. We then walked through the
heritage street area along the point at the bottom of ...
... then went for a lovely little lunch at a local restaurant where we all had an amazing plate of food and it only cost us $3 each !!! We then went to this local park on the otherside of the river call park historique, where we got to see loads of local wildlife, and areas which the had tried to recreate to look like the original environments of Ecuador ...
... br> After leaving La Taberna we walked down the Malecón to the Captain Morgan. We'd arrived half an hour early so some of us went looking for food...The only food I'd had that day so far was a couple of empanadas in the morning and a Negritos chocolate brownie in the afternoon, so I was starving.The only open place nearby was McDonald's, so we went there. It was only the second time I'd been to a McDonald's in Ecuador. I had a small fries and a 'Thick ...
After this we carried on another 100 meters or so to Las Peñas, looked at the colonial buildings there and climbed up the side of Cerro Santa Ana until we got to the top. Mum was dying for an icecream by then so I bought us an ice lolly each from an icecream seller with a coolbox who was sitting at the bottom of the last flight of steps. $1.25 for two. I had a chocolate one ...
... from Mancora to Banos in Ecuador and yesterday I'd found a travel agency that offered a 'direct' semi-cama bus from a nearby town called Tumbes to Banos. A minibus would drop us in Tumbes in time for our direct bus to Banos - what could go wrong! Well a lot actually. It's a long story so I won't go on about it but here's the general jist.
- Arrive at travel agency office very ...