Hola Ecuador... and directly 'Back to the 70ies'

Trip Start Nov 28, 2011
Trip End Apr 09, 2013

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Hostal Alebrije

Flag of Ecuador  , Guayas,
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

After we left Piura by bus, our next experience would be crossing borders with Ecuador. We read and heard many stories about border crossing to Ecuador so we are very alert during the first part of our trip. CIFA is an Ecuadorian bus company and we directly encountered cultural differences. Loud techno music in the bus with people who do not know how to use a seat gave us a strange feeling. Luckily for us, they left the bus at the border town and left us feeling much safer - and more comfortable.

Crossing the borders between Peru and Ecuador was easy. No problems so far with anything. We got our exit stamp from Peru and just before midnight, after some questions about why and what we want to visit the country, we received our entry stamp from Ecuador. Stamp might be a little overrated considered hat it is jut a boring computer print with an endless alphanumeric 'thing' in there. From here on, we are now on the way to Guayaquil, Ecuador's biggest city. As we do not like big cities that much, and don't expect there to be much, except for crime and pollution (hopefully we re wrong) we decided that we would arrange connecting tickets to the beach town Montanita - directly. We arrived at the bus terminal in Guayaquil (which is by the way enormous!!) around 4 and had the tickets to Montanita directly at 5. Yeahaaw!

Arriving in Montanita we are somewhat unprepared and still need a room. After a walk through the 'city' and checking some ho(s)tels and rooms we found a clean one in a modern building, in from of the beach and with own bathroom and hot shower. What a delight! So the next two nights it is Montanita.

Next thing was a good breakfast to which we treated ourselves and then we were off to the beach and exploring the rest of the 'mystical' Montanita. The reputation of this place is more or less 'sex, drugs and rock 'n roll', plus endless amount of 'nouveau hippies' that either make business here of just enjoying theses 3 words in one big party.

Well, the good part about Montanita is that there is plenty of sea and...waves! Gentle waves, perfect for us. So while we figured out where to go and to rent the boards we also discovered that within two days the place would be crowded and stuffed with tourists form Ecuador as there is a 'feriado' = public holiday. Not only that the beach is supposed to be packed, the prices are going up - might even double. The only place where it did not was the 'Balse Surf Camp' owned by lovely Julie and her husband. But as they are above world travellers budget we have to quickly forget about the beautiful site, lovely people and great surf instructors - and get on further... However, should you be there: check it out.

So although we found a great place for lunch (3 USD for soup, secundo & juice) and lovely people we decided to leave Montanita and travel the coast upwards along the 'Routa del Sol'. The others small villages are supposed to be much more quiet and have less tourists - most of the holiday makers will be looking forward to some party.

Our pick is: Las Tunas.
To get there you just have to take the green bus and hop off at the village, walking to the sea brings us directly to 'Cabanas Mirada al Mar' (Cabanas Look at the Sea - as the English sign says) and before we know have a room and a place to stay. Yeah!
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louisb on

hallo Maria en Jorgen, ben weer terug in NL. ik houd natuurlijk jullie blog nog meer ,maar vooral, veel gemakkelijker in de gaten. bedankt voor jullie reacties op mijn blog. Ik hoop nog veel van jullie avonturen te lezen. Reis op die manier een beetje met jullie mee.Heel veel plezier, gezondheid op jullie verdere reis. groeten vanuit Wenters, Louis.

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