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Trip Report

Crossing the Middle of the World. Hello Ecuador!

Feeling the adrenaline of entering a new country, more than that, half the world, arriving in Ecuador through Peru was a beautiful experience, warm people, generosity and good food.

by lara02001About Me:Traveler connected with the sea, wanting to know and explore the world, I love the beach, shells, venturing into diving and a lover of Snorkelling read more

Ecuador, United States, Netherlands83 days / July - August - September 2018

Highs & Lows

Make a Volcano excursion and the hammock at the end of the world.

Check the income and cost to the Galapagos Islands.

Itinerary Overview

I arrived in Ecuador on a Saturday afternoon, the climate was already different from Peru in many ways, being on the east side the sea was closer than I imagined. From the first city of Ecuador take a bus towards the coast, to Montañita, a place recognized and mentioned by many Argentines even where the combination of beach, bars, artisans and youth who live on holiday arrives, a bit quiet since The tourist season was low, I enjoyed a calm climate, it was also the cloud season so I did a volunteer service at a campsite called Tigrillo and they treated me super well, setting up the tent is also essential and the mosquitoes are not so invasive. We must always carry repellent. The climate is so diverse in Ecuador that my next destination was the city of Quito, there in the bus terminal, there are the MetroBus that connect with the entire city, the Foch area was incredible, a circuit with colonial buildings make this the famous pink zone, there I was in a very cozy hostel, it was called Cafecito and as its name says there was a cafeteria with local coffee and excellent quality cakes and desserts. Quito adopted me and it did not take long to get a job, since it helps the economy of Ecuador because it is dollars, Ishpingo a restaurant of typical Ecuadorian food was my school to learn about this culture and its meals, lunches were a classic in Ishpingo, Gonzalo the owner lived many years in Argentina where he trained as a chef, so we enjoyed sharing a delicious fernet with coca cola. The bars are very crowded, the Irish bar is a meeting point, the walks are great since reaching the Panecillo through the old town area and having a 360 view is a fact not to miss, try chocolate and the The bakery is excellent, the typical drinks have the famous cane that is high, electronic music cycles are also well organized, suddenly this is my favorite Nicola Cruz in a bar and an excellent jovial party atmosphere is generated. After this trip I decided to go to Colombia and the border that is Ipiales is about 2 hours from Quito by bus.

  • 60 Nights: Quito
    Backpacking trip, third country in South America.
  • 23 Nights: Ballenita
    Performing the spondylus route, exploring Pacific beaches.
  • Day trip: Guayaquil
    Guayaquil is always the middle point to go to the coast.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Guayaquil if I liked it, it seemed an eccentric city, bright with everything accessible, but the truth is a point that I preferred to leave behind, since we went twice and they robbed us.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Except for the robbery, everything was very good, you eat very well, the weather is pleasant to explore, it has a lot of colors and a very good vibe!

  • How was the food?

    In Malecon 2000 you can find many Mc Donald's bars. Hostels and Airbnb have the kitchen, so the recipes to prepare and get fresh food, considering that Guayaquil has a port is rewarding, on the street you can have lunch for less than 5 usd. fresh food, the onion with chifles that are fried green banana chips, they are my favorite, the shrimp encocado, it is delicious, the soups rich and energetic, a color fact, the coriander is very typical in the meals, in all of them. !

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Make reservations through the portals, be careful in the terminal area, and surroundings, walks with water, visit all possible buildings, in Guayaquil there are always street vendors that have fresh drinks, and also try a cane liquor called Guanchaca, drink in moderation as it is high in alcohol.

  • Packing tips?

    Travel backpack, light clothing, hat and sunglasses for the sun, comfortable shoes, documentation in a safe place and cell phones or cameras as well.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Taxis in Guayaquil work with a real rate so for being a tourist nothing happens, the bus you have to know routes, walking if you have time and desire in a day you can travel a large area of tourists.

  • Any surprises?

    In many trees there are free mangoes, I was very surprised since they are edible. The Spanish spoken is very understandable and with different words, a pleasant melody

  • Booking details?

    Using the app the booking for hostels, volunteering are also demanded by many backpackers, or travelers who want to cover travel expenses and continue climbing the route to South America is possible, on Facebook or applications such as Worldpackers and Workaway are still active in Ecuador . It should be noted that Couchsurfing is available and has very good results. If you visit the Galapagos Islands in Isabela, the Claudia Hodari Hostel -Casa Rosada Galapagos Isabela Caleta Iguana House. Claudia is an excellent person and an exemplary woman, check entry requirements to the Galapagos and air tickets in advance.

Lodging

  • Cafecito Hostel Airbnb / Guapulo neighborhood

  • Ballenita beach is located on the Pacific coast, Ruta del Spondylus or former Ruta del Sol. It is a small fishing community located 5 km from the city of Santa Elena, and less than 2 km from the Santa Elena Regional Terrestrial Terminal. It is the main spa in the city due to its short distance. There I met Adolfo, a Chilean who lived on the Pacific coast for a long time, he offered us his house, with a spectacular view, and from there the beaches are very connected, the buses pass through the route that is no more than 3 kilometers There the sea is of a sacred color and the beaches are calm. The Spondylus Route is one of the most important tourist routes in Ecuador, it ranges from Mataje in the north of the Esmeraldas province to the city of Salinas in the province of Santa Elena, it travels approximately 748 km along the E15 Trunk, crossing about 45 points between cities, towns and communes during its trajectory, with a first-class road network that allows the Ecuadorian coastal profile to be bordered in its entirety.