In February we left Mexico for Ecuador. We flew out of Manzanillo/Barra de Navidad first to Mexico City, changed planes and flew on to Bogota, Colombia, changed planes again and finally arrived the next morning in Guayaquil, Ecuador. It was a long trip, but not as long as it would have been by boat.
Since arriving, we have visited Guayaquil, Quenca, Uzhupud (near Gualeceo), Guayaquil again, Salinas, Ballenita, and finally Bahia de Caraquez. Blog posts with pictures from these cities will be coming soon.
We spent our first two nights in Guayaquil and have to say we were pleasantly surprised. About 10 years ago the city created a malecon/park along their riverfront. There are play areas for kids and a nice long path for the people of Guayaquil to walk, with restaurants, coffee shops, and stores mixed in along the way. There is an IMAX theater at one end playing the new Lord of the Rings movie. The malecon has a considerable security force. Any time Kyle did anything slightly deviant, for example, lean out over the malecon railing, a security man or woman would come over and politely let us know that he was doing something unacceptable. Luckily it was ok for Kyle to play on the cannons - which he was pleased to find at each end of the malecon.
|Ken and Kyle along the malecon|
|$1.00 for 6 minutes of fun.|
|A Green Machine - like Seamus'!|
|Bouncing on the teeter-totter|
|In the Las Penas neighborhood|
|On the malecon with Las Penas in the background|
|Art for sale - Las Penas - if only we had room in our luggage...|
|Loading the cannons|
|Aiming the cannon|
Schools are closed for "Winter Vacation" along the coast of Ecuador. February, March and April are their vacation months. Locals have told us that February and March are the hottest months along the coast, but it isn't as bad as we feared. The temperatures have been more comfortable than or perhaps as comfortable as November in Puerto Vallarta/La Cruz. The ocean currents apparently keep Ecuador fairly temperate.