Ecuador – (Iguana´s & Cocktail Alley)

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Travel Blog | 0 comments

Ecuador – (Iguana´s & Cocktail Alley)

The border crossing into Ecuador was frustrating to say the least. Once we had exported our bikes out of Peru we reached customs. A guard was nice enough about it, but explained we need to get motorbike insurance from a town 6 kilometers away. Our Spanish is far from fluent and we didn’t really know exactly where we were heading too. Luckily a man directed us to a shop that could supply us with the insurance document, costing $15. This was the first boarder crossings that incurred a cost. All others were free to travel on a motorbike. It was a country home to cheap fruit. Ie bananas cost 10 cents each. We stayed a night in Guayaquil where I got a 2 dollar hair cut and cut throat shave, held an iguana in the park and drank countless fruit shakes. We headed to Montañita to catch up with our friends. We had heard from other travelers that this place was amazing. And it was. We all stayed in the same hostel, swam at the beach, swung in hammocks listening to music, had pre drinks on cocktail alley and danced the night away on the sand dance floors. The next day we would eat the best tuna sandwiches and fruit salads and do the same steps as above again. It was bliss. The next day the police were stopping traffic and looking for drugs. We found out that a plane had landed in the middle of the road, offloaded drugs before flying off again. We didn’t stop in the capital Quito, as we tend to avoid the big capital cites. We prefer to spend our time in smaller authentic towns that in my opinion tend to have a more cultural appeal. As a traveler, I am conscious on where my money is spent. I would much prefer to see my money go to a family run restaurant/hostel than a big national food chain/hotel.

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