City time in Ecuador
17.07.2007 - 19.07.2007 30 °C
OK - been a while since I posted, so here is a couple of entries to catch up from Ecuador into Peru. On the 17th we took ourselves down to the “bus station” in Puerto Lopez and caught the 9 am bus to Guayaquil - Ecuador‘s largest city. The bus ride took four hours. Once arrived, we checked into a hotel, and then walked around the city for hours. We had some food, visited the town’s markets and looked at their riverfront arcade. It’s a dirty, worn-down city, but it has its upsides. And it definitely feels more like a bustling city than Quito. Tired, we went back to our hotel, and found that we could get wireless internet there - always a bonus when this works out!
On the 18th of July, we decided to stay another day in Guayaquil, although there is not actually that much to see here. We wandered the streets again, looking at people. Found a park populate by large iguanas. They were all over - in the trees, on the ground. You had to stay well clear of the trees, in order not to get peed or pooped on! We ate in the central market - great, cheap food there. Chicken stews with rice and avocado salad, or grilled chicken or meat, again with rice. So tasty. And the fruit shakes are excellent. You can get blackberry, peach, papaya, orange, passion fruit, apple, grapefruit, and others we had never heard of. Our favourite though, was the strawberry with aloe vera - very good, and very healthy I’m sure.
On the 19th, we got up and went to the offices of the international bus company called Ormeno, hoping to catch a bus to Tumbes in Peru. Unfortunately, the bus was full, and we had to return to our hotel and stay yet another day. Once again we entertained ourselves in the markets of Guayaquil, buying DVD’s, eating food and drinking smoothies. The market we felt gave a true representation of Ecuadorian fare. Exotic, and sometimes very strange. The fruit was odd shaped, and coloured, and had exciting and interesting smells, tastes and textures - some weird and wonderful, some definitely not. But we proudly managed to concoct a three course meal for under three dollars - consisting of ceviche for starters, seco de chivo (goat stew) with rice as main course, and a revitalizing strawberry and aloe vera milk shake for dessert. So we actually quite enjoyed Guayaquil!
All the pictures from Guayaquil are available on Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/divingdog5