Archive for October, 2012

Ecuador Beaches: Puerto Lopez & Hosteria Mandala, Part III

Ecuador Beaches: Puerto Lopez & Hosteria Mandala, Part III

Puerto Lopez is home to Hosteria Mandala, always a delight to visit.  The ‘green’ hosteria is a prototype for what this area can be if sustainability is practiced judiciously and creatively.  The entire complex is alive with color, flowers and highly imaginative art from all over the world. Gary is […]

Ecuador Beaches: Puerto Lopez, Part II

Ecuador Beaches: Puerto Lopez, Part II

Ecuador Beaches: Puerto Lopez is a small beach town south of Manta in Manabi province.  It’s the closest town to Parque Nacional Machilalla. You’ll find the park headquarters near the town square. Puerto Lopez is somewhat reminiscent of another popular tourist beach town further south, although Montenita’s exuberantly riotous and […]

by October 24, 2012 4 comments Ecuador, Ecuador Beaches
Ecuador Pictures: Morochos Part III–Cute Pre-Schoolers

Ecuador Pictures: Morochos Part III–Cute Pre-Schoolers

In an earlier blog about Morochos I promised Ecuador pictures of the village children.  While in Morochos to check out the sustainable gardening projects that Paige Fisher is creating through the Peace Corps, I found another garden.  Colorful pre-schoolers were blossoming in profusion. The children were only too accommodating, having […]

Retirement in Ecuador: Over the Ocean & Thru the Jungle to Grandmother’s House We Go

The second decade of the twenty-first century is proving to be a fertile one for me and Gary in terms of our family tree. Let me clarify that. I mean our children are exhibiting fertility, not us.  I’ve gone from lamenting the fact that I had no grandchildren to spoil […]

Ecuador Beaches: Puerto Lopez, Part I

Ecuador Beaches: Puerto Lopez, Part I

I haven’t been to Puerto Lopez in years.  I remember Puerto Lopez as a dirty, dusty, ramshackle little town spreading out around a jewel of a bay. When I first happened upon it on my way up the coast from Manta, I found little of interest other than whale watching […]