Ecuador Hotels

Mompiche: One of the Last Ecuador Beach Paradises

Mompiche: One of the Last Ecuador Beach Paradises

A love of food, the beach and a birthday brought us to Mompiche… One of the last idyllic and untouched beaches in Ecuador, Mompiche was a wonderful surprise birthday treat. My boyfriend Simon was recommended Cabañas Iruña by our Ecuadorian neighbor – simple, secluded, right on the beach and the caretaker […]

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 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 […]

Beautiful Bahia de Caraquez: New Bridge and New Opportunities

Beautiful Bahia de Caraquez: New Bridge and New Opportunities

Our tour of the Ecuador coast and beaches from Manta to Pedernales continued.  After another short wait in another bus station, this time in Bahia de Caraquez, friends from Cotacachi pulled into the station.  We almost didn’t recognize Rene and Merci. They both look so relaxed and well, so beachy.  […]

A Spring Walk Around Old Town Quito

A Spring Walk Around Old Town Quito

A Spring Walk Around Old Town Quito May in Old Town Quito can be absolutely enchanting.  Sometimes the sky is a brilliant blue, dotted with puffy white clouds that seem so close you could reach out and touch them.  Gary and I had a great few days in Old Town […]