Explore. Dream. Discover

Image via A year ago next month, I got on a plane headed to South America with a poorly packed backpack, a camera and a passport. I remember how excited, anxious and curious I was about what was going to happen in the next few months. When I arrived in Quito, I had no plans…

Bird Watching

I’m finally in front of a computer, where I can upload my photos. Here are our pictures from Isla de la Plata in Ecuador.

What I’ve learned after one month of traveling

– My backpack is too heavy! I started this trip with a 36 pound backpack and a messenger bag.  Chris brought his travel backpack, a backpack and two surfboards.  We recently swapped bags to even out the load.  Now I’m using his backpack, and he is carrying 2 bags instead of 3. Way easier for…

Cuenca

It took us over 8 hours to get to Cuenca from the coast. It was a horribly planned trip, we didn't eat anything because we thought we would have time in Guayaquil… no such luck. We got into town a little after 10 at night so we took a cab to the first hotel in…

Whale Watching

We just moved to an ocean-front room in Ayampe, might stay here for a while. Just before sunset, we saw a rainbow and four humpback whales breach! Amazing!

Ayampe

We decided to head back north to a town called Ayampe. It’s in between Puerto Lopez and Montañita. There isn’t much here… just a few hostals, one store, and a couple restaurants . The beach is so peaceful and  there are green stones I can’t say I’ve ever seen before.  This is the cheapest place…

Montañita

Montañita is an interesting place… Let me start off by saying… I’m glad we are no longer there.   It reminds me of Rosarito, Mexico back when people used to go there for spring break… 7-8 years ago.  Don’t get me wrong we enjoyed great live music and good food… But it just wasn’t my scene. …

Isla de la Plata

Isla de la Plata is an island near Puerto Lopez, Ecuador.  It’s also known as the “cheap Galapagos”!  On the island there are several different birds including boobies with blue feet and beaks.  According to our guide, several birds only travel between Isla de la Plata and Galapagos.  Huge turtles swam near our boat after…

Los Frailes

This beach is a must see if you are visiting the Ecuadorian coast. It’s a national park and it is absolutely breath-taking. Chris says it’s a “world-class” beach…and that’s saying a lot since there are no waves here. We took a 15 minute bus ride from Puerto Lopez. It’s about 50 cents and it dropped…

La Costa

After a nearly 9 hour overnight bus ride we arrived in Manta Tuesday morning. It was very early and hot so we walked to the bus terminal 4 blocks away. The next bus was only about 2 hours, and for another $6 total it took us South to the beaches of Ecuador. When we arrived…