NOTE: Michael Edwards created a fantastic video of our entire trip. (Click here to watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEkesIXiEEg&feature=youtu.be )
We continued on our trip after visiting the Guayaquil Historical Park. From Guayaquil we drove about three hours to Montanita to spend the night at the Swiss Hotel (where we had stayed in Sept of 2010). The hotel had been updated with new rooms and a swimming pool.
Day 2: Early the next morning, we headed north to Puerto Lopez to catch the boat. Here are pictures of Puerto Lopez, and the early morning launch:
|These 3-wheeled motorcycles are the taxis in town|
|Pelicans waiting for the fishing boats|
|Father and son cleaning the morning's catch|
|Our group waiting to wade out into the water to climb aboard|
|Safety vest, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera. Ready to go!|
|Let's get some sun and see some whales!|
Now for the whales:
|A whale's tail|
|Up close and personal!|
After watching the whales for about an hour, we continued onto Isla de la Plata (Silver Island).
|Approaching Isla de la Plata|
|Explaining the flora and fauna of the island, and the different trails|
|We walked to the center of the island and then took the short circular trail|
|Our trail-head sign|
|Parts of the trail were very steep, which led us to . . .|
|. . . blue-footed boobies|
|They weren't afraid of us, but we still kept our distance|
|Enjoying the warmth and the sunshine. Ah, able to wear shorts again!|
|You can see the boobies' nesting area in the center of the photo|
|Coming back with food. Boobies stay together as a couple to raise the young together|
|Waiting for my food to arrive|
|A nesting couple|
|Reminds me of Big Sur in California|
We were gone for about five hours on the whale watching / Isla de la Plata tour. Then we drove the one hour back to Montanita to clean up and go out to dinner. We slept very well that night! Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention about our first night in Montanita is that at around midnight, we had an earthquake. Quite a trip!
Day 3: The next morning which was the day we drove home from the beach, we had breakfast in Montanita and then drove north to a town called Olon to do some sightseeing and shopping.
|The beach at Olon|
|Birds in flight|
After lunch, we headed back to Cuenca (which took about six hours). Overall, this was a great trip and we really enjoyed ourselves with the warm weather and beautiful sights.