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Moving toward the north of the Coast and back to Quito

Chasing the Sun that never shows its face....

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Hi there everyone,

Sorry for being a while since my last entry but my access to internet has been rather bad to be honest. I have also been moving quite a bit and I am eager to share how great my week has been since.

I spent the end of last week in Montanita where I gave surfing another chance since last year. All I have to say is that it was not easy but I sure enjoyed it a lot and did manage to get up a few times. I also enjoyed meeting a few french speaking people, one from the alps and another from Quebec. Believe me, it was a great relief for me to be able to talk in French for more than a few hours for the first time in like 7 months.

On Monday, I headed to the Isla de la plata from the port of Puerto Lopez, with the hopes of seeing whales, sea-turtles, blue footed boobies, and more wildlife. I have to say my hope were way more than fulfilled as the day was pretty great and lots of wildlife showed up and was to be seen.

I then headed up north in the afternoon on the tour, I was originally planning on going to bahia de caraquez but I met some Belgians on the bus in between the location, they were planning on heading to Canoa which is another vibrant coastal town. When I arrived in Bahia and got off the bus, the taxi driver once he heard I did not have a hotel suggested I head straight to Canoa in order to enjoy the cheaper hotel prices and better beach location. I ended up doing this with the company of the Belgians and I do not regret this as Canoa was a great place with some great food and great waves where I was able to put my surfing skills to test again.

We stayed there only for one night in a cheap place where the night was only $6. We then decided to travel by night in order to save money on the hotel and get to the next town that was Mompiche in our book. However the further we went we realized that there were no buses at night to Mompiche. However one of the Belgian who is Ecuatorian by origin had family at our next day stop in Esmeralda where we grabbed keys to the house that some of his family friends own in Atacamez.

Now Atacamez is definitely a party town, much bigger than Montanita for that, matter fact Montanita has other things to do like surfing while Atacamez doesn't. You walk along the beach and all you can see is cocktails bars, nightclubs and restaurant for the travellers. I stayed there for a few nights but I took it easy on the second day due to contracting food poisoning...

However generally Canoa, Atacamez, Esmeralda all had great sea food and I enjoyed it very much.

Yesterday I headed back to Quito, where I am here now and had a wonderful day visiting the central of Quito today, by day this time and had chances to go inside churches and very cool museums. I am staying here with friends where everything is great.

Now that I am back in Quito, I am also seeing the sun again which had been hiding for my entire time on the coast.

Photos are on Facebook as per usual.

Much love to you all,

Posted by martinmorlot 19:42 Archived in Ecuador Tagged beaches birds boats whales party ruta_del_sol

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