This is the plane landing at Guayaquil, Ecuador.
The city was celebrating it's 200th anniversary of independence.
This is there brand new Eye on the river. On this day the river was packed with people having a good time partying there independence.
This is a famous park in the center of the city popular for it's Iguana's.
They are so friendly with people you can pet them pick them up and basically handle them as you please without fear of being attacked.
One of many family pictures I took during the vacation.
On the river that leads to the Amazon.
These are 600 plus steps that lead to a light house that gives you a view of the entire city.
This is a small beach town famous for it's hippie like people and surfers that flock there. I found it a very relaxing town to visit. This three story beach home was owned by a close friend of the family and literally right on the beach. The place was fantastic and I never wanted to leave.
Directly next door was a small hotel that served a really good breakfast buffet and lunch.
The town has hammocks everywhere and I was just about to enjoy a nice little nap in our cabin.
Downtown is about one of the most unique towns ever.
Now sadly this town and so many others had stray dogs everywhere. This one latched onto us and followed us everywhere we went during our short stay there. I would have loved to take this friendly fellow home.
Some of the quaint little cottages you can rent for really cheap.
This is one of the most famous beaches in Ecuador called Salinas. Crowded with high rises. We just made a quick stop but I prefer the smaller towns.
This area is all for processing salt owned by one of the many family members in my wifes family. We stopped by for a few hours to have lunch and got a tour of how salt is made to eventually go on your food.
Since there home is surrounded by salt processing as far as the eye can see they made there own kind of paradise inside of there home surrounded by block walls.
Next family of my wifes we visited is another city with a name I can't remember. We spent the night in this place I would call a compound surround by 10 foot brick walls and electrified fence. If the zombie apocalypse comes this is where I would want to ride it out. The daughter of this family is the governor of this region.
Now these Ecuadorian crabs are almost a national pass time to eat them when they are in season.
Inside this compound also has two guest houses for people to stay in.
Made friends with the housekeepers and hung out with them while the ladies went out shopping as I was interested on they prepared the crabs for dinner. I think it was the first they had ever met a American so about a hour before anyone got back the ladies came and found me as I was taking a nap and got me to come downstairs. I figured everyone was waiting for me and dinner was ready to start. But because I was friendly with them they had a few crabs ready for me to eat. But before I sat down they all wanted to take pictures with me.
And the feast begins. I thought the crabs were okay but they love them.
A few pictures with the bride and groom a couple of days before we catch a plane to Panama.
And this is another group of family members we had lunch with in another small town.
We also took a plane to highlands about ten thousand feet to see small towns directly next to active volcano's. Another lovely home with a fantastic view that was good friend of the family we were lucky enough to stay at.
My wifes nephew when visiting the highlands really wanted to try this famous rat like animal that is very popular to eat among the natives. I can tell you it did not taste like chicken.
Directly behind my wife is a active volcano in the town of Banos. This thing had just gone off a few weeks ago. And when it really gets bad the government tries to get the town to evacuated but the people never want to leave. Since most are farmers they would rather take the risk and stay than abandon there farms and live stock.
This waterfall is considered the entrance to Amazon jungle. I saw you can take a open cable car powered by car engine across it. Hard to tell in the photo but this is about a 1000 feet up. I decided I was going to go across everyone else reluctantly went with me. It ended with screaming and crying and people yelling at me when I suggested going again.
In the town of Banos at night it was some kind of religious holiday and every hour the church was carrying the virgin Mary around the town.
Here is another active volcano on way to the Equator.
This the Equator where the one place you actually weigh less instantly. Something to do with the planet spinning faster here.
Soon to come another Blog with our trip to Panama.