Landed from the air, shipping out to sea

The journey from Portland, Oregon to Guayaquil, Ecuador required three flights. The first went well. The second was delayed. The third was cancelled. So it goes in the new era of air travel.

Still, we are grateful to bounce across the United States and then ricochet to Ecuador in the space of a few days. The time to spend relaxing in Guayaquil was now reduced to a day and half. Not much time before we head off for a week at sea visiting the Galapagos Islands, but we are not complaining.

We emerged from crazy traffic on the drive from the airport to our light, airy hotel, the Unipark. As soon as we entered our 10th floor hotel room, we could see the Cathedral through the massive windows. Wow! We looked down to see Parque Seminario, right across the street. A lot was happening at the little park, complete with statue of Simon Bolivar and enough water features and benches to draw a crowd. We were definitely ready to see this area.

Iguanas call the park their home.

Iguanas call the park their home.

Despite the sign that prohibits feeding them, about 30 iguana gathered waiting for a handout. Others climbed trees or wandered off exploring other areas, eating fallen leaves whenever they appeared.

Despite the sign that prohibits feeding them, about 30 iguana gathered waiting for a handout. Others climbed trees or wandered off exploring other areas, eating fallen leaves whenever they appeared.

We passed some older buildings as we walked the few blocks to Malecon 2000, the pedestrian walkway along the Guayas River.

We passed some older buildings as we walked the few blocks to Malecon 2000, the pedestrian walkway along the Guayas River.

Gardens, cafes, and children’s rides line the 2.5 km walkway, with shops at one end and a museum at the other end.

Unfamiliar birds flitted around, and some really squawked at every passerby. This was a new bird for us, a Pacific hornero.

Unfamiliar birds flitted around, and some really squawked at every passerby. This was a new bird for us, a Pacific hornero.

The mosaic murals glinted with dazzling colors (which don’t really show on the image. Trust us, they were beautiful!)

The mosaic murals glinted with dazzling colors (which don’t really show on the image. Trust us, they were beautiful!)

At the end of Malecon 2000 the view of the brightly colored buildings hugging the hillside was the perfect viewpoint for taking photos.

At the end of Malecon 2000 the view of the brightly colored buildings hugging the hillside was the perfect viewpoint for taking photos.

Our time was up in Guayaquil. We won’t have wifi connection on the boat so our next post (on travel photography) is scheduled to publish while we’re floating in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador. As soon as we return to land and an internet connection, we’ll share our Galapagos experiences. Until then…

 

April 2016

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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3 Responses to Landed from the air, shipping out to sea

  1. Wow! You made it. Have a wonderful time in the Galapagos. I wish for you many more birds you don’t recognize (as well as perhaps some other creatures.)

  2. Yay, another adventure begins. Have a great time.

  3. How cool are these iguanas? I also really like the view of the pastel coloured buildings – what a pretty place! Enjoy Galapagos and I look forward to seeing your posts about it!

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