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