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Whale Watching Puerto Lopez Ecuador: We Saw Humpback Whales!!!/in Blog, Ecuador, Ecuador Coast 2018, Our Trips/by JP Stonestreet
My whole life I’ve dreamed of seeing whales up-close, and our Puerto Lopez Whale Watching tour on Ecuador’s Southern Coast more than delivered! We saw a momma whale and her baby playing pretty close to the port of Puerto Lopez, Ecuador. They swam right by and even under the boat. They’re such amazing, prehistoric looking animals!
The Party Town of Montañita Ecuador + Our 8K Beach Walk!/in Blog, Ecuador, Ecuador Coast 2018, Our Trips/by JP Stonestreet
It was an overcast morning, but it was warm (in the mid-70’s) and didn’t look like rain so we decided to walk along the beach 8 kilometers from La Entrada to Olón and Montañita, Ecuador. The beach was virtually empty all the way to Olón, except for a giant whale!
We’re Leaving Cuenca for an Ecuador Beach Vacation (Episode 6)/in Blog, Ecuador, Ecuador Coast 2018, Our Trips/by JP Stonestreet
This was our first Ecuador beach vacation and we LOVED IT! We’d heard great things from our friends about Ecuador’s beaches, Montañita and the Bed & Breakfast where we stayed, Villa de Los Sueños. And they were right! It was amazing!
This video covers our trip from Cuenca Ecuador to La Entrada where Villa de Los Sueños is located. La Entrada is about a 20 minute drive north of Montañita Ecuador….
A Hike Up the 439 Turi Church Steps + Mall Del Río & Feria Mascotas in Cuenca Ecuador/in Blog, Day In The Life, Ecuador/by JP Stonestreet
Today, we decided to hike up the 439 stairs to the Turi Church again, just for exercise (yes, I also think Amelia is trying to kill me!).
Then we circled around to Mall del Río where we went shopping for a new pair of shoes for me, but we bought Amelia new shoes and shirts, instead. Then we went to Parque El Paraíso for the Feria Mascotas (Pet Fair)….
Sabatino’s Artisanal Market in Cuenca Ecuador + Belly Dancing & Music Festival/in Blog, Day In The Life, Ecuador/by JP Stonestreet
Today, we visited Sabatino’s Artisanal Market here in Cuenca Ecuador to get some organic peanut butter, vegan fudge, bread and other stuff. Then we stumbled upon a music festival at Otorongo Plaza celebrating 80 year anniversary of a local music conservatory. We ended our day in the life at Fratello for a delicious lunch and belly dancing performed by Academia Profesional de Danza Clásica “Tersícore”….
Mercado 27 de Febrero Organic Thursday Market in Cuenca Ecuador/in Blog, Ecuador/by JP Stonestreet
On most Thursday mornings, you can find us at the organic popup market outside Mercado 27 de Febrero in Cuenca Ecuador. It’s a short 10 minute walk from our house so it’s very convenient.
We’re not 100% sure everything is truly organic, but everything is 100% beautiful and delicious. And since the prices are so reasonable, we figure it’s worth it, regardless….
Mirador de Turi Ecuador: The Colorful Cuenca Countryside/in Blog, Ecuador/by JP Stonestreet
Our hike through Mirador de Turi Ecuador and the Cuenca Countryside was like stepping back in time. Small farms dot the landscape and friendly people were eager to talk to us….
Bumba Artisanal Market Cuenca Ecuador + Tour of El Centro & Lunch at Café Libre/in Blog, Day In The Life, Ecuador/by JP Stonestreet
Today, we went to the Bumba Artisanal Market in Cuenca Ecuador before venturing onward to a popup outdoor textiles market and then to lunch at plant-based Café Libre restaurant in Cuenca.
We love to visit the artisanal markets like the Bumba Popup Market for fresh, organic, delicious, locally sourced vegan foods.