Resort & Hotel Tours from Around the World

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Vilcabamba Ecuador: Madre Tierra Resort Tour + Rumi Wilco Hike + Bachata Dancing (Episode 120)

On our trip to Vilcabamba Ecuador, we stayed at the beautiful and relaxing Madre Tierra Resort and Spa. We also enjoyed a leisurely hike on the Rumi Wilco trail along Río Vilcabamba. And we ended our video with a night of bachata dancing with Johnny and Olesya.

We hope you can join us at our first unconventional social event in Cuenca on Wednesday. If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP on our Facebook Event so we can give our venue a headcount: https://www.facebook.com/events/459588591254423/

Vilcabamba Ecuador Madre Tierra Resort & Spa

We absolutely LOVED our time at Madre Tierra Resort & Spa in Vilcabamba Ecuador. The grounds were beautiful, our room was very comfortable, the food was delicious and the views were spectacular! If you book with them, tell them Amelia and JP sent you!

View from our Room at Madre Tierra Resort & Spa

On our second day in Vilcabamba, we awoke to sun and blue skies, with incredible views of the valley and mountains. I snapped these shots with my iPhone, but had no idea it would capture what we were seeing with such clarity. I didn’t edit any of these photos, but they still don’t look real!

Vilcabamba Ecuador Madre Tierra View 1 Vilcabamba Ecuador Madre Tierra View 2

Hiking Near Madre Tierra Resort & Spa

In addition to the Rumi Wilco hike we featured in the video, we also hiked along the gravel road in front of Madre Tierra Resort & Spa.

Madre Tierra is the pin just below the “P” in San Pedro in the map below. On Wednesday, we hiked west along the road and looped back into Vilcabamba for lunch.

Vilcabamba Madre Tierra Walk Map

The views along the road on a bright, sunny day were equally unbelievable to the views from our room. This is a photo of Montaña Mandango, known as the sleeping Inca by the indigenous people. You can hike all the way to the top of this mountain, but we’ve been told it’s a very difficult hike. Maybe we’ll do that on the next trip to Vilcabamba.

Vilcabamba Ecuador Mandango

Vilcabamba Ecuador Old House

Vilcabamba Ecuador Old House 2

On Thursday, we hiked up the ridiculously steep road heading northwest from Madre Tierra and were rewarded with these views of the valley below.

Vilcabamba Ecuador Hike 1 Vilcabamba Ecuador Hike 2

Madre Tierra Resort & Spa Dining

As with most hotels and resorts, the vegan menu options were limited. However, they went out of their way to accommodate our dietary requirements with some very delicious food.

Vilcabamba Ecuador Madre Tierra Breakfast 1

Fresh Fruit and Juice

Vilcabamba Ecuador Madre Tierra Breakfast 2

Oats with Fruit and Cinnamon

Vilcabamba Ecuador Madre Tierra Beet Soup

Beet Soup

Vilcabamba Ecuador Madre Tierra Dinner 1

Vegan Sauteed Veggie Stuffed Crepe

Vilcabamba Ecuador Madre Tierra Guac

Guacamole

Bachata Dancing with Johnny and Olesya

If you’re interested in taking dance lessons with Johnny, check out our Cuenca Ecuador Salsa Dancing video for more information.

Vilcabamba Bachata Johnny Olesya

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Niraamaya Resort Tour + Kerala Farewell Feast (Episode 106 – Part 13)

This is the final video from our trip to 4 continents in 4 weeks. Our Niraamay Resort Tour is stunning. Plus, Chinnu and Abin’s family had a feast to celebrate the marriage, and to honor the attendance of the 4 gringos from Cuenca, Ecuador. Here are a few pics I took (click to enlarge).

Niraamaya Resort Tour – Kovalam, India

We also wanted to share our experience at Niraamaya Retreats in Kovalam because it was so memorable and amazing. Our beachfront cottage was very comfortable with amazing views of the Arabian Sea. The restaurant and staff were super accommodating and made sure we ate lots of delicious vegan food. And the grounds were so beautiful that we recorded a montage sequence for you to see. We highly recommend staying at Niraamaya if you’re ever in southern Kerala, India.

Niraamaya Resort Tour Photo Gallery

We LOVED our time at Niraamaya Retreats in Kovalam! Here are a few pics from our time there (click to enlarge).

Cochin International Airport Display – Kochi, India

After we left Munnar, we drove to Kochi to catch a flight back to Trivandrum. The Cochin International Airport is quite the sight to see. It’s one of the nicest, cleanest, most comfortable airports we’ve seen, and we were at 10 different airports on this trip alone.

The following display showing the traditional Kerala costumes was just before the security check. These costumes and makeup are worn during a Kathakali, or traditional Indian dance. Kathakali is a Hindu performance art in the Malayalam-speaking southwestern region of India where we stayed during our time in southern India. We saw a version of this performance at the Niraamaya Resort, which we showed in the video.

Can you imagine wearing all that clothes and makeup in 95 degree heat and humidity?! Click to enlarge.

Other videos in this series: Kerala India 2019

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The Exotic City of Munnar India & Eravikulam National Park + Le Celestium Hotel Tour (Episode 104 – Part 11)

After the wedding, Abin’s brother Basil arranged a hotel and some sightseeing for us in Munnar India. On our first day in Munnar, Basil arranged a driver (Shiva) to take us to lunch at Alibaba & 41 Dishes, show us around Munnar, and drive us to Eravikulam National Park.

CORRECTION: Several people have pointed out that the religion stats we quoted in the video were incorrect. Our Hindu driver told us Kerala was 60% Christian, 25% Muslim and 15% Hindu. While the numbers are close, he assigned them to the wrong religions. According to 2011 Census of India figures, 54.73% of Kerala’s population are Hindus, 26.56% are Muslims, 18.38% are Christians, and the remaining 0.32% follows other religions or no religion. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Kerala

We had no reason to believe our driver was quoting inaccurate numbers since he is Hindu and lives in Munnar. We sincerely apologize for the mistake and we certainly didn’t mean to offend anyone.

Le Celestium Hotel – Munnar, India

Le Celestium Munnar India

We stayed at Basil’s hotel, Le Celestium, for 4 nights in Munnar. Our room was very spacious and comfortable, the bed was great, and we loved the view from our balcony. The staff was also super friendly and accomodating, especially Douglas and Velmurugan. And the food was delicious! It reminded us of Basil’s restaurant here in Cuenca: Namaste India. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Le Celestium and highly recommend it!

Lunch at Alibaba & 41 Dishes

Alibaba & 41 Dishes Munnar India

Lunch at Alibaba was fantastic! For $6.42, we had two main dishes, rice, naan, coffee and bottled water. And the food was delicious!

Alibaba Dishes

Eravikulam National Park

Eravikulam National Park Munnar India

Eravikulam National Park is a short drive outside of Munnar through the tea plantations. We were lucky enough to see several of the endangered Nilgiri tahr (goats), which were hunted to near extinction during the British rule. It is believed only 750 still live in the park, which covers 97 square kilometers.

Eravikulam National Park Photo Gallery

I don’t often shut off the video and take stills, but the park was so beautiful that I decided to take a few photos.

Walking Tour of Munnar India

Munnar India 25

After a nice walk through the park, we returned to Munnar for a walking tour of the city center. Munnar India and the national park are popular with tourists from Kerala and throughout India.

Shiva pointed out the Hindu Temple, Catholic Church and Muslim Mosque on our drive through Munnar and we wanted to get a closer look. Shiva told us the 3 religions live together in harmony, which we noticed in other parts of Kerala, too.

Walking through Munnar reminded me of the pictures I saw in National Geographic when I was a kid. I remember thinking it seemed so far away and exotic from my little Kansas farm town. To be there seeing it for myself was an otherworldly experience.

Munnar India Photo Gallery

The following pictures were taken on the day after we recorded this video. Patrick, Paul, Amelia and I went for a walk around Munnar specifically to take some real life photos. Most people were eager to have their picture taken; only a few said no. This walk through Munnar was the most fun I’ve ever had with photography.

Other videos in this series: Kerala India 2019

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Trivandrum India Shopping & More in Kerala (Episode 99 – Part 6)

We did all sorts interesting things on our first full day in Kerala India. Chinnu picked us up right after breakfast and took us for shopping in Trivandrum India. We needed some wedding and hot weather clothes. Amelia also bought some jewelry for the wedding and a beautiful lehenga dress.

For lunch, we had some delicious southern Indian Thali before heading over to a famous Hindu Temple in the heart of Trivandrum.

We didn’t return to our resort until 8:30PM, 11 hours of shopping and driving, so we turned in for the night and slept for 11 hours!

The next day we went for a walk along the beach near our resort. It was so beautiful and relaxing.

Other videos in this series: Kerala India 2019

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Drama at 35,000 Feet + Amsterdam AirBnB Apartment Tour (Episode 95 – Part 2)

We left Miami on British Airways and headed to Amsterdam via Heathrow. This video shares our journey across the pond, Amelia’s drama on the airplane and our Amsterdam AirBnB Apartment Tour in the Jordaan neighborhood.

Drama on British Airways from Miami to Heathrow

Our flight on British Airways from Miami to Heathrow left late at night so we were already tired when we boarded. About an hour into the 8 hour flight, they started offering the meal service. As is common, the vegans, vegetarians and food allergy people got theirs first.

Even though I was tired, I was even more hungry so I ate mine right away. The entree was a delicious rice pilaf with steamed mixed vegetables. It came with a vegan bun, vegan butter, mixed fruit, a small salad and a granola bar. After eating the entree, salad and fruit, I promptly fell asleep after setting the remaining items aside for later. Amelia ate part of her salad and then fell asleep.

When we woke up, both of our meals were gone! Amelia had not even opened her entree! But they took everything while we slept! Even my packaged items!

Unfortunately, they don’t stock extra vegan meals, so they couldn’t just bring Amelia another one. I’ve never seen her so mad about something before! She rang the call button with a force unbecoming of my little hummingbird and let the flight attendant have it.

The attendant was very apologetic and went to see if there was anything they could bring us. The head flight attendant returned with a few packaged vegan items and offered to give Amelia the vegan salad she bought for herself at the Whole Foods in Miami. Amelia refused to eat the generous woman’s food, but what an amazing gesture!

The flight attendant was vegetarian and lactose intolerant so she ate a mostly plant-based diet and could empathize with us. That’s a long flight to not have any food, especially when we went to the trouble of pre-ordering a vegan meal. Hopefully, they’ll learn a lesson from this and stop removing uneaten food from sleeping passengers 2 hours into an 8 hour flight.

Heathrow Airport Abysmal Vegan Food Selection

We had a 3 hour layover at Heathrow while we waited for our short flight to Amsterdam. It was lunchtime in England so all the food places were packed, but that didn’t matter for us because NONE of them had any vegan options! At least nothing more than a plain salad or steamed rice.

We packed some PB&J’s for our trip and still had 2 left so weren’t going to starve, but after a long flight with our absconded meals, we wanted something other than yet another PB&J.

Luckily, Starbucks came to the rescue! They had a vegan breakfast wrap! We washed it down with a giant coffee and were good to go! Thank you again Starbucks for having vegan options!

Amsterdam AirBnB Apartment Tour

This was our first time staying at an AirBnB. We checked hotel prices in Amsterdam and almost cut our stay short due to their extreme cost! However, someone else on YouTube mentioned AirBnb so we looked into it and were shocked to find much lower prices for a full apartment in a desirable neighborhood.

We stayed at the listing titled: Amsterdam Center Entire Apartment.

SLA – Organic Salad Bar in Amsterdam

On our first night in Amsterdam, we went to SLA – Organic Salad Bar for dinner and it was super delicious! It was only a few blocks from our AirBnB in the Jordaan neighborhood. (click to enlarge)

Our First Morning in Amsterdam

Surprisingly, we woke up very early on our first morning in Amsterdam. That’s when we realized the city gets a late start. Nothing opened in our neighborhood until 8am so we walked around for awhile with the streets to ourselves. We turned a corner and saw the sun rising between the church steeples so I snapped a couple shots with my iPhone. What perfect timing!

Other videos in this series: Amsterdam

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Apartamentos Otorongo Tour – Flashback Day In The Life in Cuenca Ecuador (Episode 81)

Our Apartamentos Otorongo Tour is a flashback day in our life. When we first moved to Cuenca Ecuador and stayed at Apartamentos Otorongo, we had a daily routine that included fresh fruits & veggies, and fresh baked bread.

If you’re considering a move to Ecuador, you may find our Ecuador Expat Info page helpful.

Apartamentos Otorongo Tour

When we came to Cuenca on our exploratory trip in 2017, we stayed at Apartamentos Otorongo for a week, and when we moved to Cuenca later that year, we stayed at Otorongo for almost 2 months while we looked for a rental house.

Apartamentos Otorongo Sign

The location is perfect for getting settled here in Cuenca Ecuador, and we loved Xavier, Samara and Samantha. They’re wonderful hosts and made us feel right at home from the first day. We also got to know Sara and Angelita, two of the staff members who helped teach us Cuencano Spanish (aka Morlaco), and kept our rooms spotless.

We made several gringo friends during both our stays at Otorongo, and we still hang out with most of them. Some have moved away, either back to the states, to another country or to somewhere else in Ecuador, but we stay in touch with them, too. Otorongo is a great place to start building your Cuenca Ecuador community.

If you want the best deal on your stay, especially extended stays, book through their website at HotelOtorongo.com. That’ll save you money while making Xavier and his family more money by cutting out the middle booking site.

Mercado 10 de Agosto

Mercado 10 de Agosto

Nearly every morning during our stay at Otorongo, we walked along the Tomebamba river and up the stairs to Mercado 10 de Agosto for fresh fruits and veggies. It’s best to go in the morning while everything is still very fresh. Since they don’t refrigerate their meat in the mercados, it can get quite smelly by the afternoon.

See More: Cuenca Mercados

Amelia Mercado

After we loaded up on produce, we walked across the street to one of the panaderías for fresh baked bread. If you’re vegan, some of the bread has cheese (queso) inside it and some is brushed with butter (mantequilla). We usually bought the whole wheat buns and some water bread, which is a popular type of bread here made only with flour, yeast and water. Each bun/roll costs 13 cents.

Panadería

Lavandería Tomebamba – Laundry Service

Otorongo has an onsite washer and dryer available to guests, but we preferred supporting the local economy by letting someone else wash, dry and fold our laundry. Lavandería Tomebamba is a convenient location and just a few blocks from Otorongo.

Lavandería Tomebamba

When we stayed there, the cost for a load of laundry including detergent was $3.50. Now they have a pricing structure that starts at $2.90 and goes up to $6, depending on the size of the load.

Amelia Lavandería

We hope you enjoyed our flashback day in the life and our Apartamentos Otorongo Tour. If you’re contemplating a move here, it’s a great place to start your new adventure. It’s the perfect location with convenient access to all the things you need to begin a new life in a foreign city.

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Return to Cuenca Ecuador + Tour of Quito Airport Suites Hotel + Quito & Cuenca Airports (Episode 43)

On our return to Cuenca Ecuador from Atlanta, we stopped in South Beach Miami for a day before heading to Quito. Our plane arrived in Quito very late at night and our flight to Cuenca left at 9:30am the next morning so we stayed in the Quito Airport Suites that was about a 5 minute cab ride from the airport.

Quito Airport Suites Hotel

Quito Airport Suites Hotel

The last time we flew back and stayed overnight in Quito, we stayed in a completely different hotel with the same name. Tripadvisor still has the other hotel info on their site, but when you click through to view the rates, it goes to the hotel we stayed at. We’re not sure what happened, but it appears the other hotel is gone or operating under a different name. Regardless, this Quito Airport Suites was MUCH nicer and closer to the airport, our room and bathroom was very comfortable, and the grounds were beautiful!

Our only complaint was the lack of vegan options for breakfast. Most places that we’ve stayed at in Ecuador offer a large selection of fruit, bread, juice and coffee for breakfast, some even have oats, but that wasn’t the case. They only had banana and pineapple, which Amelia is allergic to. The coffee was very weak and they only had butter for the bread. We asked for marmelada (jam), but didn’t get any. The lady who works in the kitchen was very late opening it so we were in a hurry and didn’t have time to wait.

Quito Airport – Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Quito Airport Mariscal Sucre International Airport

The Quito Airport is only about 5 years old and it’s beautiful. It looks like any nice airport anywhere in the world. On this trip, they had a new process for the express bag drop that was confusing people, including the people who worked there. Plus, the band Molotov was on our airplane with all of their gear, which occupied one of the clerks for the entire time we waited in line, over 45 minutes. We almost didn’t make our flight due to the long delay checking our bags.

Molotov

Return to Cuenca Ecuador

Mariscal Lamar International Airport

Cuenca Airport Mariscal Lamar International Airport

The Cuenca Airport is very nice but very small. They don’t have gangways so you have to walk down the stairs of the plane and onto the tarmac. The baggage claim is just inside the door from the tarmac so be sure to get your luggage before leaving the baggage claim area.

Our Driver Edwin

Our Driver Edwin

We scheduled a pickup at the airport with our personal driver, Edwin. He has been driving us to and from both the Cuenca airport and the Guayaquil airport, as well as around Cuenca on occasion, for quite a while. He’s a very safe driver with a large van to carry all our luggage. If you’d like his contact info, drop us a note and we’ll email it to you.

Pet Care in Cuenca Ecuador

On our way home, Edwin drove us to get our dogs from Jessica at Maxi’s Pet Care. Jessica offers doggy daycare, long-term stay and grooming services for small dogs like our Toy Poodle, Alicia. Daisy is actually considered large in Cuenca, but Jessica made an exception for her so she could stay with her sister while we were gone. Jessica also posts pictures (like the one below) and videos of our girls on Facebook and Instagram so we can see them while we’re gone.

Maxi's Pet Care

Jessica is also involved with one of Cuenca’s dog rescues. We highly recommend all of the services she offers!

See More: Atlanta Georgia 2018

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Villa de Los Sueños Resort Tour + The Colorful Pueblita of La Entrada Ecuador (Episode 9)

We LOVED LOVED LOVED our stay at Villa de Los Sueños in La Entrada, Ecuador!!! It was beautiful, relaxing and muy tranquilo! The current owners of Villa de Los Sueños, Marsha and Shell, are amazing hosts and went out of there way to make sure a couple of vegans felt right at home.

They even picked up some non-dairy milk on a trip to La Libertad to get a new hot water heater and they made a special vegan lasagna for us so we could have dinner with the other guests after a long day of whale watching. We’re already planning our return trip!

La Entrada is a quaint little pueblita (little town/community/comuna) located about 20 minutes north of Montañita, Ecuador. The comuna has been rejuvenated with colorful buildings and more than 2 dozen murals painted by Ecuadorian artists. It’s also a great destination wedding location, as you’ll see in the church pics below.

See more videos from this trip: Ecuador Coast 2018

People & Places (and Animals)

Villa de Los Sueños Resort Tour

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador

Villa de Los Sueños in La Entrada, Ecuador is a charming B&B with several rooms, a penthouse apartment (where we stayed) and a casita (small house).

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador

This is the scene that greets you when you enter the front gate. It’s a tropical paradise!

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador Pool

It also has a beautiful pool, hot tub and recreation area, with easy access to the beach for long walks along the 8 kilometers to the south toward Olón, Ecuador.

While the beach directly in front of Villa de Los Sueños is rocky, it’s only a short walk south to a beautiful flat beach with lots of waves perfect for boogie boarding. We thought the rock formations were beautiful and gave a distinctive look to views from our apartment.

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador Casita

This is the casita, or small house on the property that’s also available to rent.

Villa de Los Sueños Common Areas

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador Breakfast Nook

The breakfast area has a beautiful view of the ocean and beach in front of Villa de Los Sueños. The guests gather here around 8:30 AM for fresh fruit, oats, juice, coffee and breakfast made to order. You can eat both vegan and non-vegan breakfast items.

We ate raw rolled oats topped with fresh fruit. The first few days, they didn’t have non-dairy milk so we put fresh squeezed orange juice on our oats. I got that idea from Dr. Esselstyn’s book, Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease. It’s a great vegan hack when non-dairy milk isn’t available for your oats. However, Shell bought us some almond milk on his trip to La Libertad to get a new hot water heater (calefon). That was so thoughtful and unexpected!

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador Breakfast Bar

This is the breakfast bar where they line up all the breakfast foods in the morning.

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador Common Kitchen

This is the main floor kitchen used by the owners and their employees to prepare breakfast and sometimes dinner for the guests.

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador Living Room

This is the common living room area where guests gather to converse and play cards. However, we spent most of our time in our apartment. It was so peaceful and relaxing that we only left to eat and sightsee. Shell told us that’s common for people who rent that apartment. He said the younger the couple, the less they see of them 🙂

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador Choco

Choco is the gentle giant Chocolate Lab who performs his own duties as official greeter, security guard and activities director. He loves to go for long walks on the beach to play rock. He gathers up as many rocks as he can fit in his mouth and brings them back home. He has quite the rock fetish!

We’re animal lovers so it was nice to have a such a sweet dog to take us on walks and hang out with us in our apartment.

The Penthouse Apartment Tour

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Penthouse View

This was the southern view from our penthouse apartment at Villa de Los Sueños. We visited Ecuador’s Southern Coast in late August during the winter season so it was cloudy on most days as you’ll see in our videos, but the sun came out on one of our last days there and completely changed the look and feel of the area.

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada View

This was the northern view from our apartment showing La Entrada, Ecuador with the church and it’s colorful buildings.

Here are several pics of our penthouse apartment. You can see the full tour in the video.

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador

Living Room

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador Bedroom

Bedroom and Dining Room

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador Bedroom ViewView from the Bedroom/Office Desk

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador KitchenFull Kitchen

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador Safe

Closet Safe

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador BathroomBathroom

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador Shower

Large Shower

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador Hot TubPrivate Hot Tub with Incredible Views

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Bird

We heard these beautiful birds more than we saw them. But one morning we woke up to his beautiful song. He was kind enough to sit there and sing until I got my camera and captured some video and a few pics.

Villa de Los Sueños Whale Breaching

We even saw whales breaching and playing from our balcony. On our last morning we saw a pod of orcas swimming north a few hundred yards off the beach.

La Entrada, Ecuador Tour

La Entrada Ecuador Sign

La Entrada Ecuador Sign 2

La Entrada is a Comuna Ancestral (Ancestral Community). Our walking tour of La Entrada shown in the video shows a typical life in this quaint little pueblita. There are about 850 people who live in here and the surrounding areas, and they all know each other.

La Entrada Ecuador Heart House

The elderly couple who lives in this tiny house didn’t have any children so the rest of the town helps take care of them. In Ecuador, as in most Latin countries, family is very important. Nursing homes and retirement homes aren’t very common here. Instead, the families take care of their elders and they often live in the same multigenerational house as their children and grandchildren. In communities like this one, the neighbors pitch in to help the rare elders who don’t have children and grandchildren to help take care of them.

La Entrada Ecuador Old Building

Most of the buildings in La Entrada have been repainted, as you’ll see below, but this is one of the oldest and most visually appealing buildings that hasn’t been touched yet. It’s in a bad state of disrepair so it may need to be torn down, but it makes for great pictures.

La Entrada Ecuador Bridge

A river bisects La Entrada and this thatch-roofed walking bridge connects the two sides. You can see the whale sculpture peaking out on the right side.

La Entrada Ecuador Whale Sculpture

This is a fountain/pool that needs to be repaired, but it’s such a cool accent to this beautiful little town.

La Entrada Ecuador Boats

These are small fishing boats used by the local fishers. Fishing is a central component, both dietary and economic, for the towns on Ecuador’s Southern Coast. However, as the large industrialized fishing corporations strip the oceans of everything living and not living, these small fishers are struggling.

Here’s the obligatory vegan message: please stop buying seafood. It’s unhealthy for you, containing more saturated fat than beneficial nutrients, as well as mercury, PCBs, DDT, birth control, drugs and every other contaminate with which we’ve polluted our one and only home. Chemicals get absorbed into the fatty tissues of fish and can cause cancer and neurological diseases when you eat them. At the current rate of fishing, the oceans are predicted to be nearly fish-free by 2048. That’s only 20 years from now. If the oceans die, we die. Please don’t contribute to the downfall of humanity.

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador Ganica

These guys were playing a game with marbles that I believe they called ganica. They were having lots of fun and seemed to think us gringos were pretty funny walking around with a strange looking camera taking video and pictures of them.

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Chico Suave

This guy was chopping up coconuts when we walked by. He has a little fruit stand with lots of coconuts and bananas. He was very excited that we wanted to take his picture and record him chopping coconuts.

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador Jeweler

We stopped in the jewelry shop and were able to watch the jeweler making anillos (rings).

La Entrada Ecuador Artist

La Entrada is quite the artistic community. We had just purchased this hummingbird painting from the art gallery when we ran into the artist on our way back to the Villa de Los Sueños. She was happy to pose for a picture with the newest member of Amelia’s hummingbird collection (she also has earrings and a new hummingbird tattoo shown in a future video).

 

La Iglesia de La Entrada

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador Church 1

La Entrada has a new church that would be perfect for destination weddings. One of the local townspeople told us they’ve already had a few there this year, and it’s easy to see why.

Villa de Los Sueños La Entrada Ecuador Church 2

Can you imagine getting married with that view behind you?! Again, Shell and Marsha are largely responsible for that amazing view. The architect wanted to make it a solid opaque wall! Why? Just why? After some heated discussions, they convinced the architect to make it a glass wall and he agreed as long as the town could come up with the extra funds to pay for it, which they did.

This beautiful church, along with the colorful buildings and murals, has put La Entrada on the tourist map, which is bringing more gringos and their money to the community, raising the standard of living for everyone there.

The Animals of La Entrada, Ecuador

La Entrada Ecuador Dog

This cute little guy was happy to pose for me. He was playing with that little black rock. Balls aren’t common here, so we saw lots of dogs playing with rocks, just like Choco did.

La Entrada Ecuador Dog 2

This beautiful dog was sleeping on the street. While some people treat their dogs like we do back in the States, a lot of dogs roam freely and everyone seems to take care of them. Some have homes, but are allowed to hang out with their friends, go for a walk and find food during the day and then return home at night. Dogs are a lot like people here in Ecuador, with a lot of freedom to do what the want.

La Entrada Ecuador Skinny Dog

We noticed several overly skinny dogs and thought they weren’t being fed, but that’s apparently not the case. We were told that these dogs have a tick disease that’s very expensive to treat. It takes a multi-day course of antibiotics that aren’t easy to come by in this rural comuna. Choco came down with this disease when he was a puppy and required 3 days of IV antibiotics.

La Entrada Ecuador Rooster

Eggs are popular here, and so are roosters. We saw several egg laying hens and roosters roaming freely, along with the dogs and even a few cats. Life here is like travelling into the past to see how humans used to coexist with domesticated animals before we started imprisoning them in dark, cramped, disease infested factory farms.

La Entrada Ecuador Bird

This beautiful blue bird posed for a few pictures. His mate was eating something up in the green foliage to the right of this photo.

The Colorful Buildings of La Entrada, Ecuador

Shell from Villa de Los Sueños has been integral in leading the effort to update the town’s appearance. It was his idea to paint each building a different combination of 3 bright colors, which is a traditional Latin style. I’m not going to narrate each of these photos so just enjoy the colors.

La Entrada Ecuador Street

La Entrada Ecuador Street 2

La Entrada Ecuador School

La Entrada Ecuador Building

La Entrada Ecuador Mural 2

The Murals of La Entrada, Ecuador

Shell has also been instrumental in having the town painted in beautiful, culturally relevant murals. When we visited, we were told that the town currently boasts 26 murals, but the goal is to double that. The artists will be returning this summer to paint even more.

La Entrada Ecuador Mural 1

La Entrada Ecuador Mural 3

La Entrada Ecuador Mural 4

La Entrada Ecuador Mural 5

La Entrada Ecuador Mural 6

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