Amelia and JP in Cuenca Ecuador

Living Our Unconventional Life

Villa de Los Sueños and La Entrada Ecuador

Ecuador’s Southern Coast Part 4: Villa de Los Sueños and La Entrada (Episode 9)

We LOVED LOVED LOVED our stay at Villa de Los Sueños and La Entrada, Ecuador!!! It was beautiful, relaxing and muy tranquilo! The current owners of Villa de Los Sueños 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 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…

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Ecuador’s Southern Coast Part 3: Puerto Lopez Whale Watching (Episode 8)

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!

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Ecuador’s Southern Coast Part 2: Olón and Montañita (Episode 7)

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!

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Ecuador’s Southern Coast Part 1: Cuenca to La Entrada (Episode 6)

This was our first trip to the coast of Ecuador 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, Ecuador where Villa de Los Sueños is located. La Entrada is about a 20 minute drive north of Montañita, Ecuador….

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Turi Church Stairs, Mall del Rio & Feria Mascotas in Cuenca Ecuador (Episode 5)

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).

We hope you enjoy seeing the beautiful scenery, our shopping experience and the interesting things we see along the way. We’ve also included some Spanish language learning opportunities for you….

Belly Dancing at Fratello Music Festival Sabatinos Artisanal Market Cuenca Ecuador

Belly Dancing at Fratello Vegan, Music Festival & Sabatino’s Artisanal Market in Cuenca Ecuador (Episode 4)

In this video, we visited Sabatino’s artisanal market 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. Then we went to Fratello Vegan for a delicious lunch and belly dancing performed by Academia Profesional de Danza Clásica “Tersícore”.

We hope you enjoy seeing the beautiful organic food, scenery and people of Cuenca, Ecuador. We’ve also included some Spanish language learning opportunities for you.

Mercado 27 de Febrero Organic Thursday Market

Mercado 27 de Febrero Organic Thursday Market in Cuenca Ecuador (Episode 3)

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.

We hope you enjoy seeing the beautiful fruits and veggies, and the interesting people we talk to at our favorite mercado. We’ve also included some Spanish language learning opportunities for you….

Turi Church Hike Cuenca Ecuador

Turi Church Hike in Cuenca Ecuador (Episode 2)

La Iglesia de Turi Ecuador (The Church of Turi) is a beautiful white church situated in the “V” of two mountains on the south side of Cuenca, Ecuador. It can be seen from most places in Cuenca, making it one of Cuenca’s most memorable landmarks.

You can get to Turi by taxi (about $5), by tour bus ($8 from Parque Calderón) or by walking up 439 steps, which is the route we took in the video.

On the day of our hike, there was a Fiesta de Parroquialización de Turi celebrating 165 years since the church was built. The party started at 9am and it was still going strong at 9pm when we went to bed (we could hear it from our house almost 2 miles away).

We hope you enjoy the amazing scenery and interesting people we meet along the way. We’ve also included some Spanish language learning opportunities for you….

Bumba Popup Market El Centro Café Libre in Cuenca Ecuador

Bumba Popup Market, El Centro & Café Libre in Cuenca Ecuador (Episode 1)

Today, we went to the artisanal Bumba Popup Market in Cuenca Ecuador before venturing onward to a popup outdoor textiles market and then to lunch at plant-based/vegan Café Libre restaurant.

We love to visit the artisanal markets like the Bumba Popup Market for fresh, organic, delicious, locally sourced vegan foods.

We hope you enjoy the amazing scenery and interesting people we meet along the way. We’ve also included some Spanish language learning opportunities for you….