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Quirky restaurant in Vilcabamba yesterday

Vilcabamba and Loja


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Edit from January 2019: Shanta's Bar still seems to be going strong!

I left Vilcabamba this morning and am now killing time at Loja bus terminal before I go on to the airport at Catamayo for my flight to Quito.

For dinner last night in Vilcabamba I had some pizza at the quirky Shanta's Bar. The place was filled with decorations and souvenirs; some hung from the ceiling, others were nailed to pillars and the side of the bar top, others stood on the bar or were stuck to the walls. These decorations and souvenirs included; starfish, small animal skulls, coins, banknotes (mainly US dollars, but there was a 10 Real note from Brazil and a 1 Lempira note from Honduras), handwritten notes from customers from around the world (Dutch, English, Thai, Russian, Arabic), old black and white photos, a giant dreamcatcher, a gigantic white candle that had clearly been burning for months if not years, a bowl of cacao pods, cacti in pots, a colourful wooden bird mask, lots of cowboy hats woven from straw or reeds, a big tarnished metal bell, sets of panpipes, very wide dried leaves, curled-up whips, a guitar, curved colourful wooden medallions hung on strings from a piece of wood, machetes, a two-man log saw, a poster showing a set of nine men with extremely elaborate curly moustaches, a thermometer and a wooden engraving of a rodeo rider on his horse.

On the kitchen door, which was behind the bar, there was a silver cross; next to the bar there were bar stools made of wooden posts, each with an old-fashioned saddle on top. Moths fluttered around the lights and the barman/waiter had a cowboy hat and a large curly moustache.

Unfortunately none of my photos of the place turned out very well:

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Posted by 3Traveller 12:58 Archived in Ecuador Tagged ecuador vilcabamba loja

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