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Seduced by the Ecuadorian coast

Olón, La Entrada and Guayaquil


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I've felt it before, I felt it today and I'm sure I will feel it again before I leave Ecuador in July. I'm talking about the irresistibly seductive call of the coast. I can totally see why people come here and never leave; the sunshine, the casualness of life, the amazing seafood, the waves, the remains of ancient cultures... cocktails and nightlife if you want it, isolation and peace if you want it... Beaches aren't what Ecuador is known for, but in my opinion they are very underrated.

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Today we went to where SD's friend is living at the moment, a house a little further up the road from Olón. What a fantastic location - walk through his back garden and out of the gate and you are on the beach.

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The sun was beating down as nearly all of us got in the sea.

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After a lovely, long, refreshing swim, I did a bit of beachcombing; the tide was quite far in, but amongst the row of rocks at the edge of the sand, I saw several pieces of quartz and colourful pebbles.

After drying off by the pool, we walked along the beach to a tiny village called La Entrada. As I mentioned, the tide was in, so several times we had to scramble along rocks because the sand had disappeared. After ten to fifteen minutes we reached some steps from the beach up to the village. We walked along a back path, past fishing nets laid out in the sun, to the village centre. Blue fishing boats were pulled up on the sand.

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There were two outdoor restaurants, so we sat down at one and had a late lunch; in my case, shrimp soup with pasta in it and a plate of fish, rice and salad.

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After walking back to the house near Olón to pick up our stuff, we managed to flag down a bus going directly to Guayaquil. The journey was about two and a half hours long and we arrived just as it was starting to get dark.

Photos of Hostal Bambino in Olón plus the views from the dorm balcony:

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Posted by 3Traveller 12:19 Archived in Ecuador Tagged coast beach hostel ecuador explorations ecuadorian_cuisine

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