22.03.2013 - 27.03.2013
We have continued to make our way down the Ecuadorian coast. Manta is a port city and self-proclaimed tuna capitol. Not a terribly interesting city, but we found a couple nice hangouts. Decent beach, especially for a city.
Next, we spent a couple nights in Puerto López. Fishing town. Fun to watch the fishermen arrive with their catch in the morning and sell to the local restaurants and vendors.
On a half-day boat ride to a nearby island, we saw blue-footed boobies and other seabirds. Snorkeled some, but since it was cloudy, it was tough to see much. Nevertheless, it was fun to swim and hang out on the beach. We got an extra show on the way back, when the captain and first-mate ran a couple fishing lines off the back. One of the lines caught the other. Oops. The captain did an impressive job of untangling and salvaging both lures, leaders, and most of the line. Sadly, no fish.
Puerto López has an OK beach, but not nearly as clean as Canoa. The streets are REALLY dusty. Hence, everything in the Jeep was dusty. But problem solved: some dirtbag took all our dusty stuff off our hands. Sigh.
We have dealt with a lot of theft on this trip. One of the hazards of having a soft-top Jeep, I suppose. Thankfully, the most valuable stuff was in our hopefully secure trunk--can't get in there without a key. However, they got all our clothes that weren't in our bag that we take into the motel. And the GPS. We give up on GPS; it's maps and the car compass from here on. Clothes can be replaced, but this is getting tiresome. People just should not steal. Muy mala karma.
We are now in the sleepy town of Olón. It is really sleepy today, because we (the whole town) are without power. No problema. Beautiful beach that seems to go on forever--clean, and best so far in Ecuador. Friendly folks. Great seafood shacks on the beach. And a bar/restaurant with good music, fun kids, an impressive pizza oven, and a superb chef.
And hey, we're traveling light. Not much more for them to take.