Journal

A Quick Coast In Ecuador

After spending a good month away from the coast we arrived in Atacames. As we don't have anything good to write on this place, we found ourselves on a bus to Mompiche. We have heard that one of Ecuadors best left hand points is here. On arrival we weren't expecting much as the swells were travelling in the wrong direction. We were right, there wasn't much to spark the eye brows and twitch the nose. We are very excited to come back here one day and experience what we could see of the amazing potential that this place was letting us lick. In this quiet chilled out town, we were able to have the tail of my board fixed. One side of the swallow tail had almost completely snapped of during transit from Brasil to Ecuador.

The next town we stopped at is called Canoa. This town carries a relaxed vibe with the potential for raucous parties and not world class but a whole beach of waves. The waves seem to carry a sweet flavour of Boat Harbour without the power. This is where we met a couple of friends Justin and Hein. Not a bad place to kick back at and pass some time relaxing.

We have been in contact with Triff and heard that he was in Ayampe. So this is where we have decided to head too. With thoughts in the back of our heads that we would come back to the coast of Ecuador, this wasn't an issue missing so much. En route to Ayampe, we stopped at Puerto Lopez with Justin our friendly translator. Here we ventured on a tour with Justin to Isla de la Plata, which is supposed to be the poor mans Galapogos Island. On the trip to the island we saw up to 10 whales, Blue Footed Boobies and a turtle. Not a terribly exciting adventure. With not much else to do in this town, we said goodbye to Justin and bused 20 minutes down the road to Ayampe.

The Jungle, The Andes In Ecuador

We made it, after leaving our hostel in Salvador at 1pm and arriving in Quito at 2pm the following day after 4 flights. Yes 25hrs in transit and we felt knacked. This journey involved flying from Salvador to Rio de Janeiro, flying from Rio to Buenos Aires and landing there at 1am. Our next flight was supposed to leave at 6am for Guayaquil and then onto Quito. This was not our fault. We booked through Webjet who foiled our first itinerary and then failed a second time. They compensated us for the 3rd itinerary which was 25hours and cost about $AUD200 more than the original itinerary. This soon eventuated into our worst 25 hours in transit.

When landing at the Buenos Aires airport at 1am; Our first task was to track down some drinking water before finding a makeshift bed. We were really in for it. We exchanged some Brasilian Reals for some Argentinian Pesos. Pushed a coin into the first drink machine only to have the drink fall down and break the door rendering our drink safe from our consumption. After battling with the drink machine with the help of a security guard we moved on. Every other machine was broken that we could find. We found an information desk and told them the story. They gave us a token for another drink machine. Bronnie went off in pursuit of this machine as I watched our luggage. Soon after she had left looking confident she was already on her way back looking frustrated. My heart sank. "Aggggh the machine ate the token and didn't do anything" Said Bronnie. We went to the information desk and told our story. In the end we bought some water from a cafe after changing more money because of the extravagant prices they were charging. It was now close to 3am when we gave up looking for a comfy bed and settled for a metal bench seat with mettle arm wrests. Half sleeping on high alert isn't fun.