February 06, 2012

Our Observations about Bahia de Caraquez

Aaaaaaah Bahia...pretty, picturesque, rugged beauty (when you're not looking at the condos, clean...too condo-ish. Our first impression of Bahia was of amazement because it was a clean and quiet little coastal town. One whole side of the peninsula is lined with condos and it was barren. This video is what we observed. The video is going to be expanded upon in more detail in our coastal Ecuador guidebook...The bottom line is Bahia is not for everyone, so see what you can glean from the video. Living in Bahia full time will greatly depend on your needs and circumstances, and only you can figure that out. BTW, we're still at the coast and we have visited several more cities on the coast so stay tuned!

February 04, 2012

Review of Coco Bongo Hostal in Bahia de Caraquez

There are several hostals in Bahia, ranging from $10 to $100 a night. We checked out several hostals in Bahia and the best rate as far as value/amenities is Coco Bongo. Here in Ecuador "Hostal" or better known has "hostel" means "hotel". The first night in Bahia we stayed in a $60 night hotel, which was nice and charming but $60 a night was not in our frugal budget so we trekked the streets of Bahia looking for a more budget-minded hostal that suited our needs just the same.

Staying at a hostal does not necessarily mean sharing rooms or bathrooms with others, although it can mean that and there are many such backpackers/budget type hostals like this throughout Ecuador. Even though we are frugal we prefer a private room with private bath. This is a review of the Coco Bongo Hostal in Ecuador.

February 03, 2012

Taking a Water Taxi from Bahia to San Vicente Ecuador

San Vicente is a small village located across the bay of Bahia. You can see Bahia from San Vicente. In this video we took a water taxi across the Chone river estuary and then took a motorized trike or "tuck tuck" around the small town of San Vicente. Scroll down to see more of San Vicente!

February 01, 2012

City and Beaches of Bahia de Caraquez ~ Day 2

We like Bahia a lot. The weather here is more up to (Angie's) standards. It is rainy season right now but it hasn't rained that much. What it does here is it rains then stops and slightly clears up...the warmth is wonderful! Bahia is not for everyone, however. It is a sleepy and quiet little city most of the time except for when "Carnival" comes in February and during Holidays. The city is very clean and safe. There is no fear when walking around in the city. Everyone is VERY helpful and nice just like in Cuenca!

This particular video and the photos in it were taken early in the morning, around 7:30am. This town does not fully wake up until after 9:00am, when at that time, people start opening up shop and going about their business. We think the condos you see in the video are vacation homes, since there is never much traffic or people on the bay side of the city.  Please scroll down below the video to see all of our Bahia Adventures!


Travel by Bus from Guayaquil to Bahia ~ Day 1

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