We know the North beaches from Manta to Atacames intimately and we feel blessed to have gotten to know some of the townsfolk on a more personal basis while we researched and wrote the DIY Ecuador Coast Guide Book. (Take note, clicking on the photos will enlarge them for a better view.)
|2013 Pedernalas Square|
However that doesn't mean they couldn't use more helping hands. Ecuador is going through a devastating time, especially the coastal people and they will need all the help they can get from those who are generous to volunteer their time and or money.
Pedernales Ecuador is one of several fishing towns that was decimated during the earthquake, leaving thousands of people homeless and to deal with the aftermath of earthquake destruction. And that's why we want to share a little bit about the village of Pedernales with you so you can get an idea of what this village once was and will be again in the future.
|North Ecuador Coast - Pedernales Ecuador|
In fact for those who bought the DIY Coastal Guide Book they will notice, we call the town of Pedernales "The Diamond in the Rough" and for good reason. It's a gem and still is a gem.
|Pedernales Ecuador 2013|
|Screenshot taken from DIY Ecuador Coastal Landing Guide|
Frank and Angie Arriving in Pedernales Ecuador
We observed the people of Pedernales as being humble and peaceful people. In fact, we noticed right away there were no pushy salesmen trying to get us to buy something like the other beach towns, which can get annoying after awhile. We literally had to run from pushy sales people in Puerto Lopez and Salinas during tourist season.
|screenshot from DIY Coast Guide chapter 19|
|Town of Pedernalas 2013|
An earthquake cannot destroy or take away the Spirits of the Ecuadorian people because that is something special and unique that belongs to each individual. As we are viewing in many of the videos online about the earthquake aftermath, Ecuadorians will remain strong in Spirit, banning together and rebuilding their towns and villages to what they once were.
|Pedernalas Ecuador 2013|
Cruising Pedernales on a moto-taxi
Do you want to see more coastal Ecuador? Check out the posts below.
- Portoviejo 6th Largest City in Ecuador (This bustling town was hit hard by the earthquake. This is what it looked like in 2013)
We're an Expat Family of Five, Living Frugal, Healthy and Happy Abroad. We live in Cuenca, Ecuador and travel the Ecuador coast whenever we get a chance. We just adventured throughout the country of Panama for five weeks! Come along and enjoy some of our experiences with us!