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More shots and impressions of Peru...including our trip back "home" to Ecuador--topped off by a great Thanksgiving dinner!

Here are some photos of our trip coming and going from Peru, the beaches of Mancora, and the beaches of the more well to do Punta Sal..

Here are a few more shots of Punta Sal:

For a town that gets 300 sunny days a year, you would expect this airy church...

The smaller fishing boats are a little more developed that the motorized boats in Ecuador.

Speaking of small boats, we see quite of few young men putting out lines or traps from these barely held together rafts...

This manner of raft to carry the fisherman to his fishing for the day, it timeless--could've been BC just as easy...

Rox liked this little bird song each morning--so it came back for crumbs right on schedule...

These are a few more shots of the Royal Cameron...Rox thinks that they might have a thousand lounges...

 

Here is the sign to the place...
These young folks are all over town passing out sales brochures to turistas...

This entry was repainted as we drove in for the first day--a talented young artist painted figures freehand.

Here's a shot of the outside of the little house we called home for our four day visit...

As you enter Peru, you see these majestic trees just putting on their new leaves...you can imagine these providing the "canopy" if the jungle was still growing below them...

 Rox took this shot to show you how nice Punta Sal beach looks in the morning (and all day, too...).   All the locals take pride in making sure that there is not a single piece of trash on the sand...

 

 

Roxanne took these shots of the kinds of vacation homes that dot the beach front.  They are having a building boom here.  

 

With the cliffs in the background, every home is carved out of the hill...some, years ago, and many right now, as the value of land goes up, up, up...

This is a shot of the Border Crossing building, where we check out of Peru, get relieved of our temporary permit to bring a car into Peru, get our Passports stamped.  As usual, there was no waiting.  Coquita had all of her shot records up to date, and a Vet's certificate of health, but nobody at either crossing, coming in or going out, ever checked it.

And another thing, nobody ever asked to see inside our car.

This big silo shaped tower, is sort of the logo for each border crossing building coming and going.  They are about 2 km apart...

 

We've only lived in Ecuador for five years, but it felt like we were definitely "coming home" after we crossed into Ecuador.  First thing we did was enjoy the scenery, and next, we filled up the tank for $21.00

Here is where we ate lunch and took a break from driving...

The GPS device loaned to us by Shell and Marsha guided us right from the border, through the mountains, to the southern part of Azuay Province, where Cuenca is located.  This castle in the distance is purported to be owned by one of the richest men in Ecuador...

We had a perfect end to our anniversary trip, by not having to drive up to 13,000  plus feet, before we dropped into the Cuenca bowl.  We just followed the river right on up to Cuenca...some altitude lightheadedness, but a SinuTab fixed most of the symptoms...

But the best part, was being welcomed by Rich and Nancy, and being ensconced in their wonderful, tastefully, and fully equipped suite, right in the middle of Cuenca...

We have been catching up on news and views for the last couple of days, and topped it off with a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner, given by Barbara and Howard.  The food was great, the talk was fun, and their place was wonderful...

This shot shows some of the fun, but we missed a shot of our hosts--however, we thank them muchisimo for providing the unforgettable taste of home cooked turkey, gravy, and stuffing, with a broccoli cheese dish provided by Nancy and Chuck, and a great scalloped potato dish provided by Charlie and Bruce.  Rich and Nancy brought along five specially home cooked pies to top off a great meal...

Did we eat too much--you bet!!!  But, what a great day!

Posted on Thu, November 22, 2012 at 02:14AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments1 Comment | References5 References

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Our interest turns to a first time visit!
My wife Jane and I have decided to make our first visit to the coastal area around Olon, Ecuador the first two weeks in march! We have researched quite a bit, and would like to hear from some local expats on where to stay, how to get around, and maybe visit with some of you. We truly enjoy reading Todd and Leighs' "Olon Naturally".

Please give us you insights!
Michael

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Higdon

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