Our decision to go to the Galápagos was a bit of a mistake actually. It’s well known to most backpackers that adding these islands to your itinerary cuts a big chunk out of your budget, even if you do hang out for the last minute cruises. One evening, however, we stumbled across some ridiculously cheap flights online with Avianca Airlines, from Guayaquil to Santa Cruz Island, which seemed too good to be true.
Once considered the “hidden paradise” of Ecuador, Montañita is now a favourite tourist destination for thousands of young people from Europe, the United States, and Latin America. If you Google the town then you’ll read about all-night fiestas, cheap eats, consistent, surfable waves, readily available drugs, and the famous ‘Cocktail Alley’ where the music never stops ringing. It’s also home to the 52nd best club in the world! Now there’s a claim to fame.
Sadly, you’ll also read about the two Argentinian tourists who were murdered on the beach in 2016. To say we were a little apprehensive about spending a month there – especially as I was signed up for a Yoga Teacher Training course – was an understatement.
But, it wasn’t all bad.
Without a doubt, Alison was a major highlight of our stay at Casa del Sol. You know what they say… the way to a man’s (and Caitlin’s) heart is through their stomach.
With a name that literally means “way of the sun” how could we not love this girl?
Who knew being back at school would be so fun? Or maybe that’s just me?
Here’s Sandra with her favourite Ecuadorean fruit, a Naranjilla. It looks like frogspawn, no?