We are on the road again in Ecuador. We land in Guayaquil on time at 4:30 AM Sunday after uneventful flights. Our sons Paul and Jim, daughter-in-law Sally, and Paul's girlfriend Kara are joining us for two weeks, then we will remain in Ecuador for ~ 2 months.
We have hired Patricio with his 12- 14 passenger people mover to drive us from Guayaquil to Olon, and he is waiting for us after baggage claim with a smile on his face. The drive to Olon gives us a small glimpse of the city and suburbs of Guayaquil, and then the sandy soils that lead to the beach areas. Occasionally there is something a little different - coffee plantations, banana groves, even an area where they evaporate seawater and produce salt. Paul is interested in the two separate long stretches of well-developed bicycle paths which parallel the highway.
The 4 bedroom 4 bath home is very nice, and the caretaker (sister of the owner) is happy to show us about the house and around the town. We make note of the restaurants and location of the tienda's and grocery store.
Sunday evening we try out an outdoor BBQ place. The owner has a small canopy area as well as tables in the streets. The entrees consist of rice and beans along with your choice of beef, chicken or chorizo with either a smaller piece beef or chicken. He BBQ's in front of us on grills fashioned from 55 gallon drums which are cut in half. Amazingly, everything is extremely clean. The six of choose a variety of options. There's a general agreement that the beef is tasty, but the chorizo and chicken are better. The servings of rice and beans are more than ample and quite good. Six entrees with five liters of beer and a bottle of water served al fresco on a very pleasant night totals $28. Awesome.