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Ecuador Roadtrip

Travelling experience

Ecuador around the world
The “Ruta del Spondylus”
Food, adventure, night life

Learning about my culture
Personal experience.

For many people the word “travelling” can have many meanings. Some people would consider that If you don’t get in a plane then you’re not really travelling, or that if you don’t go shopping in the place you are visiting then you’re not really travelling either. However, for many people, especially foreigners, travelling is more of a learning experience. You can get to know different cultures, people, customs, food, infrastructure, history, music, languages, dialects and so on. There is a specific kind of trip called “roadtrip”. Roadtripping started as a hippie thing, it’s basically about driving around to different cities, towns, countries without a plan. You can either end up in a nice hotel or at a road motel and both will make you feel or give you the same comfort; even there will be times when you will have to sleep in your own car.

Ecuador is most known around the world as a touristic place; actually, most known by foreigners than by their own people (Ecuadorians). I’ve met a lot of foreigners, from different countries, from the US, Europe, Middle East, Latin Americans and so on, and most of them know Ecuador for their beaches and especially for Galapagos Island. We are supposed to teach other people about our country; unfortunately, it turns out that foreigners know way too much more than we do. There is a German photographer that published a book about Ecuador, with amazing pictures and he took the time to visit every part of our country it Is beautiful how everybody but US appreciate, respect and talk about our country. I had the chance to start a road trip a week ago with my family for 6 days, it was an amazing experience.
My family and I wanted to visit every beach at the “Ruta del Spondylus” which is a coastal route that starts at Salinas and it ends at Esmeraldas. We actually drove through the whole route, it was pretty amazing. We stopped at many beaches; such as, Montana, Olon, Salango, Puerto Lopez and so on... I was very happy that for the very first time I get to travel like that with all of my family, and now I realize how beautiful is my country and how many different activities I can do and things to learn. The route of the Spondylus known priory as “route of the sun”, has tropical jungles, mangrove forests, fishing places and sandy beaches, all these are all found along the 1,200-mile (2,000 kilometer) that constitutes Ecuador's Pacific Coast. What got my attention is the new transit rules. It was pretty shocking to see how many signs the road had, especially the speed limits signs. At one point you will have a 50 km (speed limit sign) and all of the sudden 10 meters later you will find a 100 km (speed limit sign). Rules have changes, but I’m pretty sure this new signs all over the route are completely meaningless, it doesn’t make sense to change your speed from 50 km to 100 km in 5 seconds. Personally, I believe that it’s less dangerous to so it our way.
Other than crazy speed limits sings, I loved the route, my favorite place was Atacames because of the long beach and calm water, the weather was pretty amazing as well. Food was incredible; I got to try different things, at Atacames I ate fish with a coconut flavor, it was delicious. When I got to the beach I did parasailing, is when you are tied at a boat and you fly holding to a huge chute, you feel like you’re a bird. You can do many other activities at the sea. Finally the best thing for adults is the night life, you have a big variety of bars that open until very late and drinks are very very cheap. I can compare it a little to Montanita at night but Atacames has better places.
To conclude I can say that there are a lot of things to know about our country, different places to visit, flavors to taste, sports to play, and more. It will be very nice of us if we take the time to know our roots and visit places in our country instead of visiting other countries. I truly believe that is necessary to visit our country before we even plan about going somewhere else. There are so many humble people working for tourism that we might be able to help, by getting to know them and showing them to the world. As an easy example, the 70% of money income in BANOS is tourism, so we have to make a difference and support our country. My family roadtrip was an amazing experience, so many stories to tell. I definitely won’t stop recommending this trip.

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