Very sad to leave those Enchanted Islands but time to move onwards to Phase Two. Exploration of the Pacific Coast based in the madness of Montanita.
An Easy flight to Guayaquil, a quick taxi to the Central bus station that is The Terminal Terrestre de Guayaquil. We had a quick swallow looking at what was hundreds of buses on three storeys with the absolute swathing Ecuadorian mass on turbo gabble, none speaking a word of English. Deep breath and enter. Turned out to be surprisingly easy to navigate, a couple hits of google translate bought our tickets for the princely sum of $5.75 and we were on our way. To be honest we were still not sure if we were on the correct bus but truthfully we did not really care, we were going somewhere new and that is what travel is about.
We pre booked two nights with a long term option, this was purely done because there were 2 resident dogs on the advertisement. A clean tidy room, fantastic breakfast, almost jungle like and what appeared to be a stealth bomber moth turned up for breakfast…. However, bookings manageress in her canine malaise failed to spot that the hostel was a shared bathroom/toilet… unfortunately this situation gave my beloveds bowels some sort of stage fright so we decided to move, managing to find a surf shack on a surf beach and thankfully it appears that listening to the waves roll in has rectified the situation. Plus there were three dogs! Sally must read the small print.
The original plan while in Montanita was to hit a weeks intensive Spanish course, however after a small meeting we decided that our memories were so bad that it would be a waste of money paying $400 to forget what we had learnt the day before. Our records at school were not that good anyway! For half of that we could have a months gym and paddle board rental. Plus the classroom overlooks the ocean where you can see whales breaching, so really conducive to study.
We have not given up completely and are now in the hands of Spanish with Paul on YouTube, just hope it goes better than Duolingo.
Putting the Spanish Lesson windfall to use we promptly flagged down the bus to Puerto Lopez to try having a few hours with the Humpback Whales before they migrate, they did not disappoint.