Ecuador - Bahía de Caraquez & Vicinity

[May 2006 - October 2006]


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Montecristi is the home of the "Panamá" hat; this beauty's parents make and sell the genuine item.

Pedicabs are abundant, inexpensive and widely used in Bahía de Caraquez, Ecuador.

Market day at Bahía de Caraquez brings an abundance of produce to the city.

After a week or more in port, this felucca attached a new rudder, hoisted its sails and made us look unskilled by sailing out of Bahía de Caraquez.

Miguelito is a 99 year old Galapagos tortoise who lives in a schoolyard and is cared for by the children.

Judy of Encanto selects from offerings of a mobile panaderia, Bahía de Caraquez, Ecuador.

A fisherman negotiates with a customer on market day at Bahía de Caraquez, Ecuador.

Artwork celebrating Bahía lines the walls of the malecon.

Bahía de Caraquez from the roof of the museum.

A vintage fishing boat called a felucca of Portugese design, careened on the beach at Bahía de Caraquez.

Spying us taking photos on market day, this police officer signalled he wanted us to photograph him too.

Museum guide Carlos and Philip view the Rio Chone from the rooftop terrace.

Waterview real estate can be had for reasonable rates here at Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador.

A not-so-typical Ecuadorian SUV waiting for the ferry to cross from Bahia de Caraquez to San Vicente

Poverty exists in the shadow of opulence, Bahía de Caraquez, Ecuador.

From the stairs above the city the view is expansive of Bahia de Caraquez and the Rio Chone.

Bruce of 5th Element helps with Philip's haircut in Puerto Amistad's garden.

A gallina criolla described as more savory but a little tougher than your average bird.

It's a slow day for this ice cream vendor at the playa, Bahía de Caraquez, Ecuador.

The Maria Magdelena careened in the Rio Chone at low tide, Bahía de Caraquez, Ecuador.

A typical street scene Bahía de Caraquez, Ecuador.

Lovely Puerto Amistad, run by Tripp and Maye Martin, is the cruisers sanctuary in Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador.

Futbol fans celebrate Ecuador's participation in the World Cup, June 2006.

Ecuadorian World Cup mania has infected even visiting cruisers. Canadian Marilyn of the vessel Icarian dressed her moose for game 3 against Germany.

Puerto Amistad's mascot Sunshine dressed for futbol.

Students pose with friend Bruce (boat 5th Element) while awaiting ferry to San Vicente, Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador.

A vintage landing craft ferry lands at San Vicente to ferry passengers and vehicles to Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador.

Beach buggy in San Vicente, near Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador

Interesting palm and bamboo palapas line the beach at San Vicente on the eastern shore of the Rio Chone, near Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador

Pedicab and local bus, San Vicente, Ecuador.

Beach burro brays for attention, Canoa, Manabí, Ecuador.

Jack and Hermy (Iwa), Hope and Rich (Ceilidh), Marilyn and Brian (Icarian) and Philip prepare for almuerzo at Hotel Bambu, Canoa, Ecuador.


Bruce of vessel 5th Element with friends Olenka, Anita and Cristian, Hotel Bambu, Canoa, Ecuador.

During the dry season cool weather predominates in Ecuador. Beach at Canoa, near Cabo Passado.

Jack and Hermy of Iwa enjoying the beach in Canoa, Ecuador, June 2006.



Jake keeps the off watch company while on passage to Ecuador from Panamá.

Jake checks Leslie's navigation while on passage to Ecuador from Panamá.

Philip attempts a repair of Carina's radar after arriving in Bahía de Caraquez, Manabí, Ecuador.