After the fun of the sand dunes we continued north up the coast of Peru and Ecuador, along dusty roads and under overcast skies. We travelled on rickety local buses dropping us seemingly in the middle of nowhere as we stopped at:
HUANCHACO for surfing lessons, sunsets busy with pelicans (as seen above)and grilled seafood;
MANCORA for more surfing, ceviche and attempting to swim in the wild Pacific;
GUAYAQUIL (our first stop in Ecuador), though a bit rough and ready, it has a cute colonial quarter and we had great chats with some school girls in Spanish;
MONTANITA, a party town pouring with rain; OLON, just one beach away from the salsa trance of Montanita, but minus the banging beats and with a gorgeous hostel dog called Linda;
AYAMPE, more of the same, but quieter still; then a small fishing village called PUERTO LOPEZ; and finally MANTA, an expensive Ecuadorian holiday town, where we took a quick trip to Montecristi, the home of the misleadingly named Panama hats.
Angela purchased an official Panama hat from a very unofficial looking shop, but she has the official box to prove it, so it is officially a hat that fits in a wooden box from Ecuador.