Today’s post is a throwback to last year’s November. Around this time, last year I traveled to Ecuador with my friend Kim, in order to visit our friend Vanessa, as she was getting married. So far it has been one of the greatest trips I have done. We spent 10 days like queens, we did visit a lot of places and got to know very closely Ecuadorian culture.
I found it very hard to make the selection. I believe these are the most significant and most representative photos of the trip. I hope you like it :) .
Event at Vanessa's family house
During our first days in Guayaquil we did some sightseeing on the city, as well as, chilling at the Tennis Club. The next couple of days we traveled all along the Ecuadorian coast. We did our first stop in Las Salinas, where, we had a wonderful lunch at the Yatch Club and we could even enjoy a pleasant journey with the boat. Later that day we headed for the “Sun’s Route” aka “Spondylus Route“. We visited really cool places, such as Montañita. It was amazing.The beaches are gorgeous and the coastline really looks like paradise. As we were with Vanessa, we had the opportunity to eat typical Ecuadorian food. I remember that on our way back we stopped by on a remote place, where we eat a delicious mango pie.
On our way back we stayed for a night in Capaes, a lovely town where we spent the whole day at the beach and the pool.
The next day we drove back to Guayaquil, as the civil weeding was celebrating that night. It was such a nice ceremony, only family members attended to this event, apart from Kim and I, that those days we were also part of the family. :)
Las Salinas / Capaes / Montañita
Civil Wedding Dress Rinascimento (Lemon Bilbao) / Shoes Cuplé
The following day Kim and I flew to Quito and stayed at Viviana’s, Vanessa’s friend, place. We stayed there for two days and visited the most important places. Quito has a very high altitude (2,850 m) and the weather is nowhere near as good as in Guayaquil. It was crazy! During our coastline route we were enjoying the sun, whereas, in Quito we had to wear jacket and tights. It was al least 10ºC less! The city is very nice, although it’s really polluted and traffic jams can take forever. However, I must admit that is a nice city and have wonderful historical buildings. As you may know, the city center of Quito is part of the UNESCO‘s World Heritage, since it has the best-preserved and least altered historic centre in Latin America.
“The middle of the World ” was obviously one of the must seeing places. It is pretty tricky, though! The thing is that there are two Middles of the World. On the one hand, it is the old version of the Middle of The World, where a 30 meters high monument was built around 1979, as it was believed that the Ecuador passed through this particular place. On the other hand, just 5 minutes far way by walk from here, it is the Intiñam Museum, where there real Middle of the World, according to the GSP, is located.
Ciudad del Mitad del Mundo / Museo Intiñan / Quito Ciudad
After those two great days in Quito, it was finally the big day. We took a flight early in the morning and arrived in Guayaquil just in time to enjoy a morning at the spa and have a relaxing day with Vanessa before the wedding. In the afternoon, we already started to get ourselves ready for the wedding. It was really exciting to witness how Vanessa was getting ready at the Hilton, while we were having our make up done. There were also some stressful moments and last minutes hitches, but eventually everything went extremely well.
Bodorrio Guayaquil Dress Ugo Zaldi / Clutch and Shoes Zara
Vanessa and Agustin got married at the old town church of Guayaquil and the banquet was hold outdoor, in a plaza next to the river, on the very center of the old town. The access was banned and only wedding guests were allowed to get into the area. Everything was lavishly and nicely decorated, it was indeed one of the greatest weddings I have ever been so far. Everything was just perfect, it was even better than a fairytale. I have to admit though, that during the party we, well I, drunk to much Tequila ;) .The following day I had the worst hangover ever! As soon as we got on plane I fell asleep and didn’t wake up, literally, until we arrived in Madrid!
Our experience in Ecuador, couldn’t have been better. Vanessa and Agustin made our trip marvelous, they have been wonderful hosts. Besides, I am very grateful to their relatives as well, for making us fell like home. I am very glad that I had the opportunity to know such a wonderful country and such a wonderful people. I really wish them all the best! :)
Muchísimas gracias Vanessa y Agustin por este magnifico viaje! Os deseo lo mejor! Un besazo! :)
*As you can see, some pictures were taken with the phone. Excuse photos quality.