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On the northern coast of Ecuador we have the province of Esmeraldas. It’s a poor part of the country, but there are some great characters, great food, and great places to see.One of the best places to have an ice cream or snack we just discovered is called Gabelo’s. They’ve got “Granizados”, which is a kind of snow cone thingy named after “Granizo” or hail-the idea is you take hail and add your fruit syrup to flavor it. This place has the best granizados, with fresh passion fruit, blackberry, coconut, or tamarind flavor. Great to have two or three of them a day when it’s about 90 degrees out.Speaking of ice cream, we have the “Pana”. This guy has been on the beach for decades, moving up from three wheel bike to three wheel with a pull cord and motor. We usually get the kids 4 or 5 ice creams a day. Pana sells on credit too.You can get great fresh ceviche on and off the beach. Here we have the Ceviche Maker’s Association. Great spelling in spanish.I don’t know how the Chinese arrive everywhere, or why they choose some of the places they do, but they are everywhere in Ecuador. And they don’t sell just food, but trinkets, souvenirs, shoes, clothing, cars, motorcycles, etc.Chines restaurants in Ecuador are called ¨Chifas.¨I don´t know where this word originated.And you don’t see wiring like this just in small towns. You can find it everywhere.Code enforcement anyone? Do you see a potential fire hazard? Sponge Bob is a favorite too.I haven’t tried this cola, but the message is clear.Litte black girl cola, a party of refreshing flavor. You think they might call this racist in some places?Safe roads and bridges will get you where you want to go. Especially ones with danger signs, stating only one heavy vehicle at a time.  

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Welcome to Destination Ecuador! My family and I have been living in Ecuador for the last four and a half years. We’ve dealt with the worst kinds of red-tape, searched out or ended up making hard-to-find ingredients ourselves, imported equipment for making chocolate confections, learned the import-export business...Continue >>


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