Note: Blog name changed from My Life in Ecuador to Emily in Ecuador on March 31, 2018

I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Get to know Puerto Lopez, Ecuador through 26 April posts corresponding to alphabet letters.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Quake: Puerto Lopez two years after a 7.8 rocked Ecuador #AtoZChallenge

April 16, 2016 at 6:58pm, a 7.8 earthquake shook Ecuador's coast. If you have not read my reliving of that night in Puerto Lopez, find it here

Some have asked what the buildings in the photos look like now. What follows are the photos from April 17, 2016 and the same location two years later.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Palo Santo products made in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador #AtoZChallenge



For centuries, Palo Santo has been used for it's healing and cleansing properties. The tree grows in coastal areas of South America, is in the citrus family, and smells of pine, mint and lemon. It is a relative of Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. Palo Santo translates to "Holy Wood" or "Sacred Wood" in English.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Oeste de Puerto Lopez (West of Puerto Lopez), Ecuador #AtoZChallenge




You may be surprised to learn that if you cross the Pacific ocean 993 kilometers from Puerto Lopez, you will be in Ecuador. Specifically, you will be in the Galapagos Islands' Puerto Baquerizo Moreno


Monday, April 16, 2018

Nets, Fishing Nets Made in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador #AtoZChallenge




As you walk around Puerto Lopez, you will likely find someone working on a fishing net. One of the steps in creating a new net is to string rope between two posts and attach the net. As one long section is completed, the rope is moved along and retied, finished portion on the ground. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Lights Reflecting Off the Ocean, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador #AtoZChallenge




Stand at the end of the Puerto Lopez pier after dark. Street, building, and beach cabana lights dance to create a symphony of color reflecting off the water. The photo for E (see Emily in Puerto Lopez here) is a daytime picture from the spot above. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Javico, A Puerto Lopez Grocery Store #AtoZChallenge



You will find several grocery stores in Puerto Lopez. Family owned and run Comercial Javico is one of the two largest. The store is on the main through street, the only stoplight is a few steps away. If you click here to view it on Google Maps, you can see Javico is right in the middle of Puerto Lopez.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Internet Cafes in Puerto Lopez #AtoZChallenge




Many families in Puerto Lopez (and much of Ecuador) do not have internet at home. They do have internet needs - communicating with family abroad or school children who need to perform research. Internet cafes (cyber cafes) throughout Puerto Lopez fill both needs. You lease computer access for 15 minute intervals.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Dolphins - Puerto Lopez #AtoZChallenge




Dolphin pods sometimes play in Puerto Lopez bay. They swim too quickly for me to photograph.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

Revitalizing an Ecuadorian Coastal Village #WATWB

Residents of La Entrada are revitalizing their poor Ecuadorian village with a new destination wedding church, artwork and town improvements. Shell and Marsha Spivey, expat owners of a popular bed and breakfast, Villa de Los Sueños, have been vital to the efforts.

From this article about the revitalization:

From March 5 to March 11, artists from all over Ecuador came to La Entrada to paint giant murals throughout the village, in what is Phase 2 of an innovative renewal project for the small town aimed at revitalizing the spirit of the people and the town’s economy.

Artwork in La Entrada
Photo from CuencaHighLife article