Puerto Cayo, Ecuador

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NEW!! October 11, 2019

Welcome to Villa Dos Colinas!!
Puerto Cayo, Ecuador
To our friends in the U.S., please don't worry about reports of riots, etc. in Ecuador.... we are fine, no protests or problems here in our little part of the coast! The problems have been mainly in Quito and/or Guayaquil, although we are still without bus service here in Puerto Cayo, and no one seems to know why.

This all stems from the government withdrawing the subsidies on gas and diesel prices (in effect for decades), and it truly is a hardship on most Ecuadorians. We are just hoping for a positive and quick solution to this situation.

Meanwhile, check out our progress on our rental casita in the latest photos and the slideshow below:

Lunes, 9/30/2019:

Even the beans in Ecuador are colorful! Doug planted the seeds (beans) from a pod we got from our gardener, and the crop has come in! With the great climate, and our good soil, things grow like crazy here.
Beans from our garden

Water line for casita
Martes, 10/01/2019:

Isacio, the cousin of Wilter (who has been working for us for some time now), has started the plumbing work for the casita. Here he is installing the water line to the casita.

Martes, 10/01/2019:

Sunset in Puerto Cayo... and the lights on the Malecon shine brightly. It really is beautiful in the evening from atop our hill...
Sunset

Plumbing continues
Jueves, 10/03/2019:

Running the water line for the shower in the casita.

Viernes, 10/04/2019:

With the plumbing done as far as possible until we get the ceramic floor laid, Isacio begins the tilework with the beautiful ceramic Wilter and Gina picked up in Jipijapa on Tuesday.
Tilework begins

Bathroom water lines
Viernes, 10/04/2019:

Water lines run to both the toilet and sink in the bathroom.

Sabado, 10/05/2019:

Work on the ceramica continues.... these "almond" color tiles are perfect, as the light color makes the whole casita lighter and brighter!
Ceramic floor

Back hill on our property
Sabado, 10/05/2019:

Paulo leaves after working on clearing the back hill. The second hill is mostly cleared at this point - but hopefully can be maintained so that the trees can flourish.

Martes, 10/08/2019:

Paulo worked again today on the back hill, and Woody and Doug check it out.
Back hill on our property

Back hill on our property
Martes, 10/08/2019:

Looking toward the ocean and our house and palapa from the back hill.

Martes, 10/08/2019:

Another view from the back hill... love these huge cactus!
Back hill on our property

Shower tile
Miercoles, 10/09/2019:

Isacio has laid the tile in the shower. It's a beautiful beige toned stone pattern with a great non-slip finish.

Jueves, 10/10/2019:

Showerhead installed in the casita shower.
Shower in casita

Casita
Jueves, 10/10/2019:

Ceramic floor is basically finished... looks great!

Viernes, 10/11/2019:

No, it's not some sort of sculpture... it's Doug's elaborate irrigation system for gray water from the casita!
Casita watering system

Casita kitchen
Viernes, 10/11/2019:

Kitchen sink is plumbed and faucet installed...

Viernes, 10/11/2019:

Toilet and sink have been installed, with a backsplash of ceramic tile behind the sink. All now functional!
Casita bathroom

September 30, 2019

Villa Dos Colinas
The end of September in Ecuador marks the end of verano (summer) in the southern hemisphere - and the coming invierno (winter). That said, it is getting slightly warmer every day - and we again can leave the doors on the ocean open at night for a very comfortable temperature!

Everyone here is talking about the "clima loca", or crazy weather we've been having! More light rain than normal - but the plants have been loving it... these papayas close to our porch are covered with blooms, and the beginnings of fruit. We have already picked several large papayas from our grove of fruit trees in the ravine!

We are still working on finishing up the new casita, and love the way it is turning out. We have actually been constructing "something" for over a year now, and could use a small break! But to be honest, we are loving every minute of life in this beautiful little village!

Check out our progress in the latest photos and the slideshow below:

View a Slideshow!
(September, 2019)

Jueves, 9/5/2019:

The navy is here!! Woke up this morning to two new boats in our little cove... the Ecuadorian Navy. They spent about two days here - no one seems to know "why" - but good to know they're nearby!
Ecuadorian Navy

Bamboo poles
Jueves, 9/5/2019:

Our friend Jose ("El Espanol") gave us two 6-meter huge bamboo for the poles we needed to run the electricity down to the new casita. Doug has been busy painting them before installation.

Jueves, 9/5/2019:

This will give you a better idea of just how large these bamboo are!
Bamboo

Beautiful Egret
Domingo, 9/8/2019:

Quick! Run, get the camera! You never know who will decide to visit... today this gorgeous seabird landed near our fence, and seemed very curious about everything that is here!

Martes, 9/10/2019:

Today we will set the bamboo poles for the electric line. Yes, they are heavy! Paulo and Wilter move them down the hill.
Bamboo pole installation

Tree trimming
Martes, 9/10/2019:

And, a little tree trimming on the way! Doug is totally in his element with 5 acres worth of trees to trim and plants to prune!

Martes, 9/10/2019:

Wilter and Paulo setting the first pole, near where the next guest room will be built.
Setting electric pole

Setting electric pole
Martes, 9/10/2019:

Doug has "pole holding" duty while the guys get the cement.... and Woody wakes up to see what is going on!

Martes, 9/10/2019:

Large rocks go into the hole first, and then will be filled with concrete.
Setting electric pole

Setting electric pole
Martes, 9/10/2019:

Woody supervises as the guys bring more rocks and concrete.

Martes, 9/10/2019:

Our bamboo is not very big... but it is growing really well, near where the guest room will be.
Bamboo plant

Setting electric pole
Miercoles, 9/11/2019:

Pole #2 being installed directly behind the casita.

Miercoles, 9/11/2019:

The bamboo pole is now in place behind the casita... the line will be run from this pole to the breaker box on the back wall of the casita.
Bamboo pole in place

Rocks to direct water flow
Viernes, 9/13/2019:

Wilter has been busy setting the large rocks with concrete to form barriers for the rainfall that will come during the rainy season. With a hill like ours, it is most important to direct the water so as to not erode all the soil.

Viernes, 9/13/2019:

In Ecuador, even the propane gas tanks get their own little casas! The gas line will be run to the casita kitchen from here.
Casa for gas tank

Casita
Viernes, 9/13/2019:

The rental casita front view...

Viernes, 9/13/2019:

Front porch of the casita, looking down at the pathway to the platform which will become a bbq cabana.
Casita front porch

Casita pathway from porch
Viernes, 9/13/2019:

Woody tries out the new pathway from the porch on the oceanside of the casita!

Viernes, 9/13/2019:

Lots of landscaping yet to do!.... but eventually, we hope it will be a beautiful front entrance to our little casita.
Casita front view

View of Cayo
Viernes, 9/13/2019:

A beautiful sunny day in Cayo! Looking north from beside the palapa... the "carne de perro" plants are filling in very nicely along the front of the property.

Viernes, 9/13/2019:

The plants are also filling in very nicely in front of our house! Eventually, the bougainvillea will cover the barbed wire fence in front.
In front of our house

Sandbox for Woody
Lunes, 9/16/2019:

To keep Woody from digging in his plants, Doug thinks a tire filled with sand might give him a place to dig his hole to lay in!

Lunes, 9/16/2019:

Gina and Woody check out the progress on the casita and landscaping.
Gina and Woody

Woody's sandbox
Lunes, 9/16/2019:

Back up the hill, Woody checks out the tire "sandbox" Wilter has made for him! Seems OK...

Sabado, 9/21/2019:

Paulo has transplanted some carne de perro in the planting area in front of the casita. This should spread quickly to cover the entire slope! Also a small areca palm near the steps.
Planting area in front of casita

Casita
Sabado, 9/21/2019:

Back view of casita. You can also see the brick structure for the gas tank that Wilter built.

Sabado, 9/21/2019:

Planting area in front of casita.
Casita

View from back hill
Sabado, 9/21/2019:

Looking toward the front gate, new casita and the ocean from the back hill.

Miercoles, 9/25/2019:

The little house for the gas tank... the brick has been covered with thin layer of cement and painted. Rocks in front to protect from water runoff during rains.
Casa for gas tank

Casita painting
Miercoles, 9/25/2019:

Painting inside walls of casita is underway. A cream color at the top of wall next to the ceiling, with a rose petal color below.

Miercoles, 9/25/2019:

Wilter rides!! A friend loaned Wilter his motorcycle, so for several days he can ride instead of walk to work!
Wilter con moto

Isla de la Plata
Viernes, 9/27/2019:

A few miles off our coast lies the "Isla de la Plata"... when overcast, it is many times hard to see the island. Today, there was a thin layer of light at the horizon making the island clearly visible. Really cool!

Domingo, 9/29/2019:

A pretty Sunday in Ecuador... so Woody and Gina take a walk to check out all the progress. Woody finds a good spot to rest on the porch, in line with the ocean breeze. So, he just "chills" while I take photos.
Casita porch

Casita shower
Domingo, 9/29/2019:

Inside the bathroom of the casita, the walls are now painted a pretty green color. Much of the bathroom walls are brick, but the 3 walls of the shower are painted green.

Domingo, 9/29/2019:

In the bedroom area of the casita, walls are painted "arena" (sand) at the bottom, "rosa" in the middle, and "crema" at the top.
walls painted

Woody
Domingo, 9/29/2019:

Such a "tranquilo" dog! He makes himself comfy wherever he is...

Domingo, 9/29/2019:

Front porch is ready to relax and enjoy... Doug couldn't wait to buy a couple of chairs for the casita!
Casita

Our orchard/grove
Domingo, 9/29/2019:

Looking down into the ravine, if you look closely you can see a huge bunch of green bananas on the tree at the right. On the left, is a big stand of sugar cane!

Domingo, 9/29/2019:

Heading up the drive, the view of the back side of the house and palapa come into sight.
House & palapa

Cabana
Domingo, 9/29/2019:

Our little cabana on the upper drive, which has become a "holding area" for building materials, etc.

Domingo, 9/29/2019:

Another view from the top...


Woody's house
Domingo, 9/29/2019:

Front porch of our house. The "cardboard" forms the wall for Woody's little "house", to protect him from the misty rain blowing onto the porch during the night. It could use a better "aesthetic", but for right now it's functional!

Domingo, 9/29/2019:

This is the reason we're here.... the best view on the Ecuadorian coast!
Our view

View toward casita
Domingo, 9/29/2019:

Looking down the hill toward the new casita... and Puerto Cayo beyond!

See photos from August, 2019