Puerto Cayo, Ecuador

Welcome to Gina & Doug's Journey - Join Us on Our Adventure!


NEW!! August 05, 2019

Villa Dos Colinas
Welcome to Villa Dos Colinas!!
Puerto Cayo, Ecuador

Another beautiful day in Ecuador! Our faithful companion, Woody, enjoys one of his favorite spots - near the pool...

The plants continue to grow, and we continue working on the new casita which is coming along quite nicely. This is also "whale watching" season, as the whales have traveled from Antarctica to have their babies in the warm waters off Ecuador - and now they are playfully on their way back south, and visible in the waters off Cayo's beach.

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

View a Slideshow!
(July 24 thru August 3, 2019)

Miercoles, 7/24/2019:

Checking on the progress on the new casita... this is fun! The cana picada is going up on the outside, and our vision of a "rustic, Ecuadorian style" casita is taking shape!
New Casita

Casita front with cactus
Miercoles, 7/24/2019:

Today, half of the roof sections are in place - Doug and I have been busy painting the other half which will go on soon.

We love the cactus on this property, and they are an important part of the landscape plan. Here, the front of the new casita is blending in with the "dry forest" landscape of Manabi Province.

Miercoles, 7/24/2019:

Another view of the front side of casita.
Cut bamboo walls going up

Casita interior
Jueves, 7/25/2019:

Inside the casita... looking west towards the ocean. Brick walls define the bathroom; kitchen along the backside; with living and sleeping area on the front.

Viernes, 7/26/2019:

Maestro Cristobal delivered the gorgeous sign he made for us for the front gate. Gina painted the name (yellow) and a border (blue) that he routered into the wood (again, laurel). After Doug varnishes the sign, it will hang below the roof at our gate.
Property Sign

Painting the cement foundation
Martes, 7/30/2019:

Doug is busy working on painting the cement sides of the stairs and cistern - a nice warm brown color puts on the finishing touch!

Martes, 7/30/2019:

Great job, Doug!
Painting the cement foundation

Casita roof installed
Miercoles, 7/31/2019:

Final roof panels are painted, so the guys finish installing the roof!

Miercoles, 7/31/2019:

We continue to be impressed with the work ethic of our "guys"! Wilter and Santiago have done the bulk of the work on this casita by themselves. Here we simply say "poco a poco"... little by little, and the job gets done!
Casita

Puerto Cayo, Ecuador
Jueves, 8/01/2019:

A beautiful sunny day in Puerto Cayo! When the sun shines, the ocean is the most gorgeous blue color... and again, Woody enjoys his spot on top of the world next to his pool!

Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Our palapa, pool and house from the "backside"... the landscaping is slowly filling in, and all the plants have been growing like crazy with the rain we've been having.
Driveway side of our home

Oceanview from the drive
Jueves, 8/01/2019:

At the end of the drive behind our house...this is one of the pretty views of the ocean. Doug heads down the hill towards the new casita.

Jueves, 8/01/2019:

View from the drive behind our house...Doug has finished painting the sides of the cistern; and he recently trimmed all the "vetiver" grass, which will eventually grow almost together to form a barrier to stop water erosion. Great stuff, which we were introduced to by our grading contractor.
Backside of our house

Yucca de raton
Jueves, 8/01/2019:

On the way down the path to the little casita, this plant blooms...not sure if it's considered a "weed" or not, but we have many on the property. Our gardener called it a "yucca de raton" (literally, mouse yucca) - not sure why, but I think it's pretty!

Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Wilter and Doug lay out a walkway and steps to reach the front porch of the casita from the pathway that runs from the front gate up to our house.
Casita walkway

Front of casita
Jueves, 8/01/2019:

The view towards the ocean from in front of the casita. We envision a "garden area" for vegetables in the area near the casita.

Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Northwest corner of the casita. The front porch runs the length of the building (with a great ocean view!)... windows in the bedroom area and bathroom on the oceanside.
Side view

Backside of casita
Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Backside of the casita, with high windows in bathroom and kitchen...lower window in kitchen over the sink. Walls are brick with cana picada (cut bamboo).

Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Southeast side of the casita.
Casita

Inside the casita
Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Inside the casita. Work has begun on the layer of cement which covers the bamboo on the side walls. No cracks or holes to let in bugs or the "elements"...

Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Looking towards the front porch from inside the living area. There is one large window, and another smaller window with bamboo poles beside the front door.
Casita progress

Casita kitchen
Jueves, 8/01/2019:

View of kitchen and brick wall enclosing the bathroom.

Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Here you can better see where the cement has been applied to the inside of the bamboo wall. This will then be painted - and Gina is going to paint some "tropical foliage" on the walls. We'll let you know how that turns out!
Casita front wall

Walkway to casita
Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Wilter works on the walkway to the casita. The rocks bordering the walk are cemented in place, and gravel will then be added between the two rows of rocks. Cement steps will be poured up to the porch.

Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Front of casita.... great view of the ocean from the path and the porch!
Front of casita

Front of property
Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Paulo working to clean out the area in front of the casita, near the front fence line. (View from the driveway outside the gate.)

Jueves, 8/01/2019:

View from the street below our entranceway. The vetiver is growing well here also - hopefully we won't lose any more soil from the rains.
View near property entrance

View from the street
Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Taken from the street which runs beside our property to our entrance.

Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Closer up on the street at the bottom of the hill. The two story palapa makes a very imposing sight.... both from the coastal highway, and the highway to Jipijapa to our east!
View of the front of our home

Our cabana
Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Our "casa primera" (the septic tank!), the first thing built on the property, has turned out to be one of the most useful things here. Located off the drive directly behind the house, we find ourselves using it for a "staging" area for storing water bottles/beer cases, etc. to take to town for refills...

Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Great view on a beautiful day! The "carne de perro" plants beside the stairs are growing like crazy, and so thick & pretty...
Million dollar view!

The View
Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Another million dollar view!

Jueves, 8/01/2019:

Yes, life is definitely good in Ecuador!.... Woody enjoys another of his favorite spots. From here, he can see everything happening on the highway (that is, when his eyes are open!)...
Woody guarding his house!

Papayas
Jueves, 8/01/2019:

A "group" of papaya trees near our house... we were told that papayas would not produce fruit if there was more than one tree in a location - but these appear to have the beginnings of fruit forming.... we'll see!

Jueves, 8/01/2019:

It wouldn't be home without a pepper bush or two...our most productive "ahi" bush is right off our front porch. Although, Doug has to fight off the mockingbirds occasionally, as they seem to love these extremely hot peppers!
Ahi bush

Porch steps
Lunes, 8/05/2019:

The steps to the front porch of the casita are now done....much easier than trying to climb up the hill.

Lunes, 8/05/2019:

Looking up the pathway from the front gate towards the new casita. Wilter did a great job in connecting the path to the walkway and steps to the porch!
Pathway from front gate

Fishing boats return
Lunes, 8/05/2019:

It's a beautiful sunny Monday in Puerto Cayo...great day for watching the fishing boats return with their catch. They all return to the same spot on the beach which they call the "marina".

See photos from July, 2019