While roaming around the world we make a concerted effort to try the regional specialties of everywhere we travel. It’s been an absolute treat to be able to taste locally prepared food with local ingredients in their native land, as they’re intended to be. We run a weekly series on our […]
Roaming Around the World added 4 new photos — at Isla Santay.
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Roaming around Santay Island! 🏝️
Just across the river from the traffic and honking horns on the streets of Guayaquil, we rolled onto this tranquil island that feels worlds away from the city’s urban sprawl.
There are no cars here, as the long pedestrian bridge only allows walkers and cyclists onto the island. Here, a well-kept network of boardwalks and pathways weave through a mangrove swamp, tropical forest, and palm canopies that are all filled with hundreds of birds. In fact, over 100 different species call this island their home!
Eventually, the winding trails lead to a small fishing village consisting of 235 people that make up 56 families who live in modest homes built up on stilts. We were among the only visitors, so received not only a warm welcome but also a warm meal as the lone customers in the village’s barren open-air “restaurant.” The bridge linking the island is relatively new (2014), as is eco-tourism here. What a great diversion from Guayaquil!
Between this interesting little village and the nature found throughout the twisting pathways, it’s all literally a breath of fresh air so close to the big city! ... See MoreSee Less
Can a 9mm kill a horse? Unlikely unless you’ve got a perfect shot into soft tissue. Best to use something with a little more stopping power.
Great photos as always. What a unique little place!
I’m so glad you posted bike rental information for the island. We were recommend to go there last time we visited GYE, but didn’t make time for it. With kids, we opted for a return trip to Parque Historico and its promise of animals and ice cream 😂
For sure.... you are roaming around the world #OfftheBeatenPath
I find this wholesome in that there are no h*rses present
What a great getaway spot!