Monthly archives: July 2018


Puerto Misahualli - Riverboats
JULY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Ecuador is US$s. I stayed a total of 4 nights in Banos at the Hostal Maria Jose. I got a ‘last minute deal’ and paid US$15 / night (down from US$20) for a Double Room (single occupancy) with a Double Bed, Cable TV, and Hot Water Ensuite. It was located 2.5 blocks from the main square and ‘western’ bars. The wifi was unusable and the included Breakfast was very simple (but, typical of what you get in this price range). It was time to move on to […]

Tena – Ecuador – Information



Banos - Foot Bridge
JULY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Ecuador is US$s. I stayed a total of 4 nights in Quito at the Hostal Mediodia. I paid US$10 / night for a room with a Double Bed, Cable TV, and Hot Water Ensuite. But, it was not in the ‘Historical Centre’ (as they advertise) … it was in a ‘slightly rough’ area of town where, ideally, you needed to be back home by 8pm (or, at least, have a taxi take you to the hotel door). When I return to Quito, I will stay in another […]

Banos – Ecuador – Information



Quito - View 1
JULY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at the time of writing was US$1 = C$2,875 (Colombian Peso / COP); for simplicity, I use US$1 = C$3k. Ecuador uses the US$. Our journey starts in Medellin (where I stayed 15 nights in the Posada Casa Santa Fe). I paid under C$24k / US$8 per night for a small Fan Double Room that included Cable TV (no English Speaking channels), wardrobe, fridge, and (small) hot water ensuite. I enjoyed my 2 weeks in Medellin. City-loving GRANDPAckers should definitely come and have a look. … It was time […]

Medellin Colombia – to – Quito Ecuador – Journey



Medellin - From Cable Car
JUNE / JULY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at time of writing was US$1 = C$2,900 (Colombian Peso / COP; I use C$3k = US$1 for simplicity). Previously, I spent 1 month on San Andres Island and Providencia Island. In San Andres I paid C$50k / US$18 per night for a Double Room in a Cabana with cold-water Private Bathroom, Cable TV and Shared Kitchen. In Providencia I paid C$64k / US$24 per night for a small 2 Bedroom Apartment. Both islands were very disappointing. Both of my hotel locations were […]

Medellin – Colombia – Information



Caribbean Islands Map
NOVEMBER 2016 - JUNE 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: For the Central American leg of my GRANDPAcking world trip I targeted several Caribbean Islands off the coast from Belize down to Colombia. I was searching for that ‘idyllic’ GRANDPAcking Standard retirement location. I visited several isands: Ambergris Caye, Belize Caye Caulker, Belize Utila, Honduras Roatan, Honduras Big Corn, Nicaragua Little Corn, Nicaragua Isla Bastimentos, Panama Bocas Del Toro, Panama San Andres, Colombia Providencia, Colombia One of the main attractions of these islands is that they all have an historical link back to the British Empire and, therefore, […]

Coastal Caribbean Islands – Central America – The Ultimate Guide