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AUGUST 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 got a ‘last minute deal’ and paid US$10 / night (down from US$15) for a Double Room (single occupancy) with a Double Bed, Cable TV (with several English speaking channels), (poor) in-room WiFi, and a Hot Water Ensuite. It was on the edge of the ‘historical centre’: The streets around the hotel were very ‘uninspiring’ … there were no nice cafes nor bars to while-away-the-time in. I found myself getting away from […]

Canoa – Ecuador – Information


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



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


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



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


JUNE 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at the time of writing was US$1 = C$2,900 (Colombian Peso / COP). To keep things simple, I use C$3k = US$1. I stayed in El Centro, San Andres Island a couple of weeks earlier. I stayed 3 nights in the Posada Nativa Tristan Centro. I paid C$72k / US$26 per night for a large Double room with Cable TV (2 English Speaking channels) and an annex that had a dining table and a small fridge. I made a mistake. The hostel was too far from the beach, it […]

San Andres – Colombia – Information



JUNE 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at the time of writing was US$1 = C$2,900 (Colombian Peso / COP). I came from El Centro, San Andres Island. I stayed 3 nights in the Posada Nativa Tristan Centro. I paid C$72k / US$26 per night for a large Double room with Cable TV (2 English Speaking channels) and an annex that had a dining table and a small fridge. I made a mistake. The hostel was too far from the beach and the area had no nice restaurants nor bars. … It was time to […]

Providencia – Colombia – Information


MAY 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). Previously, I stayed a total of 3 nights in Riohacha. I stayed in an hostel 1 block from the beach (the Mi Cassona). I paid C$60k / US$20 per night for a small Double Room with cold-water Private Bathroom and Cable TV. The price excluded Breakfast. Riohacha is a drab, non-touristy town. It has a beach but no-one seems to really use it. Riohacha is really just a ‘transit point’ for adventurous, young […]

Rodadero – Colombia – Information



MAY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at time of writing was US$1 = C$2,898 (Colombian Peso / COP). I stayed a total of 3 nights in Palomino. I stayed in a hostel about 800 metres from the beach (the Hostel El Bohio) for US$21 / night including Breakfast. In Palomino you can do lots of beach time. You can hang around in the bars and restaurants around main street. Or, you can take a tour. … It was time to move on to Riohacha (the last bastion of civilisation on Colombia’s […]

Riohacha – Colombia – Information


MAY 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at time of writing was US$1 = C$2,898 (Colombian Peso / COP). I stayed a total of 8 nights in Taganga. I stayed in a hostel on the beach (the Hostel Dumbira) for US$14 / night and paid an extra US$2 / night for Breakfast. A total of US$16 / C$43,500 per night. In Taganga you can do lots of beach time. You can hang on the beachfront road. You can take trips into Tayrona National Park.You can take the 10 minutes trip into Santa […]

Palomino – Colombia – Information