A Canadian Family Traveling & Living Abroad (in Ecuador)


Iguana Park Guayaquil Ecuador

Guayaquil is known for its "Iguana Park" (Parque Seminario) which is packed with iguanas. Coming from Canada we haven't seen many iguanas, so visiting the park was a treat. (You may want to read about taxi safety and rates in Guayaquil as well.) While we were visiting Guayaquil we hired a van to take us to ... [Read more]

Howare Johnson Guayaquil room

When we travel to Guayaquil we stay at the Howard Johnson. The Howard Johnson is a nice hotel. The lobby is bright and clean. I always like the beautiful flower arrangement on the table in front of the main doors. The restaurant serves a large buffet breakfast each morning and they have room service. The ... [Read more]


If you’re moving to a foreign country, then what your kids are going to do there, will probably be a concern. I was a little worried about that when we moved here. What was I going to do all day (aside from school)? Well, here are a few great places that I love to go: ... [Read more]


Last Saturday we took a flight back to Canada and came through the Guayaquil Airport on our way. I thought I would share a little bit about what it’s like. The Guayaquil Airport is modern and spacious. There are cafes, restaurants and gift shops, both before and after security. If there are souvenirs that you ... [Read more]

Guayaquil Taxi Rate

So, if you're going to be concerned about taking a taxi anywhere in Ecuador, be concerned about Guayaquil. Everywhere else is generally safe - just be sure to get in a properly registered taxi. But in Guayaquil, you'll need a little more caution. There are some safety concerns. First of all: don't hail a cab ... [Read more]

Drive down the Andes

Here in Ecuador I've seen the most beautiful scenery that I've ever seen in my life.  Most of it has been enjoyed while driving from Cuenca down the Andes to the Coast. The scenery is truly breathtaking, it keeps us gasping and pointing while trying our best to capture photos of it all as it quickly ... [Read more]


Our daughter loves to be out and about, so I thought I’d share some of the things we’ve enjoyed doing together, and some of the things we would like to do in the near future.  These are just a few of the highlights from here in Cuenca, Guayaquil and Salinas. Here in Cuenca there are ... [Read more]

The Consulate General of the United States in Guayaquil, Ecuador, is located at the corner of avenues 9 de Octubre and Garcia Moreno.  (Four blocks west of Centennial Park on 9 de Octubre, next to the Oro Verde Hotel) Website for the US Consulate in Guayaquil, Ecuador Website for the US Embassy in Quito, Ecuador ... [Read more]

Canada ski background

We're beginning a basic series of contact info for embassies and consulate in popular expat countries around the world. Being Canadians in Ecuador, it makes sense to start off with things one. Canadian Government Embassy in Ecuador Maybe you're looking for the Ecuador Consulate in Canada? Street address: Av. Amazonas 4153 and Unión Nacional de ... [Read more]

Luggage in Guayaquil

The flight to Ecuador was exciting and very, very long. The trip was supposed to take 16 hours with two stops, first in New York, second in Miami and then “up, up and away” to Guayaquil Ecuador.  Well, we experienced some problems in the Miami airport, being grounded there for around 11 hours rather than ... [Read more]

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About Bryan & Dena Haines

We are a Canadian family of 3 living in Ecuador since 2009. We blog about life and travel in Ecuador. If this is your first visit, start here. Interested to work with us? Read more about Bryan & Dena

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