A few years ago I was talking with some tourists here in San Clemente who were from the United States. They had immigrated to the U. S. from Poland many years previously and were thinking about retiring in Ecuador. As we visited a couple I did not know passed by speaking a foreign language. Both of my new friends looked at each other with surprised faces and said, “Those people are speaking Polish!” The two couples were able to meet and talk Polish with each other here in our little fishing village of San Clemente, Ecuador.
That kind of experience happens quite frequently here. We have had readers of our blog visit from as far away as Eastern Europe. In our little village there are ex-pats from Australia, France, Canada, United States, Germany, Spain and many other countries.
Still, as often as we meet people from foreign countries here in San Clemente, it is a much more common experience for us when we visit Canoa. Every time we go to Canoa it seems that we meet and visit with people from all over the world. That happened again during our recent vacation trip to Canoa. As we walked from the Amalur Hostel on Tuesday evening to get some dinner, we saw several large motor homes pulling into the parking area across the street where the big tour busses had been parked a couple of days earlier.
There were seven relatively normal sized motor homes, but one especially large four wheel drive mammoth camper which maneuvered to a stop in front of the other campers.
Later that night we met some of these travelers at the Bambu restaurant and learned that they are on a multi-nation tour sponsored by a company called, “Pan Americana Tours.” They were all Germans and had shipped their campers over to Montevideo from Germany and were planning to drive together all the way to Alaska on the Pan American Highway.
I went out early the next morning to get some pictures of the campers before they left. This map on the side of one of the campers shows the intended route.
The trip included a northward loop through Uruguay and part of Brazil, then back down through Argentina and down to Cape Horn. The troupe was now headed north to Alaska and then planned to loop back through the lower forty states all the way down to Miami and then on up to eastern Canada before their return voyage to Germany! In all the trip will take over six months.
You can read more about the tour at their website: http://www.panamericanatour.de/index_en.html
Two of the campers had already pulled out when I went over for pictures and the others were busily sweeping out and preparing to head north to Columbia.
This picture gives you a bit of perspective on the size of the bigger camper.
They were an friendly group of people on a great adventure!
After taking this last picture Mary and I went over to the Surf Shak for a hearty breakfast and to visit with other expats visiting or living in Ecuador from all over this small world.
By the time we returned to Amalur our German travelers had all departed. “Gute Reisen” (For my friends in Minnesota- that does not mean, “Good Riddance” but is German for, “Safe Travels”) to them from here where…
Life is good in Ecuador!