The Hosteria El Faro in Salinas rests just at the end of a little dirt road in a typical Ecuadorean neighborhood. Sitting right on the coast, the hosteria is an oasis full of trees, animals, and beauty. The front door is made to be like a large, wooden ship. The grounds are surrounded in high jungle foliage, an orange lighthouse building, with many birds.
Up the stairs we found our room. It felt like Havana, Cuba in the best of ways. The accommodation was quaint and lovely, filled with tropical elements. In Spanish, ‘faro’ means lighthouse.
A sweet little bar rest at the end of the property with a staircase right down to a private little cove of beach. It’s a nice place to hang out and make yourself a drink.
At the top of this lookout is a majestic view of the Salinas coast along the peninsula. There is a large wheel to to signify the helm of the ship. It feels like a fairy tale to be here.
The owner was very kind and told us all about the animals here. The grounds are a sanctuary for them. There is a large tortoise, baby tortoises, a spider monkey, the list goes on an on. In the morning you can go into the bird cages and feed them papayas. The Toucans slowly approach you and pick up a little piece of fruit in their large beaks, or catch them in the air.
Down in the city we were shown to some good seafood restaurants along the sea. The pace of life was slower here, and it felt wonderful. On the menu was fresh fish, crab, plantains, and a nice cool beverage.
We wish prosperity to this little slice of heaven amidst the trees.