We found Tagua Lodge Hostal through helpx.net which is an international volunteer website. Luis runs the place and a campground across the street. Our stay couldn't have been more chill, I think the relaxation of coming back to South America had a direct influence on this almost surreal and tranquilo mural.
The only request Luis had was that the tiny silhouette of the lady leaping from the mural on the left wall be somehow flowed into this wall.
Tagua is the seed that comes from a fanned out palm tree, some are ivory colored and some look a bit more brown, but the seed is used by artisans throughout Ecuador. Also known as forest ivory.
Manglaralto is a very small and relaxed town one mile south of Ecuador's party capital, Montañita.
The town has two bars. Playa de James which is owned by a Canadian expat. This picture was taken from Ocasa, the beach bar run by local 20-something surfers.
Semana Santa is a busy time for much of Latin America. Manglaralto is no different, this tiny town center was packed every night.
You can even ride the worm!
Lorra, is a one eyed cat that lives at Tagua Lodge. Ecuador is filled with cat murals, it was fun to join in.