Discover Chone Ecuador My Hometown

| by Aracely | 10 Comments » | Ecuador, Photo Essays, South America

As I stare out the window of the bus, I watch a world passing by.  It is moving quickly through my window and it’s incredibly different from my world today.  Every time I visit my hometown of Chone, located in the province of Manabi in coastal Ecuador, I can’t help but wonder what my life would be like had I never left.  Where would I be?  Who would I be?  I can only wonder.

Here are few pictures to show what my hometown of Chone is all about:

Ecuador Transportation

Local Transportation In Chone, Ecuador

This is a Chiva bus.  It’s popular in Colombia and Ecuador and it provides very cheap transportation to nearby towns.  They are very uncomfortable and get extremely packed with passengers hanging of the sides and back and even sitting on the roof.

Water Ice Sales Cart In The Streets of Chone

As I kid I used to love eating water ice from these sales carts.  The vendors scrape shavings from a very large solid block of ice with a hand held tool and then scoop it into a plastic cone.  They pour sugar flavored syrup over the ice and top it off with some condensed milk for an extra punch of sweetness.

Streets Of Chone, Ecuador

It is definitely not a tourist town, and Jason was always the only gringo around. Buildings like the one above are still common in the center of town. They are made of thin slices of wood called caña. There are a few houses around that I can still remember which look exactly as they did when I was a kid.

Side Street In Chone, Ecuador

Many of the side streets in Chone are still dirt roads, which makes the entire town dusty in the scorching coastal heat and muddy when it rains.

Streets Of Chone, Ecuador On A Sunday

Chone is a very disorderly and dusty town and it becomes even more lively on Sunday when the campesinos (country people) head into town to shop at the crowded street markets.  Choneros (people from Chone) are friendly, speak very fast and are very loud especially when they laugh.  Food is also a very significant part of Chone’s culture.  Choneros will tell you that they have the best foods in the coast.  Below are some of Chone’s staple foods.

Bread Made From Grounded Yucca Flour

One of the most common snacks is Yucca Bread or Pan de Almidon.  Street vendors sell them all over town and in the bus stations.  It is Jason’s favorite.  He ate over 15 of them during our weekend visit to Chone.  The exterior is crunchy, while the interior is cheesy, moist and chewy and often hollowed out.

Plantain Soup Made With Pieces Of Cooked Plantains, Milk, and Cheese

Choneros make everything out of green plantains.  We have fried plantains, baked plantains, smashed plantains, grinned plantains, boiled plantains, sweet plantains.  We make plantain soup, plantain stew, plantain tortillas, plantain empanadas….I feel like Bubba from Forrest Gump.

Morcilla: Pigs Blood Sausage Stuffed With Rice And Spices Accompanied With Baked Plantains

Morcilla is also a local’s favorite.  It sounds gross, but it actually tastes pretty descent.  It’s pigs blood sausage stuffed with rice and spices.  It’s usually eaten with some variation of plantains of course.

Plantain Empanadas Filled With Cheese

Plantain empanadas are made by first boiling raw green plantains, then after they become soft smashing them (like you would potatoes when making mashed potatoes).  You must work the plantain dough really well until it becomes pliable.  Next, add salt and simply put cheese inside and fold it to make the half moon empanada shape.  Then fry it.  Before eating them I like to add some aji (spicy sauce).  Delicious!

It’s always very emotional for me to return home.  People often ask me how I ended up in the United States.  When I hear the question, I often take a deep breath before I answer.  “It’s a long story I reply.” Perhaps, I will share on a future post.

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Written by Aracely

Co-founder of TwoBackpackers.com. Aracely has been traveling, writing and taking photos since 2009, when she departed on his first year long travel backpacking journey. When she isn't seeking new adventures, Aracely is usually building Excel models as a financial analyst professional. Visit my website

10 Responses to “Discover Chone Ecuador My Hometown”

  1. Cris Campos says:

    Can’t wait to read the long story of how you ended up in the United States. =)

  2. Carole levinger says:

    Intersting town modes of transportation are always so colorful and foods so appealing the rolls look amazing think I could challenge Jason to a” all you can eat”contest with those. Can’t wIt to hear your” coming to America story!

  3. Vince says:

    Great food shots!

  4. Globetrottergirls says:

    We enjoyed your post a lot - Aracely, your writing is fantastic! The food photos make our mouths water and we’re looking forward to trying it ourselves when we get to Ecuador later this year. Especially the Pan de Almidon looks delicious! As for your question about our favorite Latin American food: we both can agree on Arepas (vegetarian).

    • Aracely says:

      Thanks girls! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Let me know if you have any questions about Ecuador, would be glad to help. Also, we removed the contest from this post…it didn’t go well. We will be running another one and you will be automatically included. Safe Travels!

  5. Jeremy says:

    I feel the exact same way.
    I recently moved back to my hometown after living in the U.S. for a while. I always wonder what my life would have been if my family had never left.

    • Aracely says:

      Jeremy, where are you from? And how come you moved back?

      • Jeremy says:

        I’m from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
        I moved back for work. However, my time here is wrapping up.
        Thank you for your website. South America has always been my top destination. I made several attempts in visiting the region, but somehow they all fell through. I will make it there eventually.
        Have fun traveling!

  6. Claire says:

    Ecuador was my very first trip out of the country at the ripe ole age of 14. I have since been back and enjoyed every second of my trip. Looking forward to the long story of your US arrival!

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