Getting current information on Ecuador is not easy. A lot of internet postings are undated and/or outdated. Just showing up at the border has possibilities sometimes but probably not in this case. The hostel here is officially closed. They have not asked me to leave but I feel a little in the way. Last night they brought my dinner to the room...about 200 yards from the kitchen...a long way with heavy plates. Just walking that distance back and forth is time consuming. They also had a couple of big jock types carry my two biggest pieces of luggage to my new quarters. I will say that the private room is very comfortable. It is actually a concrete hut with a thatched roof. Quite large and airy. Today is not raining and there are spots of blue sky. So loading up and heading further up the coast. Maybe past Palomino to the northern desert.