Río Canoa

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    • Day 16

      Up the Coast to Canoa

      September 3, 2022 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

      We took a road trip 5 hours north to Conoa this weekend, hunting for sun.

      We only found a little sun, but we had a bunch of interesting learning experiences. Perhaps most importantly, we learned that Charles (my mom’s travel agent/cardiologist gentleman caller) or Addie (renown Airbnb expert) should book the rest of our travel arrangements. We are not wimpy travelers, but this weekend we realized that we are not 20 years old and that accommodations advertised on may not be for us.

      That said, we really enjoyed lots about the weekend. The changes in topography in our road trip—cacti, rice paddies, palm trees, crazy huge trees, sea, hills and mountains - were really cool. We saw so many weird and amazing micro climates in such a short period of time. Unfortunately, Talia missed most of the drive because, heeding warnings from travel books, we gave her a Dramamine to help with car sickness (the roads are very curvy, and in some places, sort of in the ocean). It’s possible that we went overboard with the Dramamine because she was OUT for the ride.

      After the long ride, we spent one night in Canoa, but between the late night dance party next door to our accommodation (“hotel” is not quite the right word) and a group of nocturnal roosters on the street outside, none of us slept well. We had planned a day trip to an organic farm not far from Canoa, but decided to check out of the dance-party-and-rooster hotel in order to stay at the peaceful farm. The farm was certainly beautiful, and the food - all grown on site - was amazing…but the abuelo at the neighboring farm down the road happened to turn 72 this weekend, so the family played dance music until 6am and of course a group of roosters cockle-doodle-doo’ed from 3am until the sun rose. Additionally, while I’m excited about all of the biodiversity in Ecuador, I’m beginning to think it’s mostly diversity in insects—despite the the mosquito nets, the enormous bugs didn’t help our sleep.

      Notwithstanding the lack of sleep and excessive encounters with strange bugs, we had a good time. Talia loved all of the farm animals— she enjoyed riding another horse, feeding pigs and chickens and hanging with a dog named Mango. She especially liked the cat, Mousey, which made me love her a tiny bit less (where’s her dog loyalty?!?).  We all learned a lot about sustainable farming (and compostable toilets), plus Talia learned how to harvest cocoa beans and make chocolate. To top it off, she made a necklace and a ring from local plants, which involved her using a saw and various other dangerous tools with minimal supervision. Of course, she’s most excited to tell her grandparents about this. In good news, no one lost any fingers.

      Before we left, the abuelo from the farm down the road brought us some birthday cake to make up for the noise from the wild geriatric party the night before. The adventure continues…


      Oh wait! This just in! A guest post narrated by Talia:

      Hello everybody! I am happy that you guys read our blog. Right now I’m at a farm and I fed pigs and chickens, and I also did more horseback riding. I’m eating my breakfast at the farm while mommy types. Oh, I also fed chickens and roosters. We have a cat at the farm named Mousey. She’s very sweet. Also, there are dogs named Mango and Rosa. They are super cute and always come into our little house.

      We slept in little nets so we would be safe from mosquitos. Actually, beetles swarmed all around us. There were 3 million of them. My mommies put me in my net first and then they got into their net. And my mommies heard a noise at night and Mango barked and barked. He was guarding us, which was sweet. Yeah, that’s it from Ecuador. I hope school is fun! Bye! Love, Talia.
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      Traveler  Is that a fruit? If so, what kind?


      Traveler  Hi Talia! I miss you!!❤️


      Traveler  Aww!! Mousey is so cute!!!

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    • Day 315


      February 26, 2022 in Ecuador ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

      Mompiche und unsere Unterkunft gefällt uns außerordentlich gut....leider kommen hier die Tage keine Wellen mehr an, also ziehen wir weiter

      Ziel ist heute Canoa, hier erreicht der aktuelle swell wieder die Küste und somit haben wir kleine aber feine Wellen 😁

      Hier angekommen wundern wir uns warum alle Unterkünfte plötzlich ausgebucht ist und erfahren auch hier wird der Karneval gefeiert 😂
      Wir haben ein Zimmer in einen schönen hostel mit viel Holz und Bambus gebaut, es liegt nur 2 Straßen vom Strand entfernt und etwas ab vom Trubel, weil auch hier wird die Musik gerne voll aufgedreht 🙃
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    • Day 75


      December 26, 2015 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      It took 7 hours and 3 buses to get to Canoa but totally worth it, we loved it so much that we extended our stay with an extra day. Fantastic little beach town, the Pacific ocean is smooth and surprisingly warm with big waves. Even to managed to have our first proper night out on the 24th. Stayed out almost until 1:00! To be fair also started at 3 pm. Had lots of cocktails, beer, wine before we left for dancing where made some new local friends who's great idea was to share a bottle of tequila...
      The beach was fantastic even managed to surf, had a 3 hours lesson (was suppose to be 1, but the guy was cool) and we were just professionals. Our faces are still so burnt and hot but had an amazing time. It's gonna be difficult to leave tomorrow from the relaxed little town where we spent our first Christmas together...
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      Vera and Tom  Iguanas on the roof


      Julie Boyle  Photoshopped?


      Vera and Tom  Nope, just very well timed before I fell off :)

    • Day 17


      March 27, 2019 in Ecuador ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

      Heute Abend geht es schon wieder Richtung Berge und ich werde das Meer eine Zeit lang nicht mehr zu Gesicht bekommen. Nach knapp 1,5 Wochen Strand und Hitze freue ich mich aber auch schon wieder auf etwas Abkühlung in den Bergen. :-)
      Anbei ein paar Eindrücke meiner Zeit in Canoa.
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      Traveler  Kochbanane und Erdbeer Mojito? 😍


      Traveler  Fritierte Kochbananen und Wassermelonen-Mojito :-)


      Traveler  Nicht übertreiben!Viel Glück und Spaß wünscht dir Mama und Papa.

    • Day 11

      Canoa - short overnight stay

      August 15, 2021 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Travelled today round about 2-3 h up further north from Manta to the small beach town Canoa.

      On the way I found beautiful nature (dry forest, trees looking like out of a Tim Burton movie…) but was too lazy to stop and take pics 😉. Was a pleasure driving through that environment, on the other hand the streets are getting more difficult to drive on as further north I make it due to the worsening quality. Luckily I have a good all terrain bike at hand 😎, which I definitely recommend for making this route!

      Arrived pretty late in Canoa and was lucky finding a place to sleep in Cocoa Inn (20 USD per single) due to public holidays in Ecuador. The view of the terrace on the ocean was really nice, got a safe parking spot and the people super friendly 👍…even though the weather turned out pretty cloudy.
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