Another Day In The Ecuador Life
My cousin Amie and I arrived late last night to Guayaquil airport and made the 4 hour drive to Canoa. Our number 1 driver, Nixon was waiting for us when we landed. Even though I had to wake him from his slumber in the parking lot, he was nonetheless ready to hit the road. At that point I had no idea that I’d soon be discovering a secret, secluded surf break in Canoa.
This morning we awoke and noticed that the waves were enormous. It was a good thing the bungalows we stayed in are on stilts, or we would have sailed down the river. After getting up from a solid rest this morning, we pieced ourselves together and headed over to Bambu restaurant, my favorite breakfast spot in Canoa. I decided on the bowl of fruit and yogurt with granola, while Amie had an enormous crepe! Who knew they made crepe’s that size south of the equator!
We weren’t really sure what the day would entail…but we did know that we were in Ecuador and whatever we were going to do, it was going to be HOT. So we headed over to the local store down the street and got some supplies, water and sunscreen. That’s the best part about being down here: you never know half the time what the next hour will hold, you only know whatever adventure you embark upon, it will be something new and exciting for sure.
We discover a secret surf break in Canoa
After spending a few hours relaxing at the cabanas at RioMar we went with a group on a hike to a local beach I’d never been to. I sucked up my fear of heights as we traversed this mountain all the way down to this secluded spot. When we got half way down we realized that coming back up was going to be a mission! The views from the Cliffside were spectacular! When we arrived on the beach our local guide pointed out the blue footed boobies perched on the side of the cliff. The ocean was too rough to swim so we just took in the amazing scenery.
There were 2 girls from France on the hike with us who had been living in Quito working as travel guides. They were in Ecuador working and backpacking their way across south America. It always amazes me the diverse groups of people you meet down here. I’ve met people from all over the world and somehow they all end up in the tiny little surf towns of the Ecuador coast.
Tomorrow I am going to see if I can find a local masseuse in the morning to work out some of these kinks! I think the plan is to then make our way down the coast to Ayampe. I’m really craving a coco helado (chilled coconut), they have stands set up everywhere along the roadside.
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