Traveling Up The Coast Of Ecuador Across the Equator

Boats in Cojimes Ecuador

Headed North Across The Equator

So Brett, Brian and I left Canoa Ecuador and headed up the coast to check out a well-known surf break called Mompiche. We decided to stop along the way and look at a property for sale in the town of Cojimies. This place is very remote being that it is on a peninsula. After looking at a beautiful beachfront/ farmland property for sale we headed into the town of Cojimies for lunch.

Cojimies is well known there for their Encocado which is a soup made with coconut milk and fish.  Encocado is popular here because of all the coconut trees everywhere, and it was delicious! After finishing lunch we were approached by some locals that had a boat that wanted to take us to Mompiche, which was our final destination. We didn’t realize at the time that it only would take 25 minutes to there by boat, but over an hour by car, because we had to drive all the way back the way we came around the peninsula to get there.

The trip by car ended up being well worth it because we drove over the Equator!  There no sign to announce the crossing, and had our driver Nixon not have known where it was, we would have driven right over it without knowing.  It was pretty cool straddling 2 hemispheres at the same time!

Once we arrived at Mompiche we had to drive around the town to get to the beach. The surf break was a left hand point break and there were a bunch of locals in the water, the waves were firing! So Brian and Brett paddled out, and I hiked up the hill to this cemetery in the middle of the jungle. There was no road, I had to literally hike up and around a cliff to get to it. It was very peaceful there, very quiet and the waves were coming around that point in perfect lines. I sat there for a bit and watched the frigate birds doing circles over me in the sky

After snapping a few shots of everything, I hiked further down this steep hill to where everyone was surfing. I got with about 100 feet of the break, was right on top of them! The waves were about 3-5 feet that day, perfect left handers.

We surfed for about a couple hours then we packed up and headed back to Canoa. We stopped for dinner in Pedernales and had some BBQ. All in all a great day. We would definitely like to get back to Mompiche again and stay at the beautiful resort they have there!

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Ben Finds a Secret Surf Break in Canoa Ecuador

A secluded beach near Canoa Ecuador

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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Best Ceviche on the Ecuador Coast!

Yes:  we have discovered the best ceviche on the Ecuador coast

We have friends and property in Canoa and mostly every trip we get a chance to travel north for business and or pleasure. On your way to Canoa, you will pass the beautiful eco-city Bahia De Caraquez. Bahia sits on a peninsula between the Chone River and the Pacific Ocean.

While journeying around Bahia you must stop off at the Ceviche restaurant along the beach. I am constantly on the hunt for the best bowl of Ceviche and this place does it for me. Crisp, clean refreshing broth. Always chilled and made to perfection and if they have crab and lobster, forget it. Nowhere else has yet to compare. Stop in and try for yourself.

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