At the equator, the sun rises and sets at about the same time every day and in just about the same spot every day, year round. The Sundown Inn sits on the beach which faces directly west so we have the sunset straight out from the terrace attached to our room. The beach is a very gradual slope into the water and the water temp is very comfortable, not the freezing Pacific we’re used to in So Cal.
The Sundown Inn is a small family owned and operated enterprise about a 20 minute walk south of Canoa. The on-site family consists of Juan Carlos, his wife Maria Elena, their 2 children and the watch dog Marley. They offer the option of having 2 meals on site each day for $6 per person per day. The breakfast and dinner are varied and very tasty. This pretty much takes care of our food for the day except for a small snack mid-day. The guests can store food and drink on site in the refrigerator and use the kitchen as well. I’m almost embarrassed to tell you that for our room and 2 meals per day we pay $22.50. Seriously. We’re encountering lots of nice fellow travellers here in various stages of their own extended visits to Ecuador and other parts of South America.
You can imagine that 50 or 60 years ago, there were little towns on the California coast like Canoa. It’s less than 10,000 people with mostly dirt streets. The street that runs along the beach is lined with open air restaurants and bars on the side opposite the beach and with a series of small thatched roof huts on the beach side which offer dining and drinking on the sand. It’s the kind of beach experience you can’t get in the US anymore due to safety, health, environmental, liability and any of a dozen more regulations and zoning restrictions. Yesterday at one of these huts, Valerie and I shared a large bowl of Sopa Marinera, a rich soup with lots of shrimp, fish, clams and crab. It was delish. During the week, Canoa is low key and pretty quite. On the weekend and holidays, the buses arrive with Ecuadorians and other travellers looking for fruity drinks and a fun beach getaway. The activity and music gets cranked up a few notches.
We were at one of the enterprises across the street from the beach, the Surf Shak, when a man rode up on a pony. He dismounted and went in to the bar for something, came back out, got on his pony and rode away. This is Canoa.
We’ve uploaded some photos from our week at the Sundown Inn and Canoa. We’ll be here for another week.