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New Intensive Sustainable Agriculture & Permaculture Classes at Rio Muchacho

Rio Muchacho Monday, November 6, 2017 to Friday December 1, 2017 Rio Muchacho is  running a month long course on Sustainable Agriculture & Permaculture at our National Geographic endorsed organic farm. During the 4 weeks teams of experts will pair classroom learning with practical application, including composting techniques, lunar calendar crops, and beekeeping. This holistic course will be valuable for anyone ...

The 2017 Immigration Law in Ecuador, Brief Notes

May 26, 2017 I recently attended a presentation by Attorney Santiago Andrade. I wanted to share some of the notes that I took so you have some idea of what is in the new law.  I have included some key points of the new Immigration Law in Ecuador for 2017.  The goal is to help you learn about the kind of ...

Two Bedroom House for Rent In Bahia

Available starting June Fully and nicely furnished, 2 bedrooms, modern open space concept, colorful, lots of hot water, big terrace with beautiful view and breeze, garden.     Secure and quiet.  See more pictures under rentals in the classified section of this blog.   Please contact craich16@gmail.com

NORMAL ISN'T EVERYTHING by j.iver.petersen

Normal Isn't Everything! ( Actually, it Is Only For Sure An Appliance Setting 😉 <<< Astonishment Caught in the Freeze-frame of a Digital Rearview Video Mirror. (A spontaneously unguarded reflection from something abnormally far from the conceptual perception of normality that mostly doesn't exist.) Our actions or the lack thereof are the revealing feature transparent only to self. What is ...

What to Know Before You Invest in Pre-Construction Real Estate in Ecuador

FOUND YOUR DREAM DEVELOPMENT? READY TO INVEST YOUR MONEY? READ THIS FIRST! Ecuador is an amazingly beautiful place and we are so glad that we chose it for our retirement home. If you have found your dream development location in Ecuador and you want to have your home, or condominium built, we know how exciting that is and we wish ...

The 2016 Children's Mission Christmas Party Update

The Children's Mission of Leonidas Plaza was envisioned about 5 years and has been growing ever since.   All events and services of the mission are provided by donations and by volunteers.  As you can see from the pictures the progress over the years has been very impressive.  The children first gathered on the dirt with no shade, now there is ...

How You Can Help the Earthquakes Victims Around Bahia

April 19, 2016.  We have not reported on the effects of the earthquake with details about what is happening locally because we were out of Bahia when the earthquake occurred and we have not been able to return.  We have been in communication with friends who are still in Bahia who have been relating some details.  There is no running water, ...

Living Life According to the Tides, Part 2

Part 2 of Living Life According to the Tides from dictionary.com:  Tide Verb phrases tide over,  a.to assist in getting over a period of difficulty or distress. b.to surmount (a difficulty, obstacle, etc.); survive. Idioms turn the tide, to reverse the course of events, especially from one extreme to another: The Battle of Saratoga turned the tide of the American ...

A Historic View of Bahia de Caraquez

The following is an unofficially translated and edited excerpt from an old book that was given to me by a friend who lives in Cuenca. The book was found in her aunt’s old home. It was in pretty bad shape with yellowing pages that were torn and partly eaten. The book had no title page, so the author and the ...

A New Poem and Photos from J. Iver Petersen - Bahia

HOLISTIC FRESHNESS Well spoken vegetables are lovely as are friends Both close or far radiating inward beauty as an oasis Midst desert flowers fragrant to thirsty souls …j.iver.petersen… 4th of March 2016 Bahia de Caraquez, EC

Living Life According to the Tides

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”  Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher Definition of Tide from Dictionary.com: Noun: The periodic rise and fall of the waters of the ocean and its inlets, produced by the attraction of the moon and sun, and occurring about every 12 hours. Anything that alternately rises and falls, increases and decreases, etc.: the tide of ...

New Book by Amy DuBoff - Web of Truth Released Today!

February 19, 2016 is release day for Web of Truth! The wait is finally over! Web of Truth, the fourth installment in the Cadicle series, is now live on Amazon! Like the other volumes, it is enrolled in KDP Select. You may buy it now on Amazon: order on Amazon. About Web of Truth Tension is mounting in the rift. ...

Puerto Lopez And Manta Rays Video Tour

Haven't traveled on the coast of Manabí province in Ecuador?  Below you will find a video from Ecuador a Tu Alcance showing divers swimming with manta rays and sea turtles.  There is also some footage featuring the local culture around Puerto Lopez.  The narration is in Spanish, so you can practice your listening skills while watching!          

Remodeling Projects in Ecuador - What We Learned That Might Be Useful to You

Many expats decide to buy real estate when they move to Ecuador.  Owning real estate in a foreign country provides many advantages.  There can be tax advantages as well as the usual perks to having a piece of property that you can alter to your personal tastes.  We have several friends who have purchased condominiums in older buildings and have ...

Poetry and Art by J. Iver Petersen

FLIGHT IS RARELY TAKEN Mornings my tiny bright small yellow friend sings to me whether she sees me or not Knowing I'm close and lingers warbling a familiar tune not fleeting as I often approach Interactively on the balcony to sit or stand at the railing about eight feet away with appreciation When on a day I was late not ...

Live Music at H Sports Café Saturday, 30 January!

Henry and Anna invite you to join them at their new Sports Bar and Café on the Malecon Saturday, January 30 for some live music.  The concert will start around 7:30 PM, Saturday night, but the Sports Café is open all day, some come by anytime.  Anna and Henry have done a great job creating this new space with a stage, TVs ...

A Passion for Pottery - Meet Duane in Bahia

Retirement can be a time of devotion to your passion.  Meet Duane a potter who has come to Bahia to retire and to spend his time creating works of beauty in ceramic.  Duane and his wife, who is equally talented, came to Bahia from Hawaii.  When he was working he didn't have time to devote to a hobby.  Now that he ...

Buying a Car in Ecuador

We recently purchased a car.  When we first moved to Ecuador a year ago we lived in Cuenca and we really didn't think we needed a car.  We were new to expat life and frankly we weren't ready to jump in a car and explore. We really didn't venture out of the city much.  If we wanted to leave the city of Cuenca for ...

There's Still Time to Help the Leonidas Plaza Children's Mission Christmas Party!

How you can help the Mission for Christmas in 2016 There is still time for you donate to the Children's Mission for the Christmas Party on December 17th, 2016.  The all volunteer committee that provides the party for the children had a goal of raising $2,500 - for 400 gifts and $500 for food and supplies.   They have not yet reached ...

Machalilla National Park

Machalilla National Park is a wildlife reserve on the coast of Ecuador near Puerto López.  It is a popular tourist destination and is known as the poor man's Galapagos because you see many of the same marine animals as on the famous islands.  You can see the blue-footed booby, frigatebirds, waved albatrosses (breeding season April–October), as well as sea lions.  Dolphins ...

Photography by Vera Bowman

Vera Bowman is best known for being an equestrian expert from Niagara Falls, Canada.   She moved to the community in Bahia several months ago to design,  implement and manage the Equestrian Center for a new development planned near Bahia.  She has enjoyed the beauty of the area which she has captured in photographs.  Here are a few of her photos that she wanted to share.   ...

Ten Things I Like About Living in Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador

(January 15, 2016) I have been living in Bahia now for almost a year.  Currently my husband and I live in a condo just across the street from the beach.  I wanted to share some of the things I like about living here. One:  The sound of the ocean right outside of my windows.  I have never lived at the ...

HBar is Moving to a New Location!

The New HSports Bar and Café, Home of the Famous Wine-a-Rita The HBar will be moving to their new location on the Malecon into the Blue and White building owned by the Bahia Yacht Club which is just across from the Rotary Club.  The HBar closed their old gates on Saturday, January 9, and they will reopen at the new location ...

Video Tour of Puerto Cayo With a Resident Expat

Retiring in Ecuador BlogSpot is a blog written by a Canadian Expat who lives in Puerto Cayo.  He has information about life in Puerto Cayo as well as other information about living in Ecuador that is useful.  Here is a video that he produced himself.  

Providing Healthcare Where There is No Doctor

Are you interested in having some resources for your own emergency medical care in the event you find yourself in a location without access to a doctor or dentist?  Or maybe you are interested in getting involved in an organization that provides this kind of information to communities that do not have medical care.  Sadly, there are small rural communities ...

Moya Foley - Artist - Art Teacher - Canoa

(January, 2016)  Here is part of Moya Foley's artist statement from her website.  "As a Canadian artist living in Ecuador, the question of home has been a recurring theme in my work. I need to feel an affinity with my physical surroundings as they affect both the way I live and the way I make art. The geography of Ontario, ...

Bus Service To and From Bahia de Caraquez

(January, 2016)  There is bus service from the main bus terminal (Terminal Terrestre) in Bahia to locations all over Ecuador.  There are comfortable executive (ejecutivo) buses that offer reserved and assigned seats on Reina Del Camino bus lines.  When you look at the attached schedule, you will also notice that some of the routes are Express services meaning that they have ...

Creating an End of Life Plan is Important for Expats

In this article Wendy Jane Carrel discusses issues that are important to help you prepare the necessary documents needed for making end of life plans.  For example, in Ecuador there are special documents that need to be completed if you wish to be cremated.  There are additional documents that need to be completed if you wish to have remains sent back ...

Eco Projects in Bahia - Volunteer with Planet Drum

This video gives some history about how Bahia became an eco city after the 1998 earthquake and El Nino damage.  Planet Drum was invited to come to help with the reforestation of the hillsides around Bahia.  Since coming to Bahia in 1999 the Planet Drum Eco-Ecuador project has been involved in growing trees, building greenhouses, and planting trees, as well as educating the community about becoming ...

Volunteer Opportunities at Rio Muchacho Organic Farm

Are you looking for a place to learn about living a more sustainable life?  Would you like an opportunity to spend time living on an organic farm, learning about how to grow your own food and care for the land?  Spending time at Finca Rio Muchacho might be a wonderful way for you to immerse yourself in this experience to ...

Rio Muchacho Chocolate Making Tour

Rio Muchacho is an organic farm and permaculture learning center just outside of Canoa. Here are directions for getting there. You can take various kinds of tours at the farm including chocolate making tours,  This tour includes a day or half a day at the farm enjoying the wildlife and learning about how chocolate is prepared from the pod to the finished ...

Bahia de Caraquez Museum

The name Bahia de Caraquez, comes from the Spanish translation of the Bay of the Caracas people, who were the people living here when the Spaniards arrived.  The Museum of Bahia de Caraquez is considered to have the best collection of ancient artifacts in Ecuador. It was dedicated by the Central Bank of Ecuador to educate the people or Ecuador ...

Briceno

    Briceno is a small community located on the coast between San Vicente and Canoa.  There are outdoor restaurants with typical coastal foods where you can sit under a canopy and listen to the surf for hours.  There is a hostel and a beautiful beach for long walks.  You can reach Briceno by taxi.  You will have to ask for someone to ...

Choosing the Right Environment for Healthful Living

Apr 13, 2015 | By Wendy Jane Carrel Moving to Ecuador? Already here and planning another move? Below are 12 housing recommendations with an eye to long-term health and safety no matter your age. These guidelines are not just Ecuador or Cuenca specific, but for wherever you choose to live. Choose a home or building with easy access, concrete as ...

Information on Cedulas May Be Different in the Future

Cuenca High Life featured a headline about a draft law that has been proposed in Ecuador to change the current format of cedulas to a new format.  According to an article in El Diario, the proposed law would combine information into a permanent national ID card. The data on the card would include name, surname, registration number, blood type, gender, date of issue and ...

Can Happy Expats Change the World?

Many Expats choose the path of  leaving their home to explore another culture because they have recognized that they are not happy in the life they are living.  Others may have decided that they just want to experience new ways of living and being in the world.  Many of the expats that we meet talk about how much happier they feel living their ...

Ecuador Minister Is Building a Happier Society

One of the things I love about Ecuador is that it is a place where people smile a lot.  They have smiles that come from the heart.  So, it made me smile when I discovered that  Ecuador has a State Secretary of Good Living (Secretaría del Buen Vivir).  The ministry was created by President Correa's mandate to help Ecuadorian institutions and individuals “achieve ...

Why a Virtual Job is the Best Job for Working Abroad

By Tim Leffel 2/10/2015 Photo from Transitions Abroad Website The Benefits of a Virtual Job If you don't have a professional skill that easily transfers, you’re better off finding a job you can do remotely. Or make your own. That may be a freelance job, a structured job that allows you to telecommute, or a business you can run online. ...

10 Things to Know Before Moving to Ecuador

Written By: Sara Chaca, Attorney-Abogada   So congratulations, if you are reading this article then you have either already decided or are soon to make up your mind to go for it and take the Ecuador plunge just below the equator (in the case of moving to all Ecuador points south of Quito)! Yes, for the most part, everything you have ...

Reserva Biologica Cerro Seco

Reserva Biologica Cerro Seco is a unique ecosystem found just outside of Bahia de Caraquez. The following information is taken from the Cerro Seco site.  The dry forest is an exceptional ecosystem. It is an area of biological diversity and is home to over 400 species of birds and 150 species of mammals including the jaguar. More than 40 birds live within the ecosystem.  One ...

Foot Bridge on Canoa Beach

 

Canoa is a popular beach for surfing and for long walks with great sunsets.  Canoa is small town just north of Bahia de Caraquez along the coast.  You will find small restaurants and a variety of hostels and shops.

 

 

Places to stay around Canoa

 

Canoa-Beach-Hotel-GroundsCanoa Beach Hotel is located on the main highway along the coast between Briceno and Canoa. Coming from Bahia, you will see a bright sign on the right that points to the entrance road of the hotel which is on the West side of the road. You can reach the hotel and restaurant by taking a taxi or bus. The grounds are truly beautiful and relaxing. The hotel features a great outdoor patio lounge and restaurant with wonderful food. The ambiance is relaxing-exotic where the bamboo, wood and brick cabana compliment the beautiful gardens and the ocean beach. The owner, Greg and the bartender speak English.

Location: Km16 via Jama, Canoa

Telephone:  011 593 5-258-8062 or 011 593 98-519-8507

Website:  http://canoabeachhotel.net/index.html