Canoa, little sleepy surfers town
Canoa, little sleepy surfers town

Surfing in the little town of Canoa

I 'm currently in Canoa, a little sleepy surfers town about 30 minutes from San Vicente. I’m staying at the Bambu hotel. For about 15$ a night, which is actually quite much when traveling on a budget, but I do have my own room with a nice double bed. Canoa has a brown sand beach with a sand break providing a constant surf. Nearly every hostal has the option to rent a surfboard and for around 8$ you can rent one for a whole day. This time of the year the waves are far from perfect, but good to enough to have your daily dose of surf.

This guy gives free surf classes to the youth of Canoa. Not only to learn them how to surf, but most to change their "ecuadorion-attitudes" in to a surfers attitude. With respect for the environment, themselves and the people surrounding them.
This guy gives free surf classes to the youth of Canoa. Not only to learn them how to surf, but most to change their "ecuadorion-attitudes" in to a surfers attitude. With respect for the environment, themselves and the people surrounding them.

Is there party in Canao ?

During the weekdays Canoa is pretty chilled and quiet, but during the weekend there is a lot more buzz. Bars on the beach pump loud music during the nights and lots of locals and people from Quito, the capital city, come here to spent the weekend. Therefore you will always find locals on the beach. Most of the time the ratio locals versus tourists or backpackers will be 70/30. That’s great, cause  because of that Canoa has kept it authenticity. You can find little restaurants, in huts or tents, where you can have a lunch, including soup, main & a drink, for 3 dollars. Oh, and fresh juices everywhere. Truly amazing and refreshing. Sadly I have banned myself from alcohol till the end of the Mister Real Universe pageant (to get lean) cause I bet the cocktails, made with those fresh juices must taste heavenly. But there will be plenty of times after the pageant when I ll have the occasion to chill with some beers and cocktails.

Canoa 40  

I have been in Canoa for 3 nights. In the beginning I had to get used to the whole traveling again. I felt quite lonely and started doubting if I would be able to pursue my idea of wandering around South America for a few months. But then I started to meet new people. I got to know the people from the hostel and some local surfers. All of them are very chilled and match perfectly with the lazy surfer image of Canoa. At a certain evening I joined a poker game at the Surf Shak, a cool surfers bar where you can find lots of locals. I did lost my 10 dollar buy in, but it was a great way of getting to know new people.

amazing meet up with a fellow traveller

Oh, and before i say goodbye.. i must share this story with you.

4 years ago i met a German Girl in New Zealand. We met briefly, but exchanged facebook accounts. When i uploaded a photo from Canoa on instragram with the #Canoa, she replied: "hey, i'm in Canoa aswell". I was stunned and ofcourse we met up. We had a few drinks and talked for a few hours about our travel experiences and mostly about the amazing fact of 2 random travellers meeting each other pure randomly on 2 different loactions in the world ! It is those moments that make you love to travel. Those moments remind me straight away why I left my job and flat behind: To experience these thrills. I m feeling good for the moment. I ve got the travel vibe coming back and I’m looking forward for all that still  has to come.

the reunion: Franziska and me.
the reunion: Franziska and me.

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