Published: February 16th 2007February 16th 2007
In my head carnival was going to be a huge thing with dances and parades and enough craziness for all. Well, this notion mostly came from the pictures I’ve seen of Carnival in RiÃ³ de Janeiro and as I discovered, this is the place where Carnival DOES go wild. Since we had neither the money nor the time to go to RiÃ³, we opted instead to follow seemingly all other Ecuadorians and go to the BEACH!!
About 8 hours on the bus and 45 minutes in the back of a truck got us to Canoa, a beautiful little community on the Pacific. As it was Carnival and everyone and his dog seemed to be on the coast, there were no hostels to be had. Luckily, we planned ahead and brought some tents with us, which we pitched right on the beach with full view of the ocean. Great view, but not so nice when EVERYTHING is sandy and people start to arrive at the beach at around 7:30 in the morning (not to mention the oven the tents created when the sun came up).
We spent our days just relaxing on the beach, swimming in the
Getting our Carnival on
In the truck on the way to Canoa: a VERY welcome break from the hot and neverending bus ride!
ocean, which was really warm, chilling at Bambu, our adoptive bar which allowed us to use their bathrooms and showers, and avoiding the mid-day sun, which burned me in about 10 minutes. The weather cooperated until the last night when it poured all night. Pierre and I had been boy scouts and therefore, always being prepared, had bought tarps for our tents, which were not waterproof. Darren unfortunately had not, and he and Emily slept in a river.
There’s really not too much more of note…it was a fantastic holiday, and a great time to get to know some of the other teachers, and experience an Ecuadorian beach for the first time!
There are more photos below