For Semana Santa (Easter) my friends and I went to the coast of Ecuador to a small town called Canoa. It is about an 8-10 hour bus ride from Quito, the capital. We took a bus at around 10:45pm from Quito and tried to sleep until we arrived, but at around 2am, there was a loud-sounding explosion, all the lights came on, and a horrible smell filled the bus.
Apparently the wheel or tyre had exploded!!! We didn’t really know what happened or what was happening as no one came to tell us, but we seemed to stop a few times and we assume a mechanic fixed the problem. We never found out. We were left with a 20-inch slashed hole in the floor of the bus from the explosion, and a piece of the floor had landed on my friends head too!
Luckily we arrived to Canoa by 8:30am and easily found our hotel called Macondo where we were met by the friendly owner who spoke good English and made our stay very welcoming.
Canoa is a great place to go to for a few days to chill at the beach, though I don’t think there is so much to do there besides the beach and some sports activities. The beach is clean and beautiful with lots of coloured cabanas to relax under and keep out of the very strong sun.
There are lots of little restaurants on the beach where you can get some great seafood for lunch. One of my favourites was a dish called encocado, which is a fish dish in a coconut sauce. So delicious, especially with prawns, that I ate it a few times in just 3 days.
At night the bars along the beach all came alive with loud Latin music and lights flashing, and they were fairly busy with all different age groups dancing the night away till the early hours. While the bars are alive, off of the road along the beach they have a small night market selling trinkets which I thought was quite cute.
So if you are in Ecuador or staying in Quito and want to visit a nice little beach town that isn’t too busy or crowded, I would recommend Canoa as a lovely place to visit with great food, friendly hotels, a beautiful clean beach, and a bit of partying if you want it.