How to get here
The entrance to Río Muchacho is 10 km north of Canoa on the San Vicente-Jama Road on the mid coast of Ecuador. From the entrance from the main road, it is 8 km of unpaved road to the organic farm; this road is passable by car most of the year, but during the rainy season the second (and last) river crossing may be difficult. In this rare event, it is a 1 km walk to the farm or we can collect you by car on the other side of the river (If traveling by private car during the wet season call the farm first to check conditions). We suggest guests call the farm at least one day before arrival so we can arrange transport for you.
NOTE: Río Muchacho is the name of the farm (Río Muchacho Finca Orgánica), the river, and also the community. According to the locals, the river was given that name because it can be very unpredictable in the rainy season, like a young boy or “muchacho“.
Traveling from Canoa
From Canoa, direct transport will take approximately 20-30 minutes. Unfortunately, our office has affected in the earthquake of April 16 and is no longer operating. To arrange tours on short notice, call the farm directly at 05 3020487 (05 if out of the Manabí province), preferably at midday or 6 p.m (our time). To arrange tours more than a month in advance, email us. Please allow 1-5 days for a response.
How to get to Canoa from Quito
From Quito by air
There are flights to Manta and Portoviejo from Quito (typically $140-180 return); Check with the airport for schedules as they change frequently for holiday seasons. If you come by air, you can either get a bus or taxi to Bahía from either airport.
From Manta: The taxi will be 2 hours, and costs $40. The bus to Bahia 2.5 - 3 hours, costs $3, and you must take a bus to Portoviejo first and then change for one to Bahía.
From Portoviejo: The taxi will be 2 hours, and costs $40. The bus to Bahia takes 1.5 hours, and costs $2.00. From Portoviejo to Bahía, buses (either Reina del Camino or Coactur) depart every 40 min, from 4.30 am until 7.30 pm.
From Bahía to Canoa, you will switch to another bus called Tosagua, departing every 20 minutes, and will take you about 30 min to arrive to Canoa.
From Quito by bus
The trip can be made during the day or night, by regular or executive service. The executive services (more specifically, the Reina del Camino) are more comfortable and safer than the regular services. This costs only $1-2 more, and is well worth it. Security is very high on these buses and you will be frisked before getting on, day packs and bags will also be searched.
The journey from Quito is between 6-7 hours to Bahía or Canoa, depending on the type of service, destination. There are two options:
The only company that travels direct from Quito to Canoa is Reina del Camino. After Canoa, this bus stops in San Vicente and then Bahía de Caráquez. There are two executive services per day, leaving Quito at 12 noon and 11.30 pm. You need to go to the South terminal Quitumbe (not the commonly mistaken North terminal, about an hour away!). This will cost you $6-8 by taxi from the new town, or take the Ecovia $0.25
The regular services (Reina*) are at 10.30 am and 11.30 pm.
- The sign on the bus says the bus goes to Bahia (but it will also stop in Canoa and San Vicente)
- THERE IS NOW NO SEPARATE BUS GOING TO BAHIA VIA CHONE. THEY HAVE COMBINED THE 2 SERVICES AND THE ROUTE IS VIA PEDERNALES AND CANOA.
- Be aware that the buses don’t always leave from the gate number that was specified at the ticket office.
Take the Trans Vencedores bus heading to Pedernales, and then change at the bus terminal for Canoa (which will be any bus going South towards San Vicente, or Bahía, etc.).
Be careful with your belongings at all times at the bus station – don’t be distracted!
Remember to take a sweater with you on the bus as the air conditioning can get very cold! Also, try to get a seat on the right hand side if travelling from Quito by day, as the view is much better.
How to get to Canoa from Guayaquil
From Guayaquil by Bus
You will need to get the bus from the main bus station Jose Joaquin de Olmedo (Terminal Terrestre), located next to the airport. The trip to Bahía de Caráquez takes 5-6 hours. We recommend either Coactur Manabí or Reina del Camino. The Coactur runs every half hour to Bahía, from 4.30 am until 5.30 pm, and the majority of these are executive buses. Reina del Camino buses leave Guayaquil at 8.00 am, 9.45 am, 11.25 am, 12.50 pm, 2.25 pm, and 5.00 pm; All of these are executives.
To arrive directly to Canoa, we recommend the Reina del Camino “Servicio Especial”, departing Guayaquil at 12:30am & 1:50pm. You can also take the Coactur directly to Canoa via buses destined for Pedernales. They leave at 3:10am, 5:15am, 6:25am, 7:10am, 10:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, & 12:15am. If you would like to make the trip at other times of the day, there are shorter distance buses (usually regular services), running every half hour from Guayaquil to Portoviejo - Portoviejo to San Vicente or Bahia – and then San Vicente/Bahia to Pedernales; However we recommend the direct services because they do not involve changing buses, which can get confusing. If you are on a bus destined for Pedernales, keep in mind that there is no bus station in Canoa therefore buses pass through quickly, stopping just long enough to let passengers on or off. While they should announce the stop, it’s best to be paying attention – Canoa is the next town after San Vicente, about 20 km further north. (The Reina del Camino “Servicio Especial” is destined for Canoa, so there should be no confusion about when to get off.)
There are no flights from Guayaquil to Manta or Portoviejo.
How to get to Canoa from Bahía
From Bahía by bus or taxi
To get to Canoa from Bahía, with the addition of the bridge, you can now take a quick taxi to San Vicente ($2) and then a bus onward, or continue in a taxi for another $5. Alternatively, from Bahía, you can get the passenger boat (panga) to San Vicente for $0.50, and then get a $5 taxi or a local or provincial bus. The taxi stands are opposite the opening to the jetty (muelle). The local bus has “Tosagua” written on it, and after Bahía, it goes up to the market before going on to Canoa. The other bus, an hourly Coactur service between Portoviejo and Pedernales, stops on the other side of the road. Just past the next roundabout is the best place to catch it (to the left as you exit the jetty, across the street and about 5 blocks down). Both buses cost $0.75 to Canoa, and will let you off at the corner by the Cyber. If you are coming from the north, get off the Coactur bus at the same corner in Canoa (1.5 hours south of Pedernales).
If you arrive late at night and do not want to go straight to Canoa, we have a few recommendations for hotels or hostels. However, we will happily receive visitors at any time if you choose to head straight to the farm after dark.
Parque Saiananda: A private park half a km from the bus terminal with hotel and full-service restaurant on the river estuary 4 km outside of Bahía (about $2 for a taxi or $1 for a bus followed by a 1/2km walk). This costs $25-100 per night; Make reservations through our office. This is a very special place to stay and is highly recommended. The owner is called Alfredo Harmsen, Tel (05) 2398331.
Please tell them you were referred by us.
How to get to Canoa from Montañita
From Montañita by bus
Many people come from the south. You will begin by getting a bus to Jipijapa (They pass every 30 min or so). DO NOT GO TO MANTA (unless you intend to, otherwise it will add another 2- 3 hours to your trip). From Jipijapa, you switch to another bus to Portoviejo (or ideally Bahía, if a direct one is passing through Jipijapa). If you’ve taken a bus to Portoviejo, switch to another one to Bahía (Reina del Camino or Coactur). Finally, take the Tosagua bus to Canoa.