How to get here
The entrance to Río Muchacho is 7 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 7 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 might be able to 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). It is safe to leave your car at the house before the river.
NOTE: Río Muchacho is the name of the farm (Río Muchacho Finca Orgánica), the river, and 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 was lost 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), or 0992777925 preferably at midday or 6 pm (our time). To arrange tours in advance, email us. Please allow 1-4 days for a response.
Taxis (an assortment of cars) wait on the main corner where passengers are dropped off busses (by the Cruz Azul pharmacy). They are there all day and until about 9pm at night.
How to get to Canoa from Quito
From Quito by air
There are flights to Manta from Quito (typically $140-180 return); Check on line 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 to the farm: By taxi, 2 hours and costs $50. By bus to Bahia 2.5 - 3 hours, costs about $4, and you must take a bus to Portoviejo first and then change for one to Bahía, then change to one to Canoa (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. 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 Tel 023824850 (not the commonly mistaken North terminal, about an hour away!). This will cost you $6-10 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)
- Be aware that the buses do not always leave from exactly the gate number that was specified at the ticket office, it could be one or 2 either side.
- You can buy a bus ticket in the centre of Quito without having to go all the way to the terminal. The town office is at 18 de Septiembre y Manuel Larrea. This office is attended 9am-7pm Monday to Friday 9am-1pm Saturday. Tel 02 3216633
- For some strange reason they do not sell bus tickets more than a few days in advance.
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.).
If it is holiday season and there is no space on the first 2 options, get a bus to Manta, get off at Tosagua from where there is a direct bus to Canoa. Even if you take the night bus, the first bus from Tosagua to Canoa leaves around 4.45am. Tell the diver to leave you where the Canoa busses (the tosagueRna) pass. THERE ARE MANY MORE BUSSES GOING TO MANTA THAN BAHIA/ CANOA SO THIS CAN BE A GOOD OPTION. OTHER COMPANIES ALSO DO THIS ROUTE.
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 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.
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 the Bahia terminal you can take the local bus. It has “Tosagua” written on it, and goes across the bridge and up to the San Vicente market before going on to Canoa. A taxi to Canoa will cost $8 from the terminal and $2.50 to San Vicente. There are several bus services that pass San Vicente en route to Canoa. The best place to wait is just past the roundabout. All buses cost about $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 bus at the same corner in Canoa (1.5 hours south of Pedernales). The last services are around 8pm.
All the busses drop passengers at the main corner in Canoa. This is the same corner that taxis wait at.
If you arrive late at night and prefer to come directly to the farm and not be looking for accommodation in Canoa, we will happily receive visitors at any time. It is helpful, but not essential if you can let us know ahead of time, and on arrival ask the taxi to sound the horn until someone appears.
If you get stranded in Bahia we recommend the following places to stay.
Parque Saiananda: A private park half a km from the bus terminal ($1-1.5 taxi) with hotel and full-service restaurant on the river estuary This costs $25-100 per night. It is a very special place to stay and is highly recommended. The owner is called Alfredo Harmsen, Tel (05) 2398331.
Bahia bed and breakfast (in El Astillero) $15/ night.
If you get stranded in Canoa
Coco Loco around $10
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.