ECUADOR - ESMERALDAS TONCHIGUE VIA A GALERA KM 10
In South America, from the foot hills of the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, the river Malpelo winds down to the Pacific Coast forming a beautiful bay now called Playa Escondida (hideaway beach). Truly off the beaten track, with the nearest town fourteen km's away, you are assured of privacy, safety, a pristine beach and gentle surf.
The backdrop for this idyllic shoreline is an ecological refuge of 100 hectares. Here we are dedicated to protecting the diverse flora and fauna of the semi-tropical forest from local hunters, logging, cattle and shrimp farming, not to mention commercial tourism; all forces which the threaten the fragile eco-system of this vital littoral.
Come and experience the magic of one of the last frontiers on the Pacific Rim. The refuge currently has capacity for thirty people. Prices range from US$10 to $25 per person. There is a secluded area with lots of shade for camping, with showers. Children up to 10 years old pay half price.
We look forward to welcoming you to our corner of paradise.
Ecological Reserve Cabins
The refuge currently has capacity for thirty people. There are 3 large rustic cabins, each with several completely independent rooms. We have rooms with just one double bed, and others with one double bed plus two or three single beds for small families or groups of friends.
Each room has a private shower and wash basin, and a large patio or balcony with hammocks. Views of the great Pacific or the semi tropical forest. All the toilets are ecological style, dry composters, located a few meters outside of the main cabin.
Prices are per person per night: $25 (includes all taxes). Children 12 years old or under pay half price.
Por favor tomar nota : No aceptamos tarjetas de crédito.
Esta ubicada en la parte lateral, con hermosa vista de la playa y muy cerca del restaurante, la cabaña de tres pisos, con habitaciones muy comodas y amplias, ideal para personas solas, parejas, o familia con niños, puedes disfrutar de la tranquilidad de los balcones y estar acostado relajadamente en las amacas, oyendo las relajas olas, sonidos de pajaros.
Playa Escondida, es una reserva ecologica, aqui no encontraras en las habitaciones ni television, ni aire acondicionado, duchas de agua dulce en cada habitacion, y los baños INODOROS COMPOSTEROS en la parte inferior de la cabaña
Esta ubicada en la parte alta, con hermosa vista de la playa, hermosos jardines, vista a los bosques, la cabaña de dos pisos, con habitaciones comodas, ideal, parejas, persona sola, o familia con niños, puedes disfrutar de la tranquilidad de los balcones y estar acostado relajadamente en las amacas.
Playa Escondida, es una reserva ecologica, duchas de agua dulce en la parte inferior de la casa, y los baños INODOROS COMPOSTEROS en la parte inferior de la cabaña
Esta cabaña muy cerca del bosque de caña de guadua, desde aqui podras ver una gran variedad de aves.
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We have a large shaded area for camping, with showers and composting toilets. There are no cooking facilities, but small campfires are allowed. Cost is $10 per person, including all taxes. Children up to 12 years old pay half price.
COMUNIDAD ECOLOGICA PLAYA ESCONDIDA
Quizas la proxima sea la tuya......... Playa Escondida
Con el transcurso de los años mas personas se han ido involucrando en el proyecto Playa Escondida, ahora ya existe una bonita comunidad de personas que han ido comprando lotes y han construido lindas y hermosas casas en la propiedad.
El precio del metro cuadrado podria variar dependiendo de la ubicacion en la propiedad algunos tienen vista al mar, otros hacia los bosques, y algunos en la area que con el futuro podria ser comercial.
Si te gustaria formar parte de este proyecto su sueño o anehelo es tener una casa vacaciona o vivir en la costa puedes solicitar mas informacion a nuestro corrreo:
Algunas de las cosas construidas en playa escondida
ECUADOR - ESMERALDAS
TONCHIGUE KM 10 VIA
FUERA DE ECUADOR
(593) 996 - 506 - 812
Por favor tomar nota : No aceptamos tarjetas de crédito.
We are always open to people visiting and staying with us as volunteers. Typically projects might include: reforestation, gardening, cleaning and cooking in our restaurant, construction and maintenance of cabins, cleaning the beach litter etc.
Volunteers are asked to pay $10 per day, for a comfortable bed with mosquito net and 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). In exchange we expect that you work 6 hours per day.
The backdrop for this idyllic shoreline is an ecological refuge of 100 hectares. Since 1991 we’ve been dedicated to protecting the diverse flora and fauna of this semi-tropical forest from local hunters, logging, cattle and shrimp farming, not to mention commercial tourism; all forces which threaten the fragile eco-system of this vital littoral.
We are affiliated with Socio Bosque, a government iniciative which pays people to not cut down their forests, or introduce any competing agriculture, cattle, or non native species onto the land.
Our beach is part of 38 kms of protected coastline which has recently been officially declared the Reserva Marina Galera-Cabo San Francisco.
From Quito overland by bus, you'll first need to get to Atacames or Tonchigue on the north coast. We recommend either of two companies:
Trans Esmeraldas, leaving the Mariscal at 9:30 a.m. and arriving in Atacames at about 4:30 or 5 p.m., or their red eye, leaving at about 11:30 p.m. and arriving in Tonchigue about 6 a.m. OR Pan Americana, leaving Quito about 9:30 a.m. and arriving to Atacames about 4:30 or 5 p.m.
From either of these towns, you can take a taxi, local bus, or tricycle to our front gate. We are half way between Tonchigue and Punta Galera.
There are also small pick up trucks and a grey van which pick up passengers from Tonchigue and they should charge you 50 cents.
By Taxi from Atacames - its about $20.
By Local Bus Service
If you choose to travel the final leg to us on a local bus from Atacames, Sua, Same or Tonchigue, there are 2 bus lines which make 5 round trips a day, 2 to 3 hours apart, although the schedules change frequently. They are the Costeñita ( traditional bus) and the River Tabiaso ( big truck with benches, called a “ranchero”). Either one should say Punta Galera +/or Estero de Platanos on the front banner.
The earliest leaves Atacames at about 6:30 a.m., then passes through Tonchigue another 30 minutes later. From Tonchigue they take a further20-30 minutes - to reach Playa Escondida. The latest leaves Atacames about 6 – 6:30 p.m. and arrives here about 7:30 p.m.
Travelling Overland by Private Car (or hitchhiking)
Assuming you’ve found your way to the coast, possibly even to Atacames, then you have about 40 minutes left to your journey. Continue southwest past Sua, Same, and then Tonchigue.
6km west of Tonchigue is Abdon Calderon, or to the locals, the Y, (the “yay”). Here you’ll see our sign directing you to make an abrupt right turn off the main coastal highway, and completing the last 10 kms. to our gate. This is the road to a series of fishing villages including Punta Galera, Estero de Platanos, and finally Cabo San Francisco, and we are roughly half way between Tonchigue and Punta Galera .
If you have hitchhiked to this junction, take a seat at Jessica’s road-side hut, and taste her first class cheese or meat empanadas for 75cents. She will do her best to get you a ride to Playa Escondida with one of the locals.
Be sure to let us know if this works for you, or indeed if you have other creative ways of getting to us here at 'hideaway beach'!