The SpaceRío Muchacho nestles in a small valley on the coast of Ecuador, 40 minutes north of Bahía de Caraquez Ecocity and 15 minutes from the popular beach town of Canoa. We can organise transport from Canoa at our office, or just jump in a taxi and ask to go to Rio Muchacho Organic Farm, they should know where we are (we have been here for 25 years!).
Linchero is our newly renovated villa. Made out of traditional materials, this room is perfect for a couple or small families. Nestled over the Muchacho River, you will hear the gentle trickling of the river at night and will be open to the beautiful songs of the local birds during the day.
The Río Muchacho Organic Farm, named one of the 13 best examples of responsible tourism on planet earth (Channel 5 Montreal – Another Way to Travel) and one of National Geographic Travel’s eight favourite places to stay in Ecuador, is an internationally recognized example of sustainable land management through permaculture design and agroecology.
The sustainable farm and learning center are based on Agroecology and Permaculture principles. The 9.5 ha property is an oasis of food forests, extensive vegetable gardens, pasture, agroforestry areas, models of alternative energy, and rotational animal raising areas. Over one hundred crops are rotated throughout the year and the farm is home to many pigs, chickens, horses, dogs, ducks, cats, composting worms, cows, guinea pigs, and of course humans. Guest AccessGuests have access to the entire farm premises. We also offer exciting 1,2,& 3 day tours, along with numerous different educational courses. Our tours have been given a Tripadvisor certificate of excellence and are featured throughout the lonely planet. Interaction with GuestsThere is always someone available to suit any of your needs. The NeighborhoodRío Muchacho is 80m above sea level and sits in a transition zone where the dry tropical forest and the wet tropical forest converge. It is heavily influenced by both the Humboldt and El Niño currents. Río Muchacho sits at the convergence of these two ecosystems and therefore has a great variety of trees, plants, birds, animals and insects from both the dry tropical forest and the wet tropical forest.
The cold water Humboldt Current comes from the south parallel to the coast and, just opposite Río Muchacho, at the Cabo Pasado, it changes course towards the Galápagos. Its major influence occurs between June and October and directly affects the vegetation of the coastline. This forms the dry tropical forest ecosystem characterized by lower temperatures, cloud cover, mist and humid breezes, while the June showers allow for the ripening of coffee beans for harvest.
The warm water current of El Niño, on the other hand, flows from the north, moving close to shore during the month of December. The current produces massive evaporation of ocean water, which results in clouds, heavy rains and temperatures of over 40°. The winter (rainy season) and the wet tropical forest ecosystem result from this current. Getting AroundRío Muchacho is nestled in a small valley on the tropical coast of Ecuador, 15 minutes from the popular beach & surf town of Canoa. Canoa is increasingly popular with travellers, but still very laid back. With mostly unpaved streets, and a lovely stretch of sandy and clean beach, the town is small and ends at the cliffs in the north. The days here are sunny and relaxed, the waves are perfect for surfing, and the sunsets spectacular. June to November is considerably more cloudy and cooler. Other Things to NoteThe area is safe and you don´t need to be concerned about walking alone during the day. The people of Río Muchacho are very friendly and helpful, however it is not well looked upon that you walk alone at night – try to return to the farm during daylight hours.
There are lockers on the farm for securing valuables. Sometimes there are lots of visitors and as a precaution we suggest that you lock the room when not in it, and avoid leaving cash or other valuables in the cabins – we do not take responsibility for lost items that were left out or in the rooms.