Galera, Esmeraldas, Ecuador Accommodations

Accommodations in Galera

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The SpaceCielo, the top of three floors in Casa Tambien, has hardwood floors throughout, a slightly smaller but complete kitchen, and a tile shower and bathtub. Cielo has some of the best views of the Ecuadorean coast, with a commanding 180-degree panorama of the cliffs that extend for miles on either side of Playa Escondida. Looking up, you see a beautiful pyramid roof constructed of tropical woods, bamboo canes, flayed-out bamboo, and thatch. The eaves of the roof extend two meters past the deck which, surrounds the apartment on all four sides. The kitchen, bedroom and living room are all screened in. Everything is hand-made: the exceptionally comfortable Queen-size bed in the bedroom, the bamboo and parchment doors, the two 1x2 meter singled beds in the living rooms, and the dining table on the deck. Locked storage cupboards for backpacks, food, etc. abound in all three rooms. Relax and rejuvenate. Guest AccessGuests get their own personal keys for accessing the entire floor through a solid wooden door off the exterior staircase, as well as smaller keys for the locked storage areas within the apartment. All guests at Casa Tambien have full access to the beach and lovingly maintained walking trails at Playa Escondida, as well as to its beachfront restaurant and bar. Interaction with GuestsExcept when we’re at our house in Ecuador (1-2 months most years), our contact with guests is via email or phone. Playa Escondida’s owner is Canadian, and other English-speaking workers can provide laundry services, and assist with other questions and needs. The NeighborhoodCasa Tambien sits in Playa Escondida, a secluded, safe ecological reserve, sitting on a forty-foot cliff overlooking a sandy beach with excellent body-surfing waves. Weather and water temperature are almost perfect year round. The ecological reserve is a 240-acre brain-child of a Canadian visionary and environmentalist. She and her local workers have sculpted beautiful paths in the tropical grounds, built simple thatched roof huts and composting privies by hand, and nested a full restaurant and bar right next to the sandy beach. While there are four-and five-star exclusive, gated communities and resorts in Ecuador that cater only to the wealthy, Playa Escondida is unsual in that it’s a secluded beach paradise that’s quiet, safe, peaceful, beautiful and affordable. A small river and estuary running through Playa Escondida created the sandy, protected beach eons ago. The rocky cliffs that extend for miles in either direction, and Ecuador’s designation of this coastline as a Marine Reserve, assure that no other devleopment will occur within miles of Playa Escondida. Come spend a week or a month in one of the most peaceful, beautiful and isolated spots on Planet Earth. Getting AroundIt is best to have a car if you plan to go to and from Playa Escondida a lot. For infrequent sorties out of the reserve, inexpensive and infrequent buses--ask the locals for the schedule--or expensive taxis can take you to Tonchigue, seven miles away. There, you can buy groceries, fresh fish off the beach, pharmaceutical supplies, etc. The buses also extend to bigger towns and cities further down the coast. It’s best to come stay awhile at Casa Tambien...and, if you’re going to cook in one or more of our kitchens, to buy your groceries on the way in (we can provide more details upon your registration). Other Things to NoteWhile the listing is for ONE bedroom and THREE beds, note that the exceptionally comfortable Queen bed is in a private bedroom. The other two single beds, each one by two meters, thus quite a bit bigger than standard single beds, and made of thick foam, are in the living room or living area. We, the owners, designed everything in the house: the tiled and hardwood floors, the eleven-foot ceilings, the wide eaves that bring in the morning sun and sunsets, while protecting guests from the midday sun. Linens, kitchen items, wooden counters, etc. have also been selected by us. We built the house over a number of years, finishing it in 2013. When we first came to the Ecuadorean coast, we expected a cold Pacific Ocean, high heat and lots of mosquitoes. We found none of these. The Humboldt Current keeps the Pacific warm here, 365 days a year. The ocean breezes keep the air temperature between 60 and 85 (occasionally hotter), and nine months a year, in the dry season, you can’t find a mosquito, and even during the “rainy season,” it usually rains only in the afternoon, so the “skeeters” are at a minimum. Still, we’ve got mosquito nets for all beds, and have screened in the entire living areas on all three floors. That said, we spend most of our time, when in the house, on the expansive shaded decks that surround the living areas. The eleven-foot ceilings provide unbelievable views of the Pacific, the cliffs along the coast, the other thatched roof homes and “pallapas” in the reserve, and the beautiful tropical flora and fauna that surround you. When you leave the house: Saunter down to the sea for some body-surfing in water that heals your body. Enjoy fish, lobster, shrimp or ceviches that were in the ocean just a day or two ago. Take a walk down the coast through openings made in the rock over thousands of years. Explore for shells, draw a picture, “harvest” some driftwood, sit on a rock. Read a book. Or three. Or ten. Paint a picture, on the beach, or on your deck. Put your feet up on one of the ten hammocks throughout the house. Take a nap. Do some yoga. Meditate. And think about coming here next time with your entire yoga or meditation group. While there are beds for twelve people in Casa Tambien, if others brought sleeping bags, the house could accommodate many, many more. The screened-in living area comprised only about one-third of the square footage, while the decks comprise two-thirds of the floor space.
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  • Parking
The SpaceAves, the second of three floors in Casa Tambien, has hardwood floors throughout. The bathroom has a tiled shower. Aves feels like an adult treehouse, with all the comforts of home. Situated in the trees, beautiful views of the ocean and the surrounding grounds combine with the sounds of tropical birds, for a most relaxing environment. A 360-degree deck, ten feet wide on two sides, surrounds the screened-in living area. Everything is hand-made: the comfortable Queen-size bed in the bedroom, the bamboo and parchment doors, the two 1x2 meter singled beds in the living rooms, and the dining table on the deck. Locked storage cupboards for backpacks, food, etc. abound in all three rooms. Relax and rejuvenate. Guest AccessGuest who stay in Aves will get their own key for the second floor apartment, as well as smaller keys for locked storage areas within the apartment. All guests at Casa Tambien have full access to the beach and lovingly maintained walking trails at Playa Escondida, as well as to its beachfront restaurant and bar. Interaction with GuestsExcept when we’re at our house in Ecuador (1-2 months most years), our contact with guests is via email or phone. Playa Escondida’s owner is Canadian, and other English-speaking workers can provide laundry services, and assist with other questions and needs. The NeighborhoodCasa Tambien sits in Playa Escondida, a secluded, safe ecological reserve, sitting on a forty-foot cliff overlooking a sandy beach with excellent body-surfing waves. Weather and water temperature are almost perfect year round. The ecological reserve is a 240-acre brain-child of a Canadian visionary and environmentalist. She and her local workers have sculpted beautiful paths in the tropical grounds, built simple thatched roof huts and composting privies by hand, and nested a full restaurant and bar right next to the sandy beach. While there are four-and five-star exclusive, gated communities and resorts in Ecuador that cater only to the wealthy, Playa Escondida is unsual in that it’s a secluded beach paradise that’s quiet, safe, peaceful, beautiful and affordable. A small river and estuary running through Playa Escondida created the sandy, protected beach eons ago. The rocky cliffs that extend for miles in either direction, and Ecuador’s designation of this coastline as a Marine Reserve, assure that no other devleopment will occur within miles of Playa Escondida. Come spend a week or a month in one of the most peaceful, beautiful and isolated spots on Planet Earth. Getting AroundIt is best to have a car if you plan to go to and from Playa Escondida a lot. For infrequent sorties out of the reserve, inexpensive and infrequent buses--ask the locals for the schedule--or expensive taxis can take you to Tonchigue, seven miles away. There, you can buy groceries, fresh fish off the beach, pharmaceutical supplies, etc. The buses also extend to bigger towns and cities further down the coast. It’s best to come stay awhile at Casa Tambien...and, if you’re going to cook in one or more of our kitchens, to buy your groceries on the way in (we can provide more details upon your registration). Other Things to NoteWhile the listing is for ONE bedroom and THREE beds, note that the exceptionally comfortable Queen bed is in a private bedroom. The other two single beds, each one by two meters, thus quite a bit bigger than standard single beds, and made of thick foam, are in the living room or living area. We, the owners, designed everything in the house: the tiled and hardwood floors, the eleven-foot ceilings, the wide eaves that bring in the morning sun and sunsets, while protecting guests from the midday sun. Linens, kitchen items, wooden counters, etc. have also been selected by us. We built the house over a number of years, finishing it in 2013. When we first came to the Ecuadorean coast, we expected a cold Pacific Ocean, high heat and lots of mosquitoes. We found none of these. The Humboldt Current keeps the Pacific warm here, 365 days a year. The ocean breezes keep the air temperature between 60 and 85 (occasionally hotter), and nine months a year, in the dry season, you can’t find a mosquito, and even during the “rainy season,” it usually rains only in the afternoon, so the “skeeters” are at a minimum. Still, we’ve got mosquito nets for all beds, and have screened in the entire living areas on all three floors. That said, we spend most of our time, when in the house, on the expansive shaded decks that surround the living areas. The eleven-foot ceilings provide unbelievable views of the Pacific, the cliffs along the coast, the other thatched roof homes and “pallapas” in the reserve, and the beautiful tropical flora and fauna that surround you. When you leave the house: Saunter down to the sea for some body-surfing in water that heals your body. Enjoy fish, lobster, shrimp or ceviches that were in the ocean just a day or two ago. Take a walk down the coast through openings made in the rock over thousands of years. Explore for shells, draw a picture, “harvest” some driftwood, sit on a rock. Read a book. Or three. Or ten. Paint a picture, on the beach, or on your deck. Put your feet up on one of the ten hammocks throughout the house. Take a nap. Do some yoga. Meditate. And think about coming here next time with your entire yoga or meditation group. While there are beds for twelve people in Casa Tambien, if others brought sleeping bags, the house could accommodate many, many more. The screened-in living area comprised only about one-third of the square footage, while the decks comprise two-thirds of the floor space.
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1br Home/Apartment
  • Wifi
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The SpaceVerano is a place where there’s no need for heating or air-conditioning. This apartment is simplicity, transparency and beauty, with built-in furniture and ocean-inspired décor. Eloquently clear of clutter, Verano’s various hues of sand pink and white tile offer a clean, breezy look next to the sea. The best of barefoot living with all the amenities. Guest AccessGuests get their own personal key for the front door, as well as smaller keys for the locked storage areas within the apartment. All guests at Casa Tambien have full access to the beach and lovingly maintained walking trails at Playa Escondida, as well as to its beachfront restaurant and bar. Interaction with GuestsExcept when we’re at our house in Ecuador (1-2 months most years), our contact with guests is via email or phone. Playa Escondida’s owner is Canadian, and other English-speaking workers can provide laundry services, and assist with other questions and needs. The NeighborhoodCasa Tambien sits in Playa Escondida, a secluded, safe ecological reserve, sitting on a forty-foot cliff overlooking a sandy beach with excellent body-surfing waves. Weather and water temperature are almost perfect year round. The ecological reserve is a 240-acre brain-child of a Canadian visionary and environmentalist. She and her local workers have sculpted beautiful paths in the tropical grounds, built simple thatched roof huts and composting privies by hand, and nested a full restaurant and bar right next to the sandy beach. While there are four-and five-star exclusive, gated communities and resorts in Ecuador that cater only to the wealthy, Playa Escondida is unsual in that it’s a secluded beach paradise that’s quiet, safe, peaceful, beautiful and affordable. A small river and estuary running through Playa Escondida created the sandy, protected beach eons ago. The rocky cliffs that extend for miles in either direction, and Ecuador’s designation of this coastline as a Marine Reserve, assure that no other devleopment will occur within miles of Playa Escondida. Come spend a week or a month in one of the most peaceful, beautiful and isolated spots on Planet Earth. Getting Around It is best to have a car if you plan to go to and from Playa Escondida a lot. For infrequent sorties out of the reserve, inexpensive and infrequent buses--ask the locals for the schedule--or expensive taxis can take you to Tonchigue, seven miles away. There, you can buy groceries, fresh fish off the beach, pharmaceutical supplies, etc. The buses also extend to bigger towns and cities further down the coast. It’s best to come stay awhile at Casa Tambien...and, if you’re going to cook in one or more of our kitchens, to buy your groceries on the way in (we can provide more details upon your registration). Other Things to NoteWhile the listing is for ONE bedroom and THREE beds, note that the exceptionally comfortable Queen bed is in a private bedroom. The other two single beds, each one by two meters, thus quite a bit bigger than standard single beds, and made of thick foam, are in the living room or living area. We, the owners, designed everything in the house: the tiled and hardwood floors, the eleven-foot ceilings, the wide eaves that bring in the morning sun and sunsets, while protecting guests from the midday sun. Linens, kitchen items, wooden counters, etc. have also been selected by us. We built the house over a number of years, finishing it in 2013. When we first came to the Ecuadorean coast, we expected a cold Pacific Ocean, high heat and lots of mosquitoes. We found none of these. The Humboldt Current keeps the Pacific warm here, 365 days a year. The ocean breezes keep the air temperature between 60 and 85 (occasionally hotter), and nine months a year, in the dry season, you can’t find a mosquito, and even during the “rainy season,” it usually rains only in the afternoon, so the “skeeters” are at a minimum. Still, we’ve got mosquito nets for all beds, and have screened in the entire living areas on all three floors. That said, we spend most of our time, when in the house, on the expansive shaded decks that surround the living areas. The eleven-foot ceilings provide unbelievable views of the Pacific, the cliffs along the coast, the other thatched roof homes and “pallapas” in the reserve, and the beautiful tropical flora and fauna that surround you. When you leave the house: Saunter down to the sea for some body-surfing in water that heals your body. Enjoy fish, lobster, shrimp or ceviches that were in the ocean just a day or two ago. Take a walk down the coast through openings made in the rock over thousands of years. Explore for shells, draw a picture, “harvest” some driftwood, sit on a rock. Read a book. Or three. Or ten. Paint a picture, on the beach, or on your deck. Put your feet up on one of the ten hammocks throughout the house. Take a nap. Do some yoga. Meditate. And think about coming here next time with your entire yoga or meditation group. While there are beds for twelve people in Casa Tambien, if others brought sleeping bags, the house could accommodate many, many more. The screened-in living area comprised only about one-third of the square footage, while the decks comprise two-thirds of the floor space.
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6br Home/Apartment
    The SpaceCasa También is open to the diverse, natural beauty of the Ecuadorean coast. Screened-in living spaces, locked doors, and the ecological reserve itself provide safety and security. Cook all your meals in Casa Tambien, or eat at the beachfront restaurant/bar. Sounds of tropical birds and the 24/7 gentle whoosh of the ocean encourage relaxation. Options: walks on the beach, body surfing in a warm ocean, nature and geological explorations, creative endeavors, naps, and envisioning new choices for yourself. Come to relax, get inspired, and pamper yourself. The house has beds for 12 people, but many more could sleep in sleeping bags, or in any of the many hammocks that hang on the wide wrap-around porches. The house is perfect for yoga or meditation retreats, naturalists, large family (or friends' ) reunions, visionary board and business retreats, etc. Guest AccessGuests get their own personal keys for accessing each of the three floors. All guests at Casa Tambien also have full access to the beach and the lovingly maintained walking trails at Playa Escondida, as well as to its beachfront restaurant and bar. Interaction with GuestsExcept when we're at our house in Ecuador (1-2 months most years), our contact with guests is via email or phone. Playa Escondida's owner is Canadian, and other English-speaking workers can provide laundry services and assist with other questions and needs. People who rent the entire home will have it all to themselves. They can interact as much or as little as they want with homeowners or other guests at Playa Escondida. Casa Tambien is very private. The NeighborhoodOur 3-story beach house sits in Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach), on a 40-foot cliff overlooking the always warm Pacific Ocean. Five-minute foot paths take you through tropical splendor to the restaurant bar, to the beach, to other homes that dot the reserve. Peaceful silence abounds, other than the sounds of the birds and the whoosh of the ocean. Both the homeowners and the guests who visit Playa Escondida tend to be an international group of outdoorsy, traveling individuals who are fun to meet...or not. Remember: it's a secluded beach paradise. While there are four- and five-star exclusive, gated communities and resorts in Ecuador that cater only to the wealthy, Playa Escondida is unusual in that it's a secluded beach paradise that's quiet, safe, peaceful, beautiful AND...affordable. Note: For other activities in and around the community, see "Other Things to Note" below. Getting AroundIt is ideal to rent a car in either Quito or, if you fly from Quito to the coast, to rent a car in Esmeraldas, our provincial capital. Tonchigue, only seven miles from Playa Escondida, has markets, a pharmacy, a hardware store, FRESH seafood to buy off the boats on the beach, etc. Buses run past Playa Escondida several times a day, and mini-taxis can be ordered from Tonchigue. Buses also extend to bigger towns and cities further down the coast. It's best to come and stay awhile, and if you're gonna cook for yourself, stock up on your way in. We can help with details via e-mail. Other Things to NoteWhile a rudimentary grasp of Spanish is needed to get around in most of Ecuador, both the Canadian owner, and several of her American helpers speak English in Playa Escondida. That makes navigating the restaurant or getting your laundry done easier. While the listing for each floor is for ONE bedroom and THREE beds, note that the exceptionally comfortable Queen bed is in a private bedroom. The other two single beds, each one by two meters, thus quite a bit bigger than standard single beds, and made of thick foam, are in the living area. Saunter down to the sea for some body-surfing in water that heals your body. Enjoy fish, lobster, shrimp or ceviches that were in the ocean just a day or two ago. Take a walk down the coast through openings made in the rock over thousands of years. Explore for shells, draw a picture, “harvest” some driftwood, sit on a rock. Read a book. Or three. Or ten. Paint a picture, on the beach, or on your deck. Put your feet up on one of the ten hammocks throughout the house. Take a nap. Do some yoga. Meditate. And think about coming here next time with your entire yoga or meditation group. While there are beds for twelve people in Casa Tambien, if others brought sleeping bags, the house could accommodate many, many more. The screened-in living area comprises only about one-third of the square footage, while the decks comprise two-thirds of the floor space. For kids there is nothing better than walking, digging, collecting shells on the beach and swimming in the warm waters of Playa Esondida. We have left art supplies and some games in the bodega (or locked storage room) of our house: ask Wilfer, the gardener, to open it for you. There is a two-person swing, and more play equipment coming; one of the owners has a playground-building company in NC: see (URL HIDDEN) The grassy yard is for bare feet. Note: Whale-watching, kayaking, chocolate-making, bird-watching, and many other tours, can be arranged nearby.
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    6br Home/Apartment
    • Smoking Allowed
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    • Swimming Pool
    La casa se encuentra situada en una colina con hermosa vista al mar y al bosque tropical. También cuenta con un amplio balcón, ventiladores, TV con opción a DirecTV prepago, cuidador 24h, piscina e hidromasajes y un amplio parqueadero.
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    La casa está ubicada en una colina a lado del mar con espectacular vista. Posibilidades de hacer visitas al bosque primario y cascadas. Playa frecuentada por surfistas. Estero del Plátano es un pequeño y tranquilo pueblo de pescadores.
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    • Breakfast
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    This property was deactivated by the owner. We have found several other available options for your stay.
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    6br Home/Apartment
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    • Wifi
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    Over the last ten years my wife and I have built a three-story house, on a forty-foot cliff overlooking the Pacific Coast in Ecuador. Three kitchens, three queen bedrooms, two single beds on each floor, three bathrooms. Hot and cold water. The porches wrapping around the living quarters are broad and heavenly. The air temperature is usually between 55 and 85 (Farhenheit), and the ocean temp. is always nice. Tropical plants and birds are everywhere. About the only sounds you hear are those birds, the ocean, laughter and your sighs of pleasure.
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    • Pets Allowed
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    Aves (or Birds) is a fully-equipped tree-top apartment on the 2nd floor of a lovely, owner-built home, Tambien, nestled in an ecological retreat on the always warm Pacific Ocean of Ecuador. Aves has a large, complete kitchen, is enclosed, with all around. There is a separate bedroom with a queen sized bed, and two large sleeping sofas, one by two meters, all complete with mosquito nets. Walk down a path to a lovely beach suitable for swimming and body surfing. Separate parking and wireless internet.
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      Cielo (or Sky) is a fully-equipped tree-top apartment on the 3rd floor of a lovely, owner-built home, nestled in an ecological retreat on the always warm Pacific Ocean of Ecuador. Cielo has a large, complete kitchen and all around. The Space Cielo is the top floor of Casa También: a fully-equipped beach house. See and hear the ocean from every angle. Treetops sway below you. A 10-ft. wide porch encircles the house. Perfect for couples, writers, painters, families and retreats. The bathroom has a shower and tub. Situated in the trees, beautiful views of the ocean and the surrounding grounds combine with the sounds of tropical birds, for a most relaxing environment. A 360-degree deck, ten feet wide on two sides, surrounds the screened-in living area. Everything is hand-made: the comfortable Queen-size bed in the bedroom, the bamboo and parchment doors, the two 1x2 meter singled beds in the living rooms, and the dining table on the deck. Locked storage cupboards for backpacks, food, etc. abound in all three rooms. Relax and rejuvenate. Guest Access Guest who stay in Aves will get their own key for the second floor apartment, as well as smaller keys for locked storage areas within the apartment. All guests at Casa Tambien have full access to the beach and lovingly maintained walking trails at Playa Escondida, as well as to its beachfront restaurant and bar. Interaction with Guests Except when we’re at our house in Ecuador (1-2 months most years), our contact with guests is via email or phone. Playa Escondida’s owner is Canadian, and other English-speaking workers can provide laundry services, and assist with other questions and needs. The Neighborhood Casa Tambien sits in Playa Escondida, a secluded, safe ecological reserve, sitting on a forty-foot cliff overlooking a sandy beach with excellent body-surfing waves. Weather and water temperature are almost perfect year round. The ecological reserve is a 240-acre brain-child of a Canadian visionary and environmentalist. She and her local workers have sculpted beautiful paths in the tropical grounds, built simple thatched roof huts and composting privies by hand, and nested a full restaurant and bar right next to the sandy beach. While there are four-and five-star exclusive, gated communities and resorts in Ecuador that cater only to the wealthy, Playa Escondida is unsual in that it’s a secluded beach paradise that’s quiet, safe, peaceful, beautiful and affordable. A small river and estuary running through Playa Escondida created the sandy, protected beach eons ago. The rocky cliffs that extend for miles in either direction, and Ecuador’s designation of this coastline as a Marine Reserve, assure that no other devleopment will occur within miles of Playa Escondida. Come spend a week or a month in one of the most peaceful, beautiful and isolated spots on Planet Earth. Getting Around It is best to have a car if you plan to go to and from Playa Escondida a lot. For infrequent sorties out of the reserve, inexpensive and infrequent buses--ask the locals for the schedule--or expensive taxis can take you to Tonchigue, seven miles away. There, you can buy groceries, fresh fish off the beach, pharmaceutical supplies, etc. The buses also extend to bigger towns and cities further down the coast. It’s best to come stay awhile at Casa if you’re going to cook in one or more of our kitchens, to buy your groceries on the way in (we can provide more details upon your registration). Other Things to Note While the listing is for ONE bedroom and THREE beds, note that the exceptionally comfortable Queen bed is in a private bedroom. The other two single beds, each one by two meters, thus quite a bit bigger than standard single beds, and made of thick foam, are in the living room or living area. We, the owners, designed everything in the house: the tiled and hardwood floors, the eleven-foot ceilings, the wide eaves that bring in the morning sun and sunsets, while protecting guests from the midday sun. Linens, kitchen items, wooden counters, etc. have also been selected by us. We built the house over a number of years, finishing it in 2013. When we first came to the Ecuadorean coast, we expected a cold Pacific Ocean, high heat and lots of mosquitoes. We found none of these. The Humboldt Current keeps the Pacific warm here, 365 days a year. The ocean breezes keep the air temperature between 60 and 85 (occasionally hotter), and nine months a year, in the dry season, you can’t find a mosquito, and even during the “rainy season,” it usually rains only in the afternoon, so the “skeeters” are at a minimum. Still, we’ve got mosquito nets for all beds, and have screened in the entire living areas on all three floors. That said, we spend most of our time, when in the house, on the expansive shaded decks that surround the living areas. The eleven-foot ceilings provide unbelievable views of the Pacific, the cliffs along the coast, the other thatched roof homes and “pallapas” in the reserve, and the beautiful tropical flora and fauna that surround you. When you leave the house: Saunter down to the sea for some body-surfing in water that heals your body. Enjoy fish, lobster, shrimp or ceviches that were in the ocean just a day or two ago. Take a walk down the coast through openings made in the rock over thousands of years. Explore for shells, draw a picture, “harvest” some driftwood, sit on a rock. Read a book. Or three. Or ten. Paint a picture, on the beach, or on your deck. Put your feet up on one of the ten hammocks throughout the house. Take a nap. Do some yoga. Meditate. And think about coming here next time with your entire yoga or meditation group. While there are beds for twelve people in Casa Tambien, if others brought sleeping bags, the house could accommodate many, many more. The screened-in living area comprised only about one-third of the square footage, while the decks comprise two-thirds of the floor space.