Posada Olmito, Canoa , Ecuador

Posada Olmito has a beautiful, classic, beach-cabana look that makes you fall in love with it at first glance. And then you look closer and fall for the place even harder. With an environmental sensitivity, friendly, local staff and gorgeous looks, there's plenty to appreciate.

Billing itself as a “posada ecologica” it's obvious that this hostel is, indeed, constructed with sustainable materials like bamboo, thatch and adobe. Use of plastics is limited, purified water is available to guests with water bottles and Coca-Cola is not served at the bar because of the company’s environmental position.

The hostel is foreign-owned, but the Dutch owner, Harrie, believes strongly in a community approach. It is run by an entirely local staff, and events like art showings or beach clean-ups are periodically held to bring together the community.

The three-story guest house is located just off the beach, and views of Canoa’s famous sunsets are sublime on clear days.
There are eight rooms named after Ecuadorian trees like Guadua, Huayacan and Papiro. Four are matrimonial and four are dorms. Likewise, half have private bathrooms and half are shared. There is a wide range in rates, depending upon the room type. For the budget backpacker, prices start at $6 per person for a dorm bed and go up to about $15 per person for private rooms; for a serious splurge, the nicest room is $40.

The first thing you will notice on arrival is the large, attractive courtyard complete with tons of seating, palm trees and hammocks. It’s a great place for a large group, though it is quiet and peaceful, located near the southern end of the beachfront strip. There’s also a restaurant that serves breakfast (with plans to expand to lunch and dinner service in the future), as well as a bar.

Posada Olmito also works with a guide who can pick a maximum of six people up from the Manta airport. Tours can be arranged for various excursions throughout Ecuador; just e-mail in advance for details.
How to get there...
Canoa is tiny, so it’s easy to find Posada Olmito. From the corner where the bus lets you off at the main street and the beachfront street, head south on the beachfront street (left if you’re facing the beach) for about four blocks. It’s on the left just after the last street past Coco Loco.
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Report & Photos by: Rob Hodges & Kate Ellis
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9 5533341 (cel)
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