We left Canoa after a nice three days relaxing at the Posada de Daniel and headed further north to Atacames in the province of Esmeraldas a slightly more touristy beach town than we had been at along our coastal journey. Apparently this is a closer place for quiteños (people from Quito) can reach for a getaway vacation than the other smaller beach towns down the coast of Manabi.
We left Cruzita pretty early in the morning and headed out towards Canoa, another chilled out surf town. We had to go inland a ways and then cross the Bahía de Caráquez in a small little wobbly canoe that felt like it would flip over at any second. The driver seemed to have this little crazy look in his eye. All the other people in the canoe were really interested in talking to this little (and I mean tiny) old lady who’s birthday is tomorrow and she was turning 90 years young.
After leaving Puerto Lopez, we headed up the coast towards Cruzita passing through the large port town of Manta to take out some money from the Bank and we grabbed lunch there too. We had planned to go hangliding there from the cliffs over the ocean but when we got there around 5:30 pm there was no wind whatsoever. So we decided we`d camp on the beach and save a few bucks because the cheapest hotel was like 8 bucks per person (WAY TOO expensive here).