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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I know before I come?
We are located 15 kms from Canoa beach on the top of a large hill overlooking the beautiful valley of Tabuchila (Manabí, Ecuador). The short 300 mts from the main road is an intense 15 minutes uphill walk up a steep dirt road. Though many like to walk the 4 kms from the main road to our food farm, most agree that the first trip from Canoa is a must by taxi, for most come with luggage. However, the taxi DOES NOT go up our road (the last 300mts). If you don’t think to be physically fit to climb up that last bit, let us know so we can arrange to meet you down the hill.
We live active and healthy lives here because we choose to, and also because the environment fosters it. Be prepared for daily walking in hilly terrain, manual tasks, and rewarding sleep. We have had people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities stay with us.
Also, we are committed to sustainable living and that includes composting toilets.
Farm equals nature equals bugs . They are just part of our environment and all our living spaces are open! So if you need some, please bring natural bug repellent. We provide mosquito nets for a sweet sleep.
What are the facilities like?
We provide a shared kitchen with a fridge, gas-cooking-unit, sink, natural dishwashing soap and basic cutlery.
Compost toilets and showers are shared.
We have private single, matrimonial and shared rooms. Every bed has sheets and a mosquito net.
The guest house has many common living spaces with hammocks, a variety of books and board games. We trust that common sense and respect of each other spaces is within each and all of us.
Where can I buy my groceries?
In Canoa there is basic food items (fruits, veggies, and basic goods). There is a big local market in San Vicente (40 min) and a Shopping Mall in Bahia (45 min from the farm). You can get fresh milk from the neighbors cows, just ask us ahead. We have chicken laying eggs and we grow fruits and veggies on the farm. You are more than welcome to eat them! We also provide all our volunteers with a food basket, including the basics, like rice or quinoa, beans, oats, panela, oil and spices.
Do I need immunizations ?
Check this with your doctors back home. Though the whole Manabí province is malaria free.
How many people are there?
Though we have a bigger than ourselves project, we are a small family farm with limited space. The amount of people (besides us four penguins) can vary from just yourself to 6-7. We, Soa, Simon, Lili and Lulu live in a separate house next to the Yoga Shala (Guesthouse). We are as loud as a family with young ones can be. The Yoga Shala capacity is for 6 people and there is a camping area. Animals are a big part of the farm and they will walk freely around your house.
How fit should I be?
A healthy and active lifestyle is always good if you want to help on the farm with feeding animals and organic farming. You can also relax in a hammock all day. Therefore, if you can make it up the hill, after that, anything is possible!
How far is the nearest medical care?
There is a small dispensary open during the day for small problems but the nearest clinic is in Canoa, 20 minutes away. The nearest hospital is in San Vicente, 40 minutes away. We will do anything we can in the event of an emergency, but please know your own limits and needs in regards to your health.
Can I receive mail?
The nearest mail service is in Bahia but it is highly ineffective. We strongly recommend DHL in San Vicente, 40 minutes away.
Do I need a visa?
Ecuador gives out a free three months tourist entry visa to foreigners of most countries. Check with your consulate.
Can I smoke?
We kindly ask you to smoke away from the other guests. If you respect the other residents, we won’t make too much of a fuss.
Can I drink alcohol?
You are welcome to enjoy some wine or beer with dinner (including our homemade wines). We do, however, ask that you refrain from drinking heavily so not to disturb the peace of the other residents of the farm. Drinking is not allowed on the yoga terrace. In general we are trying to encourage a healthy, rejuvenating atmosphere so use your best judgment.
What should I bring?
Less than you think – pack lightly! Bring a Flashlight/headlamp, a good book (although we have a lot of good books here in three languages), long pants, farm shoes, sunscreen and any personal medications or toiletries you may require. Bathing suit and a beach towel is a must have for your visit to the beach. If you are particular about your hygiene, please try to bring biodegradable soaps, shampoos. And avoid bringing big dollar bills, like 100$ and 50$, since local shops and restaurants rarely have enough change.
How far away is the beach?
20 minutes taxi ride.
Can I charge my phone or laptop?
There is electricity available in the Yoga Shala. We do encourage a minimum use of screens, though, to enjoy the digital detox and the real nature of the sacred space we provide for you.