We arranged with the Lodge to be picked up at the airport in Manta. After about an hour drive the road ended at the coast and our driver made a left turn right onto the beautiful beach. About 20 minutes later we were at the lodge which is perched on a hillside with incredible views up and down the beach. What is most amazing about the views is that there was NOBODY on the beach. Since there is no road to Chirije and you can only come and go when the tide is low, the Chirije guests have miles of beached to explore with virtually nobody else on the beach.
Our room was comfortable with great beach view from the room and a comfortable hammock. We enjoyed watching the pelicans fly by and the frigate birds diving. If you want the best room, ask for the one that President Correa and his family stayed at.
The beach and surrounding cliffs have lots of pre-colombian ceramic shards and the Lodge has a museum with artifacts. Some of the teenagers took surfing lessons and we all enjoyed the ocean.
We had such a relaxing vist at Chirije but didn't see any UFOs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chirije is an ecolodge located on a secluded beach atop an ancient archaeological site. Bahía de Caráquez is the nearest town to the resort, located 15km North of the site. On the coast of Ecuador, Chirije lies just 90 km south of the Equator line. The only way to access this piece of ancient paradise is to drive with us on the beach, while enjoying an incredible view. Come and enjoy this unique and authentic experience! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chirije Ecolodge Ecuador/Bahia De Caraquez