Bahía de Caráquez Travel Guide

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Bahía de Caráquez Things to Do

  • Museo Bahía de Caraquez

    Museo de Bahía is a good museum with exhibitions on three floors. On the first and second floor there are archaeological exhibitions with items from different costal pre-Colombian cultures, like the Caras, Jamas and Coaques. There is a lot of pottery, but also stone figurines, gold pectorals and jewelry. There are tools from 8800 BC, which belong...

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  • Take a Ferry Ride

    From the bay at Bahia de Caraquez, take a boat ferry for about $2.00 to the small fishing village of San Vicente. The trip is pleasant with "entertainment" included in some of the ferries. Once in San Vicente explore the town, it is worth it!

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  • Eco tour of Isla Corazon

    We took a 5 hour eco tour of Isla Corazon. It cost $26 per person, minimum of 2 persons for the tour to be conducted. We met our guide at the travel agency near the Hotel Italia in central Biaha. He walked with us several blocks to the ferry. When we arrived at the other side of the river, in San Vincente, we waited on the corner for the bus going...

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Bahía de Caráquez Hotels

Bahía de Caráquez Restaurants

  • Puerto Amistad

    I had been told that the food is good at Puerto Amistad, so after the disappointment with Muelle Uno I decided to take a walk to Puerto Amistad the next day. Puerto Amistad is also situated by the estuary of Río Chone, but further south and on a large open-air deck, so the breeze was nice there. I ordered Pechuga al Plancha (chicken) and as I had...

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  • Restaurante Samira

    When I broke my wrist I went to the hospital in Bahía. After visiting the emergency there was still some time before the radiologist would come and as I was hungry I went to the nearest restaurant to eat lunch. I asked for almuerzo (set lunch menu), but was told it was finished for the day. I went back to the street, but didn’t know where to go so...

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  • Riverside Restaurants

    Near the ferry dock there are two restaurants, Restaurante El Muelle Uno and Parillada La Chozita. They are facing the estuary of Río Chone and are situated close to Coco Bongo where I stayed, so I tried them both, but was disappointed both times. Actually both meals are among the worse I have had. First I went to El Muelle Uno. I ordered Pescado...

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  • Restaurante Victoria

    Shortly after arriving in Bahía I went out to eat lunch. As I needed to rest after an operation I didn’t want to go far, and I remembered that Hotel Italia, situated one block away from Coco Bongo where I stayed, had a restaurant. I went there but the restaurant was empty and I could see that across the street people were sitting outside...

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  • Restaurant Row

    There are four, almost identical, barbeque restaurants next to the ferry landing. Each features charcoal broiled beef or chicken and fried fish or shrimp. Meals cost between US$ 4 and US$ 6 in January 2007.

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  • Brewed coffee in the morning!

    We ate a full American breakfast in January 2007. It was a good value at US$ 2.50 and included brewed coffee (not instant as is the norm at other places in Biaha). Desyano Americano para US$ 2.50 Ensalada de frutesPanDos Huavos, frito, revolto, o en copaTuchanoJugoCafe

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Bahía de Caráquez Transportation

  • From Bahía de Caraquez to Puerto Lopez

    After a few days of resting in Bahía it was time for me to travel on. I was a bit worried how it was going to go as I had to change buses and I had recently had an operation and could not use my left arm and hand. Louise from Hostal Coco Bongo helped me with the luggage to a taxi which was standing a block away. The taxi ride to the bus terminal...

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  • To Isla Corazon and back

    I had planned to take the ferry and bus to Isla Corazon, but when I arrived to the pier a boat just left. I waited for a while but as no other passengers arrived I decided to take a taxi instead. The first taxi driver I asked wanted to have $8 and the second one wanted to have $7. Even though I suspected that $7 was too much I accepted it. At Isla...

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  • From Quito to Bahía and on to Canoa

    There is a night bus from Quito to Canoa and it is said to take only 6 hours. Well, I don’t like to travel by night buses as I can’t sleep on buses and I also want to see the landscape. Reina del Camino has got a day bus to Bahía, which is close to Canoa, and there is also a night bus to Bahía. Unfortunately the day bus doesn’t leave until midday,...

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Bahía de Caráquez Shopping

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    El Mercado, Bahia de Caraquez

    by MalenaN Written Oct 3, 2012

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    The market in Bahía is not very large but here you can buy a big variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as seafood. You will find the market in the corner of Ante and Morales, two and a half blocks from the Malecón.

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Bahía de Caráquez Tourist Traps

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    Our hut in Rio Muchacho : one night - 60 bucks

    by Maillekeul Updated Aug 11, 2003

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    This is a place for volontary work in an ecologic farm, also providing instruction for rural kids ... You can do a lot in this farm : if you stay a long time, you will work as a farmer, and you will pay a descent price for living and eating every day.
    But, if you decide to make only a 2 or 3 days tour... It's a bout 30 USD a day and even if you have a nice time, this is not worth the price you pay

    Rio Muchacho, c'est une ferme ecologique qui dispose egalement d'une ecole pour les enfants des paysans du coin... Il y a pas mal de choses a faire si on veut retourner a la vie rurale, pour un prix modeste. Ce qui n'est pas le cas lorsqu'on ne fait qu'y passer et que l'on depense 30 USD par jour par personne...

    Unique Suggestions: Don't do the 2 or 3 days tour.
    It's maybe because we are French and then the life in a farm is for us more accessible, but we don't know why we should pay to do a "work" or "activities" that is an everyday work in french farms and whose specificities are only based on the particular environment.
    We had the very deep feeling of being unuseful and unwanted (except for the "money" part).

    Ne vous engagez pas pour une excursion de deux ou trois jours. Peut-etre n'est-ce que notre vision de francais plus habitues aux terrains agricoles (et encore), mais payez autant pour participer (si peu) a un environnement comme un touriste aiderait le barman du Club Med a faire des tequilas... On se sent pas tres utile, mais plutot "vaches a lait".

    Fun Alternatives: Volunteering for a long time, why not, if farmlife is your hobby : but touring there is too much expensive for what it really is.

    Si vous y allez, soyez volontaires pour au moins deux semaines : mais, c'est pas la peine de tenter l'aventure tres temporaire

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Bahía de Caráquez Off The Beaten Path

  • Isla Corazon

    Isla Corazon is a heart shaped little island in the Chone River estuary, situated 8km from Bahía de Caraquez. One of the largest colonies of Frigatbirds in South America lives in the mangroves of the island and surroundings. It is an amazing sight to see all these birds where the males, to attract females, inflate their red chest pouch to the size...

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  • Hospital Miguel H. Alcivar

    Hospital Miguel H. Alcivar is situated in the part of Bahía that is south of the bridge. It is a public hospital so it is free, but they don’t have very big resources. I came here when I had fallen in Canoa and broken my wrist. At the emergency I got a prescription for a pain killer, which I took to the pharmacy inside the hospital. The medicine...

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  • Bahía de Caráquez Hotels

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  • Pennisula Paradise...

    This place seems perfect for retired people, it is quiet and an affordable place to live by the ocean. The weather is so comfortable!

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  • Internet Caffe scene

    In January 2007, there were at least three Internet caffes in Biaha. Two were air conditioned and charged US$1.00 per hour. The non air conditioned place charged US$0.75 per hour. Surfing speed in all three was acceptable. The one facing the ferry dock provided free coffee.

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