Rio Muchacho Organic Farm, Canoa

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Selected by National Geographic in 2011 as one of the best places to stay in Ecuador, Rio Muchacho Organic Farm offers outdoor and cultural activities just a short drive from the beach town of Canoa. The farm caters to tourists by offering accommodations and tours of the surrounding forests, which you can discover on horseback. An eco-friendly attraction, the farm provides cooking classes, yoga retreats, and lessons in sustainable agriculture and permaculture, which strives to develop agricultural ecosystems that can function in a sustainable and self-sufficient manner. If you'd like to learn a few new skills while on vacation, join the hands-on experience meant to teach visitors about compost making, harvesting, seed saving, and more. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Canoa holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Rio Muchacho Organic Farm and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • My partner and I stayed at Rio muchacho For 3 nights in a wooden cabin - it felt like a tree house with an open wall in our bedroom, very peaceful and close to the sounds of nature. The farm is fully ...  more »
  • How to live without destroying the planet? Here you can see the living example of how to live a sustainable life, using the land effectively and taking advantage of all the waste. In addition how to turn a dry area into a natural paradise.
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  • I visited Rio Muchacho for quite a long time and it was such a wonderful experience. It is a beautiful sanctuary surrounded with so much biodiversity! The staff is so friendly and they always made me feel like I was part of the family. Nicola and Dario really care about empowering people with knowledge and are thorough and comprehensive in explaining their expertise. It was a real treat to be able to be surrounded with people that have consistently making a difference in the community for decades. The food is also incredible! It was arguably some of the best food I have ever eaten! When I was there, a Swiss guy that was visiting said it was some of the best food he had ever eaten! I would love to come back and visit the farm soon! Thank you Nicola and Dario for everything you have done for your community and for the guests that have visited you!
  • It was a wonderful stay at Finca rio Muchacho. I worked there for 5 months and due the time it became like my second family. Because of the location and also because there is no internet, the farm is the perfect place to get out of your stressful everyday life and take a look at it from a different angle. Rio Muchacho is still in the process of rebuilding because of the earthquake in 2016. That’s why there are a few spots that look like construction site on the farm, but the guest rooms are really lovely. The food is very tasty because the cooks know how to create real feasts from the home-grown fruits and vegetables. Stuff and family are very nice and they try to integrate your strengths and experiences into the daily work. I think such a break is good for everyone from time to time to reduce the stress level, therefore I can honestly recommend everyone to stay on the farm.
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