In Ecuador, it is difficult to have such a thing a a bad day for a horse ride. This is what makes living here so great. Even when it is raining, it won't be for long, and it only rains for perhaps four of months every year. When the weather is scorching hot, like today, it just means an early rise or a trail ride later in the day. This is always a great option as you can watch the sunset from horseback and the birds will be more active at dusk.
We had a lovely cabalgata (the Spanish word for horse ride) today.Through the jungle and into the hills of Canoa. Waving at the villagers and watching the life in the countryside. Meeting men riding past on donkeys, seeing parrots in the trees and then a wonderful treat today, a gorgeous toucan in the palm trees. We were lucky enough to get a good look at him, but no photo worth keeping! None of our two horse rides are ever the same, who knows what we will be able to see next year, on the further adventures of Cabalgatas Canoa? A great way to bring to a close 2016, the toucans are a rare but welcome sighting!
En Ecuador, es difícil tener un día tan malo para un paseo a caballo. Esto es lo que hace que vivir aquí sea tan bueno. Incluso cuando llueve, no será por mucho tiempo, y solo llueve por tal vez cuatro meses al año. Cuando el clima es abrasador, como hoy, solo significa un ascenso temprano o un paseo por el camino más adelante en el día. Esta es siempre una gran opción, ya que puedes ver la puesta de sol desde el caballo y los pájaros estarán más activos al atardecer.
Hoy tuvimos una encantadora cabalgata. Atravesando la selva y llegando a las colinas de Canoa. Saludando a los aldeanos y observando la vida en el campo. Conocer a los hombres que cabalgan en burros, ver loros en los árboles y luego un regalo maravilloso hoy, un magnífico tucán en las palmeras. Tuvimos la suerte de echarle un buen vistazo, ¡pero ninguna foto que valga la pena! Ninguno de nuestros dos paseos a caballo son iguales, ¿quién sabe lo que podremos ver el próximo año, en las futuras aventuras de Cabalgatas Canoa? Una excelente manera de cerrar 2016, los tucanes son raros pero bienvenidos.
It's already that time of year again. Time to relax, see friends and family, eat far too much and drink even more! However Christmas in Ecuador is very different to a traditional British Christmas. Not just the turkey will be roasting, we will too, it's the hottest time of the year, well into the 30's. Then there is the huge bonus of being right by beautiful Canoa beach.
My favourite thing about the festivities here is that Canoa is such a quiet little place, it is like Christmas is not really happening. In Ecuador Christmas is not such a big deal. All the shops are open on Christmas day and the whole event is about spending time with family and giving each other small but meaningful gifts. The day afterwards everything is back to normal.
The best way to celebrate is by spening some time with the horses on the most stunning beach in the world. There is nothing quite as enjoyable as going for an early morning ride along the beach whilst it is still quiet and watching the waves crash. No beach Christmas day is complete without a bbq, enjoying a few drinks at sunset, then getting back to give the horses their special Christmas dinner of mangos, bananas and carrots.
Are you guys all ready for Christmas? Are you planning a tropical day or snuggled up hiding from Winter? From the Cabalgatas Canoa team we wish you a Merry Christmas from us and the horses. Enjoy the festivities!
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The team at Cabalgatas Canoa consist of a couple of Brits, their beautiful horses and lots and lots of other animals!