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Since the 100 hectare site was purchased 25 years ago by Judith Barrett, a wide variety of commercial ventures have been seeded here as part of the ongoing effort to protect and sustain this piece of coastal paradise. Some of the ventures have taken root and others, as in nature, have not suited this environment and have faded away.


At the heart of the growing community is a restaurant and hotel. In recent months, one of our community has started up a laundry service available to the hotel, it's guests and lot owners. Soon we are to see the opening of a small store (tienda) offering essentials to the community and its visitors.


The community here is looking to welcome enterprising individuals to join us, whether as Lot Owners or otherwise.


Specifically, we believe that this location would be especially suited to the following business ventures ...


- a horse riding school

- rental of mountain bikes

- boat and kayak hire

- a language school

- massage therapist

- yoga or tai chi instructor


Please contact Judith (at judithbarett@hotmail.com) to explore possibilities.


Ecological Refuge & Lodge



Playa Escondida              Ecological Refuge


Km 10 - via Tonchigue - Punta Galera

Esmeraldas, Ecuador

Email : judithbarett@hotmail.com

Tel : +593-9-9650-6812