Mon 6th - finally Canoa: now find accommodation and become bartender again, yay!!!

Canoa Travel Blog

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Shawn, pls take the right, haha
It didn't take us long to find our way to Canoa and this time we found 2 signs in our way, a new record, yay!!! We arrived to Canoa town almost at 6pm. I did my research about Canoa when I was in Lima and got the name of a hostel that looked good. Also a friend of Lisa recommended her to stay there. So, no hesitations and drive straight to the double recommended place. The name was: "Coco Loco" (Crazy Coconut) What could we expect of a place with such a funny name? Well, tons of fun and great people!

We arrived to the hostel and saw a guy with his bike and a young guy who seemed to be a guest. And so he was. He was an Argentinean guy who went to Canoa for 2 days and ended up staying 2 weeks so far.
Canoa... an adventure place
Don't know if  he's still there, hahaha. He was working at the hostel. He was a pastry chef back home, so now he was in charge of the kitchen of the hostel. I told him we were looking for accommodation and he called the guy from the bike, who turned to be the owner: Mau! Actually his full name is Mauricio. He's Mexican, but is leaving in Canoa for some years. Nevermind, he told us there was availability. So we checked in, left our stuff in our rooms, but left the big and heavy bags in the car, which was parked at the entrance of the hostel which was in front of the beach, just separated but a narrow road.

It wasn't dark yet, so we decided to go for a walk along the beach and watch the sunset while we were walking. Before leaving Lisa asked for 4 drinks to take, so we'd enjoy a cocktail after a long drive ;) Nobody wanted to swim now, it was a bit windy and sort of cool.
Shawn was stretching his legs after drove us so long. Can't thank you enough!!!
Nevertheless I wanted to get a pic of my feet getting wet by the waves and convinced Shawn to join me. Suddenly a wave came and splash! That wasn't so bad. And most important, camera was safe! ufff!

It started to get dark and we decided to stay there to enjoy a beautiful sunset. We left the beach when it was dark. In our way back to the hostel we were wondering what we'd do later. Before dinner, mmm. Having a drink? Sure! But what about making something different? Lisa and William were in Peru briefly but remembered the Pisco Sours and tonight I'd become a bartender again and prepare them. Salud! So, before going back to the hostel, we went shopping what we'd need for the drinks.

Back at the hostel, I took a quick shower and get ready to start my bartender duty.
so serious. Pisco Sours are a serious thing, hehe
Shawn will be again in charge of the important job of: squeezing the limes, hehehe. But this time he'd have an assistant: William. Well, we started with the classic pisco sour, just with lime juice. It was very good and I made some extra, so Mau and his wife could taste them too, yummy! Are we done? No way! Now, try with the Passion Fruit one, hahaha.

A few drinks later, we were hungry and ready to go and look for a place to eat. We didn't walk much since decided to stay in the restaurant next door, haha. They serve fish and seafood, yay! something local! Ok, now what can we order? I wasn't sure how food adventurous they were, but it turned to be that William loved to try local food too! Yay, one of us! He used to be a chef and likes to try the different cuisines, how great! So, we ordered first 1 cebiche to share.
it was already dark
I think they didn't have it yet, impossible!

Next Lisa got grilled fish, mmm nothing really interesting, while the 3 of us got shrimps but cooked differently. Shawn got it with a pink sauce, think it was golf which is a mix of ketchup and mayonnaise, at same time William was having a hard time trying to decide for 2 dishes. Well, I was thinking about one of them. So I'd tell him, I'd get one of them and he could get the other, so we could try the different dishes. His answer was: "Hi 5, sister!" So I got the garlic shrimp and he got the encocado, which we had already try twice and I told him we both loved that dish, so now he wanted to try it too, hehe.

Meal was delicious and the 3 of us where trying the different shrimps, yummy!!! By the end of the meal, they were already used to the crazy photographer, hahaha.
there are small bars along the beach
I told William I was taking pics of the food, because I'd write reviews about it. What?!?!? Are you a food critic?!?!? Well, sort of, hehehe. Shawn was helping saying: "She writes about everything!" hahaha.

With our full stomachs, we decided to go to "downtown" in order to look for a place to have a drink. We were also talking about going on a fishing trip, so I might get a motion sickness pill, just in case. It was Monday night and places were empty. Not much was happening in Canoa. When I asked Mau about it, he told me Canoa is full during the weekends, weekdays are usually lazy ones. Well, it worked for us! We'd own the town, hehehe. We found a club that looked nice and went inside for a couple of drinks.

Lisa and William wanted something simple like vodka with orange juice, but the drinks weren't strong enough, so they went to a liquor shop next door and got a bottle of vodka! Shawn and me got cocktails and they were yummy.
it wasn't happy hour, but was happy hour for us! Me, Shawn, William & Lisa
Mine was pink! And the decoration was so nice, with light blue sugar around the glass and a mall cup made of banana with something glowing green inside. I assume it was mint, since it tasted like "Listerine" hahaha. Lisa saw my drink and wanted to get one exactly the same, just because of the look ;)

We were having fun there, just chatting and relaxing, when we all started to move. Would we dance? no way! There were tons of mosquitoes eating us alive!!! The bartender noticed we were having troubles and gave us some limes cut in halves. We should rub them on our legs, so the mosquitoes would stop bitting us. Well, that worked, yay!!! It was almost midnight when we left the bar and went back to the hostel.

It has been a long day and I was tired. Mau brought a mosquito net, but didn't seem to fit very well. Anyway, repellent might work and it shouldn't be so bad... I was so naive...


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Shawn, pls take the right, haha
Shawn, pls take the right, haha
Canoa... an adventure place
Canoa... an adventure place
Shawn was stretching his legs afte…
Shawn was stretching his legs aft…
so serious. Pisco Sours are a seri…
so serious. Pisco Sours are a ser…
it was already dark
it was already dark
there are small bars along the bea…
there are small bars along the be…
it wasnt happy hour, but was happ…
it wasn't happy hour, but was hap…
Ok, a Canoa sign!
Ok, a Canoa sign!
paragliding!
paragliding!
it was windy...
it was windy...
we arrived to the hostel
we arrived to the hostel
yes, they were open!
yes, they were open!
gymnastic cat
gymnastic cat
beach in Canoa
beach in Canoa
our feet before getting wet, hahaha
our feet before getting wet, hahaha
sunset will come soon
sunset will come soon
Lisa & William
Lisa & William
me and Shawn
me and Shawn
sunset 6:47
sunset 6:47
sunset 6:51
sunset 6:51
sunset 6:52
sunset 6:52
the guys
the guys
alcoholic corner at the hostel
alcoholic corner at the hostel
Viva Mexico!
Viva Mexico!
why should I always be the one who…
why should I always be the one wh…
very important, drinks recipes
very important, drinks recipes
1,2,3... Pisco Sours were getting …
1,2,3... Pisco Sours were getting…
measuring the syrup. Shhh, dont d…
measuring the syrup. Shhh, don't …
I found many dogs in Canoa
I found many dogs in Canoa
The Cebiche mixto we shared
The Cebiche mixto we shared
Shawns shrimp
Shawn's shrimp
Shrimps with garlic - camarones al…
Shrimps with garlic - camarones a…
Williams dish.
William's dish.
my pink drink, yay!
my pink drink, yay!
bar wasnt crowded, yay more for u…
bar wasn't crowded, yay more for …
interesting switch. At least I did…
interesting switch. At least I di…
my bed
my bed
Canoa Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Tasty "Taste me" Cebicheria - Cevicherica Saboreame
While we were in Canoa, we went to this restaurant for dinner. We went there because it was located close to the hostel, but it was a great choice! … read entire review
Canoa Nightlife & Entertainment review
Nice club in Canoa - Coco Bar
It was Monday when we arrived to Canoa and wanted to go for a couple of drinks. Canoa is more alive during the weekends, so finding a place to party o… read entire review
Canoa
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