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Altitude: 20 meters (65 feet)
Population: 28,047
Phone Code: 06

Seen from the mainland across the opaque Río Muisne, the town of Muisne sits cheerfully but quietly on the other side. With it's array of brightly colored, fluorescent buildings lining the pier, one might think that their about to set foot into a town with cartoons, let alone people. But this is all just a mere facade, really.

Beyond the dock and behind the colored riverside with its painted structures and new playground, Muisne sheds it cheerfulness to reveal a rather lackluster town. Pallid and windowless buildings line the street, where chickens and children roam freely. A single road, Isidro Ayora, stretches away from the docks, past the aging shop fronts, and ends abruptly at the stunning palm-studded stretch of beach on the opposite end of town. It is here, on this strip of clean, quiet beach, that one begins to understand why travelers make the detour and cross-river trek to such a tired little town.

Anyone coming from Atacames is sure to appreciate the peace, and even surf and sand snobs will have something positive to say about the beach (though if you're into surfing, Mompiche is a better bet). With a stretched out seaside presenting clear views of beach inhabited only by resident palm trees, you're bound to breathe easy and let worries wash away like shells with the tide. Although the town and beachfront can feel a bit deserted at times, Muisne radiates a relaxed "enjoy-today-and-worry-tomorrow" island attitude that can charm even tight-fisted travelers into having just one more beer.


Other places nearby Muisne: Same, Súa, Tonchigüe, Atacames, Chamanga, Esmeraldas (City) and Mompiche.

12 Jun 2013

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