El Matal Ecuador – This past Friday, I walked almost the entire stretch of El Matal’s beach, from the southern end closest to the landmark of Punta Ballena to El Matal “Proper” and Coco Beach Village, past the site of the new Punta Ballena Development, through the river mouth (low tide) and stopped for a very late lunch at the community of La Division. I’ve surely earned the title of “Beach Inspector” for this past week!
Although I missed seeing the devastating high tides, the beach wears its scars from its battle with Mother Ocean. The powerful waves stripped the sand beneath the thatched-roof bamboo structures that once sheltered the boats. In the next assault, will she devour the road and advance to the houses and restaurants?
Overwhelmed with hundreds of photos, I’ll start with the southern end of the beach. Walk with me and enjoy the beauty while pondering the dilemma of the vanishing coastline. Continue reading