Slow down and Grow
Punta la barca
A modern tribe A place to create & share To live authentic & reconnect with the world.
Digital nomads, long term travelers, kite/surfers, campers, backpackers, worldschoolers, changemakers & wayfinders.
Welcome to Punta la Barca.
A Place to create and share in an authentic hidden Beach in Ecuador.
Traditional Months are the time-honored combination of both solo travelers and traveling families at Punta la Barca.
All slow travelers, digital nomads and traveling families welcome
Solo Months are periods where Punta la Barca is focused towards travelers without kids .
Reservations for nomadic families are limited to maximum 1.
Catch the early bird discount before 1th of july 2023!
Family Months are periods where Punta la Barca is focused towards traveling families .
Reservations without kids are limited to maximum 1.
Catch the early bird discount before 1th of november 2023!
The community concept of Punta la Barca is very different from usual hotel-like arrangements, and we want to be sure to set the right expectations 🤙.
About every two months you can join an introductory call. In this 40 minute videochat, we explain Punta la Barca’s setup, give a tour around, answer your questions, and leave the call open for spontaneous talk between travelers afterwards.
Every first Saturday each two months!!
Who we are?
We are a Belgian-Ecuadorean family, living, working and raising our kids semi-nomadic between both cultures. Inge works remotely, Juan is kite surfer and handyman, and our kids Logan (8), Yago (6) and Alex (0) go to school in Belgium and home/unschool in Ecuador . With our hearts wired for community, nature, sports, and the simple magic of life, we are on an eternal quest to combine the beauty of both cultures 🥰
Punta la Barca got born in 2015 as a place where long-term travelers can find community, immerse in the local, and hear themselves again. In the years after, we could install fiber optics internet, and digital nomads joined in 💻.
Finally with our community knowledge growing and the realization that kids are a vital part of it, we started to pave the way towards nomadic families as well 🤸♂️.
We are also locals from Santa Marianita. Micho is Juan’s cousin, and coordinates the practical stuff at Punta la Barca. He knows everything about the village, has the biggest heart, and is a great practice for talking in Spanish as his English is in the early stages of development 🙃.
Ana, Juan’s mom, is also a mom for the traveler who opens his heart while eating her breakfast ❤. Juana is the head of our extended local family of fishermen, and helps us all to keep the place clean. Nexar, also a nephew, brings in young energy and help where needed. Together with their kids and other family members passing by, they make Punta la Barca an authentic part of the village instead of a tourist bubble. All gains of Punta la Barca also go towards supporting our local community 💪.
Finally, we are long term travelers. Punta la Barca wouldn’t have grown into what it is now without all the contributions of those having lived with us. From a simple act of kindness, a heart-opening conversation, the configuration of the internet, the building of a solar oven, the permaculture design of the terrain, to breathing regeneration and replacing Inge and Juan when we are in Belgium.. Together we go far 🤙
Spending time at Punta La Barca means immersing in the authentic life of a small fishing village, kitesurfing amongst humpback whales, coworking in a small community of like-minded nomads, living free-spirited within nature, and together finding steps towards regenerating our planet 🌎
You will have deserted beaches at your doorstep, good Wi-Fi, outdoor sports, fishermen hospitality, friendships within our community of travelers, bonfires to absorb upcoming thoughts, and communal areas to work and relax with breath-taking views. Welcome to an authentic slice of Ecuadorian paradise.
We hope to see you soon ❤️
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Values of Punta la Barca
Connect with different backgrounds, perspectives and lifestyles. Immerse in the local.
Focus on your flow/project/work
We need time and space to focus. To get stuff done, to dig deep, to try out something different. We value a supporting atmosphere to discover and follow what one wants to put into the world. Where it feels good to be lost, and to venture out towards that which makes one’s heart beat faster.
Enjoy the raw outdoors
Nature is magic, and it is there to enjoy. We get up with a view over the ocean, are passionate about outdoor sports, feel honored to kite with humpback whales, drop everything each beautiful sunset, and sleep with the sounds of the waves.
Slow down, live life today
Grow towards a sustainable, equal and free world
Otro mundo es posible. If you have practical tips for going zero-waste, we’ll try to implement it. If you want to understand more about inequality, we can tell you some stories. If you started a durability project, we’ll help you spread the word. If you’re interested in learning about freedom, we have some great recommendations. We seek to be conscious about the direction we guide our planet. All gains of Punta la Barca go to the local community.