Building a Finca

New neighbors moved in across the street from us a few months ago. Ivan, his son Ivan and his nephew Max have been working every day from before sunup to after sundown on their finca in San Clemente. This week Ivan took me to see their property.

The above tree is a Palo Santo, I could smell the beautiful aroma before Ivan told me what it was. This wood is dried for a year and sold in little sticks. These sticks are then set on fire and allowed to smoke. The smoke is pleasant smelling and mosquitoes do not like it one little bit. Max this could be a side business for the finca, selling Palo Santo to the locals.

The finca is 25 hectares located on the road leading to Bahia. The property is made up of beautiful sloping hills, gentle elevating drives leveling to pristine plateaus overlooking the beauty of the Pacific Ocean from the hills of Manta to the South up to the bluffs at the end of San Clemente to the North. One section sits between two huge Ceibo trees that has a 360 degree view of the entire area. Just breathtaking! One thing that absolute struck me was the wonderful breeze that kept us cool on our walk up to the top of one section of the property.

The ceibo trees are just amazing, they are huge, have so many crevasses that would make great hiding places were it not for the thorns like a rose-bush on its bark.

Now onto the Finca part, they are going to plant tamarind trees. Hundreds and hundreds of tamarind trees. So Max has the beginning of a green house all set up with table after table, bag after bag of seedlings.

Ivan also said that they will be planting all kinds of fruit trees. Just what I love, fresh fruit right from the tree. Life can’t get much better than that!

13 thoughts on “Building a Finca

    • kristc99, I have never been that close to one of these trees, it was amazing. The thorns are just unbelievable as well. Thanks for your comment. N

    • I was told that this tree was the model for the trees in Lord of the Rings the Ents, not sure if it is true but they do look like the Ents…thanks for your comment. Nancy

  1. Wow nice, 25 hectares…that is a lot of land, like 61 acres I believe , do you have any idea what land is going for? Just curious. Hope all is well, have a
    Wonderful Birthday!

    • Hi Ana, It is a beautiful piece of land, the view to the ocean is unbelievable. I really don’t know what land is going for but here in Clemente there is not a great deal of land availalbe, nothing much near the water for sure…I will see if Ivan will share what he paid…thanks for the birthday wish, I spent all day yesterday pulling weeds my hands look awful today and actually hurt, I think the weeds are winning..ha ha Nancy

  2. Hi Nancy!
    We met you briefly outside your beautiful home on your birthday! 🙂 We were with your neighbour, Ivan, and we also went out to see his Finca. What an endevour he is working on! What beautiful land! We were so impressed. Such a lovely, friendly guy too!
    We had to leave the next day so we couldn’t catch up with you again but we plan to return to San Clemente in January and hope to catch up then! Hope to be neighbours too one day! Just LOVE San Clemente and it’s friendly and colourful inhabitants!
    Sandie and Neil

    • Hi Sandie and Neil, Well if you had a tour with Ivan you were given a great introduction to Clemente. We are very happy here, love the neighborhood we are living in, love the people, well what can I say we are taken by this beautiful town. Please let me know of your plans to return in January, will this trip be just exploratory trip or are you making the move?

    • Thanks Z, it is going to be an spectacular farm one day. They have such great plans and are doing it right from the beginning. Great folks as well. N

  3. Hi Nancy, hope that you and Joe are doing well. As you could notice we have not been around town. Ivan on vacation and me taking care of things here in Cuenca has kept us away, but soon we will be back. I have a favor to ask of you. I need for you to keep a track of the last rain fall in the zone. As I need this information for my trees. I do hope that you could help me out. Hope to see you soon.

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