Aguaje (Very High Tide) in Crucita, Ecuador

I think it was Dec. 24 that we had the aguaje, very high tide, or called Spring tide, that hit Crucita. At first we did not realize the damage it had caused. Near our fence, we had waves coming over the fence, but it only washed out the sand in front and uncovered the rocks buried under the rocks we could previously see. We saw gaps in the rocks making holes you could stand in. There must have only been sand in there or small rocks that were washed away. Later we found out that some houses down the beach had been wrecked. We took a walk down and couldn’t believe the damage to cement houses on the hill. Many of the bamboo structures were washed away that the fishermen used to process their fish.  Our friends, Jill and Sy had their hill washed away and a shed they had near their fence was hanging partially in mid-air. The next day, Sy had a bulldozer piling sand up there again and it pushed some of the bigger rocks up closer to the hill.

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It is amazing what mother nature can do when it wants to reclaim its land. This is one of the reasons I want to rent on the beach and not own. Also, the wear and tear the salt air does to a house is amazing and maintenance is costly and constant. Just a word of caution to those who may want to buy on the coast. Below are pictures and video of the damages.

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