Blogs from Montañita, West, Ecuador, South America


South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita December 15th 2013

So after returning back to Montañita from my weekend in Quito tired was not the word! I had taken the last flight back to Guayaquil and stayed the night in a hotel but got up at 4am to catch the 5am bus with the intention of going to my Spanish lesson as soon as I arrived....not a chance! I got back and could barely open my eyes so skipped class and went to bed for a few hours. Once I woke up I went to get some food when I bumped into Cam in the street near the hostel so said hello and went for some lunch together to catch up on the past few weeks. I had met Cam in Canada back in October and when I said I was heading to Ecuador to learn ... read more
View from Spanish School
Loki Hostel - Mancora
Cam, Merel and Dave

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita December 2nd 2013

So I am now back in Ecuador 15 months after my last visit. It took a while to arrive from Vancouver as I had to fly via Seattle and Miami which included a 14hr wait in Miami airport but I eventually arrived and I was pleased to see a familiar face of Veronica waiting for me who was my tour guide in the Galapagos last year, she kindly agreed to pick me up from the airport even though I landed late and at 1 in the morning. I stayed the night in a hotel before catching the bus to Montañita the next day. I arrived in Montañita and everything seemed familiar even though I had only spent a long weekend there previously. The only thing that was different apart from a lot more hostels and restaurants ... read more
Montañita Spanish School
Las Cabañas
La Playa

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita June 12th 2013

Before we left, I read about a small beach town, off the coast of Ecuador called Montinita. The last words I read about it where: ‘Warning, travelers tend to get stuck here’, after visiting – I now know why. 7 days flew by, and there is nothing really to do, except enjoy the life style! The streets are filled with endless bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and food stalls. The street food is one of the highlights, there are little carts that offer juice, toasted sandwiches and the best bowl of strawberry yoghurt, granola and mix fruits of every kind! Then for dinner, you have the option to wander the streets which are lined with plastic chairs and small cocktail stands which open up offering endless amounts of the classics and some of their own, like Pina ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita June 2nd 2013

Iš ryto ilgai nelaukęs atsisveikinu su mane taip ilgai priėmusia šeimyna ir išvažuoju į Montanita. Apie šį miestelį girdėjau daug iš visų keliautojų. Tai pati populiariausia vakarėlių vieta visame Ekvadore. Bet ten kur vakarėliai, ten daug turistų, narkotikų ir t.t. ir man visa tai nelabai patinka. Būtent dėl šios priežasties visą savaitgalį praleidau Salinas vietoj Montanitos. Šiandien pirmadienis, tad turėtų būti ramiau. Po poros valandų kelionės pasiekiu miestelį. Iš pirmo žvilgsnio atrodo tikrai nebloga vieta pasilinksminti, be to kaip ir tikėjausi žmonių gerokai mažiau. Nesunkiai randu hostelį už 5 dolerius nakčiai, tad čia ir apsistoju. Montanita taip pat labai gerai inoma vieta tarp banglentininkų, tad paplūdimyje netrūksta banglenčių mokyklų, bei aišku pačių banglentininkų. Miestelyje pilna jaukių barų, bambukinių viešbuči... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita April 8th 2013

From Mancora in Peru James and I caught an overnight bus to Cuenca in Ecuador. At first I was a bit apprehensive as a lot of the posts I had read online had talked about the border check points being quite far apart from each other and buses that were meant to be going straight through just kicking you off and leaving you to your own devices. It turned out however that due to certain degrees of corruption and passport theft the two countries have recently come together and at three in the morning we passed through a unified border where we were stamped out of one country and immediately into the next. The only delay in the process was with some of the highly intelligent individuals on my bus having the inability to fill out ... read more


South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita October 9th 2012

Well what to say about Montanita? Would have been a much more pleasant stay if the weather had been a little bit nicer! Had some fantastic weather the first couple of days, was able to lay out in the sun, get my tan on :) but of course, me being me, got sun burnt the first day. I obviously suck at putting sun cream on.. Random patches of sunburn on my stomach and my knees. Made laying on my tummy to sleep quite painful! Spent the first 2 nights at a hostel in town, but too noisy so found a hostel down at surf point, about a km walk along the beach into town. So nice and peaceful, hardly anyone hangs out this end of the beach during the day, and you can fall asleep listening ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita October 6th 2012

Just a quickie to upload some photos of the beach in montanita today.. Can you spot the one that shouldn't be on the beach? ;)... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita October 4th 2012

So have finally made it! Arrived in Guayaquil after a massive 36 hrs, trip made very much longer by being stuck in the middle seat! First time though, that I have stayed awake the whole time and pretty much watched tv non stop.. 5 year engagement, the lucky one, what to expect when your expecting, friends with kids and get the gringo.. rom com anyone? Had the unexpected 8 hr stop over in Santiago (well unexpected to me anyway) which is not the most exciting airport in the wrold. Though it is pretty, surrounded by the snow capped andes. Tried to do the traveller doze across the airport seats, think I may have dozed a liuttle, but not enough for my poor body that was thinking it was night time.. Then the 5 hr flight to ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita September 24th 2012

We have covered a variety of landscapes and cultures in this backpacking adventure. International travelers, indigenous mountain folks, kichwa Indians and now hippies. Montañita, is the party mecca of Ecuador popular by surfers for the breaks, young backpackers traveling through and hippies alike. The streets are lined with hippies touting henna tattoos, piercings and dreadlocks, selling artwork to earn a living. Folks beating drums and dancing around the streets, nightclubs, restaurants and ceviche stands, are all the norm here. Quite a different scene than the coastal town we just departed of Puerto Lopez. We were hesitant about visiting as we were told the streets and clubs are intense with sound from the raging partiers into the early hours of the morning. Sleep in this town would be hard to come by. If rest and relaxation is ... read more
No - I think I'll Pass
A Mini Sunset
Ready to Party?

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita September 8th 2012

Hola mis amigos, nachdem das Busunternehmen die Fahrgaeste Richtung Guayaquil weder Einreiseformulare (wie es bei Grenzueberquerungen per Bus, Schiff oder Flugzeug ueblich ist), noch uns darueber informiert hat dass wir die Grenze ueberqueren, stand ich nun ohne Einreisestempel da. Die Grenzueberquerung von Peru nach Ecuador duerften die Fahrgaeste gegen 1 Uhr (Samstag) frueh wohl "verschlafen" haben. Spaeter ging ich vor zum Busschauffer, und fragte ihn wann wir endlich am Grenzposten ankommen. Er antwortete nur kurz, dass wir schon vorbei seien! "Aha!" Im Busterminal Guayaquil beschwerte ich mich ueber diese Causa. Gut, dem Busunternehmen war dies scheinbar egal, dem Bussfahrer sowieso. Ich war nun illegal im Land. Da ich 1) ein Busticket nach Montañita besas, und 2) Miriam dort treffen werde, entschied ich mich vorerst fuer die Weiterreise. Ich nahm den Anschlussbus nach Montañit... read more

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