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South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita January 6th 2020

Heute waren wir den ganzen Tag in Montanita. Wir liefen ein bisschen durch die Stadt, schauten Läden an, nachmittags gingen wir dann Surfen. Mathis war noch nie gesurft, ich 4 mal, also spielte ich Lehrer und brachte es ihm ein bisschen bei. Abends arbeitete ich schließlich, ich hatte großen Nachholbedarf, da ich in den gesamten Weihnachtsferien kaum zum Arbeiten gekommen war und jetzt tendenziell weiter zurücklag als vor den Weihnachtsferien.... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita January 5th 2020

Heute verabschiedete wir uns morgens beim Frühstück gleich von meinen Eltern, die schon nach Quito zurückfahren mussten. Später am Vormittag wollten wir ein Surfbrett ausleihen, doch der Laden zu dem wir gehen wollte hatte zu. Deshalb entschieden wir uns, gleich schon nach Montanita zu fahren (was sonst für den Nachmittag geplant war). Dafür reichte eine Viertelstunde im Taxi. In Montanita merkten wir, dass wir vergessen hatten, bei der Hotelreservierung auf den letzten Knopf zu drücken und entsprechend keine Reservierung hatten, doch glücklicherweise waren noch zwei Betten im Schlafsaal frei. Wir liefen später noch ein bisschen durch die Stadt und waren von ihr enttäuscht: Da auch noch Sonntag war, war die Stadt komplett voll mit Touristen, der Strand war einer der vollsten, die ich bisher gesehen hatte. Dafür sahen wir bei einem Fluss ein paar Leguane, die ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita May 24th 2018

Montañita (17/05/2018-20/05/2018): Surfing Waves I heard Montañita was wild, so I thought I better visit. This little hippy beach town is one of the top surfing spots in Ecuador, and is well known as one of South America’s prime party destinations. On my way on the bus, I made friends with a crazy, half British half Portuguese girl named Jordana Dangerfield. Yes, that is her real name. She was tall, fun, fiesty, and had a bronze goddess tan I would have died for. Upon arrival to this little town, we thought "oh god, what have we done?!". Montañita was tourist restaurant after tourist restaurant, souvenir shop after souvenir shop. Dread-locked hippies selling their hand-made jewelry and tacky market stalls lined the streets. Little did we know, once night time hit, this quiet beach town really came ... read more
Montañita Fun
The Lost Beach Club
Cervesa!

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita December 3rd 2014

Montanita - Day 10 Another low-key but very relaxing day. Checked booking.com and made reservations ahead for a hostel in Cuenca, our second stop after Montanita. Walked the beach again this morning. A big group of young school kids ran down to the beach, all in gray sweats and white t-shirts, then ran along the ocean. We got some strange looks, as blond hair here is very unusual. (Might be other reasons we looked strange too!) We walked by a juggler on the beach, juggling five items in the air. Also saw a large dead eel. As we returned from our walk, a bike with an umbrella and a big cart of fruit came down our hostel road. We got some good fruit for breakfast tomorrow. After some quality time in the hammock, we walked into ... read more
Feathered friend
Far end of beach
Beach juggler

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita December 2nd 2014

Montanita - Day 9 After a breakfast of fresh fruits and pastries, we moved to Comuno Montanita Hosteleria further up the beach. It's a little further to walk to town, but the beach here is very quiet and private. Rather than a room, we have a little cabin with a thatched roof. The roof rafters and the porch posts are all bamboo. There is a hammock on the front porch so Bob is happy! We can look out the front door and see the ocean. It has Internet, hot water, and is very clean. And best of all, there is a very friendly black dog here. Today was a very relaxing day. We walked the beach, spent some time in town. Had a late lunch again at el Sazon Guayaco. Today they included a big bowl ... read more
Bob found another hammock
New friend
Noisy birds in town

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita December 1st 2014

Montanita - Day 8 Breakfast in the room this morning. We had our coil to heat up coffee water in our cups. Coffee, fruit, and pastries made a great breakfast. Walked the beach to check out how to transport our luggage to the next hostal. The sand near the water was hard and easy to walk along, so we will probably move via the beach rather than by the main road. The beach was quiet and beautiful this morning. There were several dogs on the beach, a couple of them frolicking in the water. A few boys were practicing their long jumps. Next was our ATM adventure. We tried a couple banks, and we couldn't get any money out. Then found out that maximum withdrawal is $100, but you can do this up to three times ... read more
Lunch at el Sazon Guayaco
Along the Malecon
View from hotel roof

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita November 30th 2014

Montanita - Day 7 This morning we bought our bus tickets to Montanita. Had to show a passport this time. Again a reasonable price, $5 each for a 3 hour ride. Only 5 others were on the bus at the Manta depot. About a half hour out of Manta, we passed through Montecristo. This is where the Panama hats were initially made. These hats and wooden carvings were for sale in stores all along the road. Shortly after a lady came on the bus with a big tray of baked goods. We bought a couple from her since we had missed breakfast. A while later we passed by a thirty foot corn cob statue. Not really sure of the significance! Further along we pulled into the Jipijapa bus station. Love that name (hippihappa)! This time we ... read more
Hostal Esperanto
Early Christmas in the park

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita September 26th 2014

Unter lauter Einheimischen und einem agressiven fahrenden Buschauffeur erreichte ich Salinas nach gut 3 Stunden mit Umstieg in Bellanita. Doch zu meiner Entäuschung hatte das von mir reservierte Hostel keinen Platz mehr frei. Ich mochte jedoch auch nicht auf ein anderes ausweichen oder in ein Hotel wechseln. Also habe ich mich kurzerhand entschieden den anfänglichen Ärger runterzuschlucken und wieder zurück nach Bellanita zu fahren um von dort den Bus richtung Montañita zu nehmen. Gesagt getan. So stand ich gegen 15:00 am Strand von Montañita. Dies ist ein richtiges Backpacker Paradies, dutzende Hostels meistens so in der Natur eingebettet wie meines das Kon Tiki oder zwischen den kleinen Gässchen irgendwo versteckt. Das Dorf besteht eigentlich nur aus Restaurants, Bars, kleinen Läden die von Locals betrieben werden, Discos und eben den Hostels. Teils verweilen die Leute hier meh ... read more
ebefalls im Dörfle
Ganz versteckt das Kon Tiki

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita August 1st 2014

Our Arrival The bus from Puerto Lopez dropped us off at the side of the highway in the town centre which was just over the brdige at 12:20pm. It is easy to walk to the hostels from there. Where We Stayed Hostal Alta Montanita - $12 for a double room with shared bathroom. Warm showers and internet worked well. Rooms were a bit threadbare and chilly at night as weren't sealed and only a sheet was provided. There was a much needed mosquito net. What was weird was that they didn't provide toilet paper in the shared bathrooms. When we first arrived there was some there but it soon ran out. We asked for some more and they told us that we would have to buy it! It is located just over the bridge (back towards ... read more

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
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