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South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita February 15th 2012

Geo: -0.866667, -80.2667We love Montanita! The surf's the draw, but it's the surfers and all the girls who make it fun. At about 4 or 5 in the afternoon it starts to wake up and stays awake til well after dawn. That's why we're staying a block out of town at the lovely Hotel Swiss Point--it's just far enough that we don't hear the partying.And the great restaurants! There's Hola Ola with a zipping fast internet connection, Papallon where we go most often, Tiki Limbo right next door and our newest discovery the Kapatapia, a Mediterranean Grill where I could finally get my vegetable fix. And all the street food anyone could want. On Sunday we had a string of 12 buses lined up on the highway. What the?? The poor barrios of Guayaquil had been ... read more
On the beach
Sand Slinging
Quick! Quick!

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita February 14th 2012

Geo: -0.866667, -80.2667In commemoration of your birthday, Jeff, we've been luxuriating in the hot sun for a week now, laying by the pool, strolling the beach watching the bikinis flirting with the surfboards, eating our guts crazy and getting in a little more luxuriating.Take this morning's breakfast for instance. Crepes Suzette filled with apples and topped with a dab of vanilla ice cream, fresh pear juice, fresh rolls w/butter, dulce de leche (caramel) and jam, and for the second course--shrimp cocktail. We don't have to eat again until dinner. The owners here are a Swiss/Ecuadorian couple who run it like a Swiss clock--a gregarious Swiss clock. It's a most delightful place and we recommend it highly. So Happy Birthday Jeffrey! We're enjoying the sun and surf FOR you--maybe we'll even bring you home a bottle.... read more
Surfing hot spot
Beach bunnies
Montanita sunset

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita January 7th 2012

Wow, what a surprise Ecuador was. I just learned to go into every country with low expectations. Ecuador was a place I haven’t heard to many backpackers talking about, and after Colombia kinda disappointed me, I wasn’t expecting much. The only thing I heard about Ecuador was the weather can change within minutes (being only a few miles from the equator though the weather is constant all year round) and the high amount of crime, often involving the police scamming the tourists. Nicci and I landed in the capital Quito late on the 30th and checked into a hostel called the Colonial House. The first night we just crashed cause we had to catch three flights that day, Santa Marta to Bogota, Bogota to Medellin, Medellin to Quito. On New Years Day I just walked around ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita December 29th 2011

Theft in the Night Apologies for starting this entry on a serious note, but for those reading this who may travel Ecuador, I figure it's important to include. During our journey from Baños to Montañita two Argentinean's (not travelling together) had their day-packs stolen; here is how I believe it happened and the simple way to prevent it. There were two times during the hot and horrible journey when the bags were most likely taken. The first point was on arrival in Guayaquil where every single local left the bus, leaving only backpackers on board to carry on towards the coast. It was around 5am and so myself and the rest of the backpackers were in various states of sleep making it easy for an opportunist to grab a bag left on the floor wit little ... read more
Beach Food
Our Luxurious Balcony

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita December 16th 2011

Back in the mountain town of Cuenca, we missed the sweet life of being beach bums and decided to head back to the coast and see what the Ecuadorian beaches have to offer. We picked out the small village of Montañita along the "Ruta del Sol", the route of the sun. Sounds pretty promising, doesn't it? We could not do the whole distance between Cuenca and Montañita in one day, so we stayed in Ecuador's biggest city, Guayaquil, for a night. Even though the city sounded really nice from the travel guide, we did not see anything of it besides what we saw from the taxi to the hostel and on the short walk to a restaurant. Next time. The next morning, we were on our way to the coast and Montañita turned out to be ... read more
Busy streets
Hippies everywhere
Beach at sunset

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita September 28th 2011

Montañita is a ´hippie' surf town in the south of Ecuador. Despite being low season, the bars and clubs were so loud that even with ear plugs in an early night was near impossible. Saying that, on our first night we were feeling pretty rough (had eaten too many veggies the night before!!) and so slept all afternoon, then went for dinner (where steph was the only one who could manage more than a few mouthfuls) and we were in bed by 9.30pm. Definitely not the typical first night there for most travelers. The next morning we were devastated...We had been so excited about getting to the beach, we hadn´t even contemplated the possibility that it could be cold. Alas, we paid our $5 to sit on the most uncomfortable beach loungers in the world and ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita June 4th 2011

Hola Amigos! It's been some time but I'm well :-) But as I had spanish classes in the morning and in the afternoon and in between my volunteer project at the Aquarium in Valdivia...This Sunday we're going to liberate five of our sea turtles and it's also kind of a special day - the "Environment Day" where especially loads of children of our eco club take part in teaching other people how to protect the environment and the animals...a good project and the children are awesome!! As it was quite time intense to do classes AND the volunteer I won't go there next week but I really enjoyed it to help them feeding and take care of the animals. Today is Saturday and loads of my friends left Montanita that I have time and finally ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita May 24th 2011

A few weekends ago, my roommate and I decided to get as many teachers together as we could and go to the beach. So, we ended up getting about 10 people together (which was very difficult) and then we headed to the beach. As we drove down off of the mountains and towards the beach we could feel the warmth and the humidity immediately. Cuenca has nice mild weather, but every now and then it is really nice to feel some real sun. On the way there was decided to rent a van because it is much faster than taking the bus and we only had Friday, Saturday and Sunday off. Well, it turned out that the driver of the bus had no idea how to get there, and did not bother looking at a map ... read more
Our Side of the Hostel
View of the Beach
Miranda and I

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita May 8th 2011

I´ve been in ecuador for about 10 days now and to say its been eventful would be both an under and an over-statement. Quito was great fun for the first few days and a good starter for what has been a complete culture shock. On the flight I was having my doubts about what I was thinking when i planned two months on my own in south america, but as we flew over the vast mass that is Quito at night that all vanished and was replaced by excitement similar to what I felt when I was driving through Bangkok for the first time. Only problem with Quito was that my hostel and seemingly all others in town were pretty empty (i was infact the only one in my hostel for the first night) this has ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Montañita April 30th 2011

It has been another glorious few days here in Montanita. We survived the long, busy, weekend and its array of cumbia, salsa, reggaeton and drunken ecuadorians. The heat has dropped a bit and cloud cover has kept it cooler. On average, we've probably seen about 85 degrees each day, adding a few more for the humidity. The ocean, on the other hand, grew dangerous and swift, producing large riptides along the beach just searching for someone to cross the safe-line. I was able to go and see some beautiful properties, a few that I think have special potential. The next town south of Montanita, about one mile down beach, is Manglaralto. It's much smaller, quieter and doesn't really have the tourist draw that Monta does. It has a hospital, a fire station, a town square and ... read more
Beach Sales
Beached Whales
New Construction

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