Montañita Travel Guide

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Montañita Things to Do

  • The Chongon - Colonche Range

    Most people don't know that on the backside of Montañita there is a virgin mountain range which is being turned into a governmental protected area. There are biking, trekking and zip line tours available ranging from $15 - $40. The range is mostly virgin tropical rain forest and its common to see or hear hauler monkeys and tiger cats, there are...

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  • Spanish lessons in the garden

    I took 2 weeks of Spanish classes at Marazul Spanish School in Montanita in June 2009. I previously did not speak any Spanish, but as a medical student in the US I feel it's absolutely necessary to at least be able to make my patients feel comfortable around me (even if I still need a translator for the medical discourse). I chose Marazul Spanish...

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  • Manglaralto

    Manglaralto stands proudly in front of its beautiful beach. It's very quiet and low profiled but it still has some accommodation, restaurants and even a small hospital for emergencies. Just 2-3 km south of Montañita it can be reached on foot or in the frequent passing buses and pick up trucks.It is known for their production of tagua, which they...

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  • Olon

    Olon is a quiet little village privileged by a beautiful, long beach and magnificent sunsets. It's only 3 kms north of Montañita so you can even walk to it or just reach the view point in the central road and have a panoramic view. For those who prefer swimming to surfing and tranquility to partying, this is a better alternative to Montañita. Using...

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  • Walking on the beach!

    Walking on the beach ...I took off my shoes to feel the invigorating touch of ..Mother Earth, especially when the ground underneath was carpeted with that invitingly soft white sand!The waves influenced by the serene picture of the vast beach kept on breaking into laces of innocent bubbles. Their drops bounced up in the air covering the scenery...

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  • Therapeutic massage..just perfect!

    Alfonso has been in Tibet for years. He has studied in Sera University-Convent in Tibet so his knowledge combined with his talent gives the best result! His massage is not only relaxing, it's liberating...the soul. His skillful fingers discover every little niche where pain gathers and relieves it. No more pains, no more stress, no stiff members...

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Montañita Restaurants

  • The best cappuccinos and much more...!

    Under the nice hotel “ Tierra Prometida” the hotel owners keep one of the best restaurants in Montañita. There is a laid-back atmosphere in a cosy ambient. All customers seem relaxed either sipping their drinks at the bar or over a savoury hearty meal. The variety of international and local food doesn't give you any chance to get bored. The outdoor...

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  • delicious Parillada!

    Do you know what a parillada is ? Well, it's delicious chops of various parts of meat cooked over a charcoal fire, giving out the most appetising odour and having a mouth watering taste. And the owner Omar Fernandez knows its secret very well! But this nice restaurant has more to offer. There are pastas, oriental cuisine, seafood, wines and much...

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  • Local Food

    I am not sure who Ebenezer is but he has a few restaurants around the town and on the outskirts of town. The food is so so.We stopped here for breakfast one morning. My breakfast was good. I had a simple cafe con leche, jugo de pina, eggs and fresh bread. Now thats not hard to mess up. Rob got the ceviche and he said that it wasnt that good. We...

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Montañita Nightlife

  • The night time shows in the streets

    There is alot of night life on the streets of Montanita. There are street entertainers like dancers, fire dancers and stuff like that. Also at night is really when everyone comes out. The bars open with music blarring loud. People spill out into the street and start dancing to reggaeton, salsa and hiphop.If you go out to the beach its common to see...

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  • Laid back bar on the beach

    Kahuna's is a place to relax, sit back and listen to the waves. The screaming, dancing on tables crowd does their thing down at the other end of the beach. Here, you can talk and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. VERY casual

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  • Nice relaxing place to have a drink

    Chief Bar is an open air place, just beyond most of the commotion on the main drag. If you want to have a conversation without 200 decibles of Bob Marley in your face..this is a good spot to settle in. Very casual

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Montañita Transportation

  • going to Montañita

    From Quito the journey is possible but too long, so maybe you should break it in two. Or fly from Quito to Guayaquil and then take a bus to Montañita.Airconditioned buses from Guayaquil leave 3 times a day, at 5.00 - 13.00 - 16.30. The journey takes about 3 and a half hours. Don't forget to take a sweater or a jacket out of your bag before you get...

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  • We rented a van or fugoneta

    Since we were a big group we decided to rent a van to go to the beaches. This was great because we went to Montanita and then went to Salinas and then to Guayaquil. We enjoyed the coast at our own pace with out being on a schedule. The worked great for us because we were with locals that knew the area so we didnt worry about getting lost. Althougth...

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  • Pickup service from Guayaquil to...

    If you need transportation from Guayaquil to Montanita, Eric will pick you up from the airport or your hotel. You can pre arrange a pickup, and he will be there on time(and probably early). He has a comfortable van for the 3-4 hour trip. He does this service for some of Montanita's hotels, so you are in good hands.

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Montañita Shopping

  • street art

    There are some young people all over the world with imagination and talent in their hands who have picked a unique life style. It doesn't give them any stability, they can't have luxuries, they don't even know if they will be able to afford their tomorrow's food. But on the other hand it gives them a precious sense of freedom and the chance to...

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  • Shopping Everywhere....

    We bought some henna jewelry, necklaces, braclets, and rings for about $1 each. Alexis forgot her bikini so I had to buy her one in Montanita. I found one for $9. The cost of things here is so cheap that I guess you can bargain if you want to but I didnt. I was more than satisfied with the prices I was quoted which were ridiculously cheap to begin...

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Montañita Local Customs

  • The morning routine

    One morning I got up early and I was having my cafe con leche as I observed how things function around here. The guys selling fruits roll by yelling "bananas se vende verdes" and then another couple guys drive by on their motorcycles with fresh fish thats in a little basket on the back of their bikes and they go by all the restaurants yelling to...

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  • Catholic Church

    San Ignacio de LoyolaThe church is open the whole day and most of the night. Usually no one is in there.

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  • Rasta..Bohemian...Hippie

    Whatever you want to call it, its here. Montanita has a culture all its own. I am not sure how some the the people survive besides making and selling some jewlery. You can find hemp bracelets and anklets, and necklaces. Beads, tiedied clothes. They also perform at night for the tourists with fire dances, juggling, dancing, playing music.

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Montañita Warnings and Dangers

  • rooms are not safe...

    Well you all know the rule: don't leave anything in the room unless you don't care if you never see it again. This rule of course doesn't apply to all hotels but it's the general rule for your peace of mind...I usually hide small things among dirty clothes and lock up my bag. As for money I generally carry it with me.

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  • Ok, so lets talk about the drugs

    I dont know how long this tip will stay up but here it goes.......It is said that Montanita is a place where anything goes. From what I have heard weed, cocaine and acid are found very easily here. I have also been told that no one really cares if you do thiese things, everyone minds their own business and even one advertisment that I read said "...

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  • The surf can be dangerous

    Like most great surf spots they can also be dangerous. The water may look calm but you always have to be careful. From what I was told is that there are two big craters on the ocean floor in this area. They form a whirlpool type of effect. Also there are rip tides and very strong current. My uncle complained that he was almost taken under. He is 85...

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Montañita What to Pack

  • Travel light to the coast

    We all took one bag but we traveled light. We werent staying that long and its way too hot and humid to even wear jeans. I survived with bathing suits, shorts and sun dresses I wore flip flops practically the whole time I was here. That and open toe shoes. It was way too hot to wear tennis shoes. Most pharmacy supplies are cheaper here but they...

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  • Don't forget your sun cream and...

    You're on the coast and the sun can be a murderer so don't forget your sun cream and your sunglasses!

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Montañita Off The Beaten Path

  • Stop by some of the other little...

    Stop by some of the other little towns to see how people live, taste the food and enjoy the culture. There were a few little towns that we passed on our way to Montanita from Guayaquil like San Pablo, Punta Blanca and others. My cousin was dying to stop at some of the little stands that they had up along the coast to eat fresh ceviche, fish,...

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  • A side trip to Ayampe

    Ayampe is about an hour busride north of Montanita. If you want to escape the hustle, commercialism, and most important of all...the crowds, this is a good place to do it. There is not much to do here. The feeding of the pigs is about the hottest action in town. If you want to surf in waters not clogged with other surfers, try this place....you...

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Montañita Sports & Outdoors

  • Ride the best waves!

    Montañita is the surfers' place in Ecuador. Surfers gather here because it is said to have excellent, consistent waves . The best time of the year is from January to April, even until July, when the waves are the best, from 1 to 3 meters high, sometimes even 4m..The winds come from North Northeast. The north part of the long beach, Baja Montañita,...

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  • Surfing of course

    It wasnt about futbol here or anything like that. It all about surfing.Alot of people come from all over the world to surf here. Many major competitions are held here too. You can watch, or join in by getting lessons, or if you already know how to do it then you can rent a board and get out there.The most dangerous part of the beach is by the...

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  • Surfing

    Check out my Things to do "Surfing" page for more info and pics. Montanita is the most well-known surfing destination in Ecuador. There are waves that are ideal for beginners and others that will satisfy the experienced surfers.

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Montañita Favorites

  • They say that there is no crime in...

    Everyone you talk to can tell you that there is virtually no crime in Montanita. I dont know how true that is considering I hardly ever saw a cop or security around (other than at the ATM/bank in front of our hotel.But no i really never felt unsafe here or threatened or anything. I still used my best judgement like I do when traveling though. Its...

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  • Getting your stinky laundry done

    If you are running out of clean clothes and a pile of filthy stuff is accumulating, head down to Jaunitas Lavanderia. If you drop your stuff off before noon, she will probably have it done by 6pm or so. The cost is about $1 per pound.

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  • Nice neighborhood around LaPunta beach

    The area 10 minues walk north of Montanita town is a great place to stay(Unless you are an avid party animal). It has a great laid back feel with nice residents and cool kids.

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The best Caipirinas
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Relax as much as you can
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Argentine Bar b Que
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Rent a chair and hang out at the beach.
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Hola Ola
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Get your hair braided
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Get tattooed..real or henna
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Surfing...or learn to surf
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The Beach
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Get a massage on the beach
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The church on the hill-Great views
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Sitting on the rocks at The Point
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Hopping a bus on the coastal road
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My Favorite Hangout in Montanita
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Ok dining in Montanita
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The best food in Montanita
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Hanging out in the Pueblo
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Surfing!
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Fishers
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Well... Am I obliged to do sports?!
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Surfing
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Just use your feet!
Transportation
The waves
Warnings and Dangers
Nightlife in Montanita
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Excellent grilled seafood
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Nice at any time of the day
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The fishing village
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And now, let's eat something!
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Have a drink
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The village
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The sunset
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La Punta
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The beach, of course
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