Sol y Surf en Ecuador

Sol y Surf en Ecuador

The Ecuadorian coastline offer a wide variety of places to sunbathing, surfing, fishing, parting and savoring a tasty food surrounded by the most beautiful landscapes. Blessed with a pleasant beach climate and a water temperature of 25┬║C to 27┬║C all year long, Ecuador is a sensational destination for those ones looking for a surf and beach trip on a low budget.


The western coast is bursting with little villages of just a few hundreds of people. Most of them work in traditional fishing, agriculture or tourism. There is no doubt that the low cost of life in these regions is very appealing for certain travelers. For instance, accommodation starts from as cheap as $10 a day, meals can be purchased for $2.5 and bus tickets cost around $1 per hour of travel.

Mompiche

Mompiche

The route starts at the north, in the city of Same, where you┬┤ll be able to taste your first coastal meal. The second day, continue south to Mompiche, with a 7km beach of turquoise water and great waves. During whale season (June-Octover), is a good idea toget a boat to Portete Island, at the south of Mompiche, where you┬┤ll find a small tranquil town surrounded by mangroves. During this trip, you┬┤ll be shown different birds, marine turtles and the stunning handback whales.

Canoa

Canoa

Continue south on the fourth day towards Canoa, but before you reach it, make a quick stop at El Matal, a traditional fishermen town with its spectacular sea arm (Paradise beach) and fresh tasty food restaurants. Finish the day with a marvelous sunset in Punta Ballena. Spend the night in Canoa, one of the most popular villages for travelers. In Canoa the time doesn┬┤t go by and it┬┤s easy to be mesmerized for its beauty and pleasant environment. Entertainment options are also widely available. Some very popular activities are Spanish lessons, surf lessons, renting bikes and horseback tours. Many backpackers decide to spend in Canoa a few days.

Bahia de Caraquez

Bahia de Caraquez

Continue south but don┬┤t forget to withdraw some cash at the Bah├şa de Caraquez ATM┬┤s (nearby Canoa). Drive by the beach for 15 min (only possible in low-tide) to reach Chirije. This archeological place, used to be the center of an ancient civilization. Mystical places can be found here and it┬┤s surrounded by kilometers of untouched beaches and 238 hectares of dry tropical forest. Spend the night and head to Puerto L├│pez the following day. It┬┤s interesting to visit Isla de la Plata (Silver Island), famous for its blue footed boobies and whale watching boat excursions during season ( June-October). Also the popular beach of Los Frailes is found here, a turquoise gem of the west coast

Los frailes

Monta├▒ita y Los Frailes

The end of your trip is about to happen. What a better way to do it than in the hippy town of Monta├▒ita, well known for being a surf and party tourist destination. If you are after something more quiet, a good alternative are Ayampe and Ol├│n. The west coast of Ecuador is made for people who can vibe with the sound of waves and appreciate a chilled simple life. Discover the reason why many travelers spend months in some of these places and make the most of this amazing experience.