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Ecuador Travel and Highlights

We loved Ecuador so much that it would be one of our top countries in South America and a country we would easily return. In the right months, there are significant waves to be found and not so crowded either. If not surfing, plenty of activities to do and sights to see with a strong coast, mountainous and jungle contrast. Not to mention all the delicious food on the coast.


Ayampe: Quiet town, often overlooked.

  • Uncrowded waves that have some serious power behind them.

  • Bungalows La Buena Vida Ecuador Hotel & Spa Owners Keith and Marilyn, with their two kids, are lovely people. Keith has an abundance of knowledge about the surf and waves in Ecuador, locally and afar.

La Buena Vida with Keith Ollie and Bronnie
La Buena Vida with Keith Ollie and Bronnie

Canoa: Laid back beach town

  • It is a long beach of sandbanks and waves.

  • Coco Loco hostel was a comfortable and clean stay that has vibrant owners and guests alike. Owners Elizabeth and Mao are lovely people.

Manta: Easy going city with tasty barbecues

  • Carnaval and partying to be had, and a tasty variety of food

  • Good base for surfing San Mateo, the further south San Lorenzo and Las Piñas

  • You can find great food at Beachcomber on Calle 20 y Avenida Flavio Reyes. We made great friends with the owner - George.

  • Hostal Centenario - Calle 11 y Avenida 5. Pepe is a great bloke if you meet him!

  • None or hardly any gringos when we were there - this is a plus in our eyes.

Ollie surfing the shallow reef of San Mateo in Ecuador
Ollie surfing the shallow reef of San Mateo in Ecuador

Mompiche: Laidback small fishing village

  • One of Ecuador's better left-hand point breaks

Puerto Lopez:

  • A comfortable place to organise a tour to Isla de la Plata

  • There is a secret wave nearby!

Quito: Interesting city

  • Ride on the Teleférico

  • Climb Rucu Pichincha

  • Climb Cotopaxi

  • Visit Del Mundo (The middle of the world)

  • Eat cuy in Selva Alegre (guinea pig)

  • Explore many of the historic buildings and churches

  • Climb the spires (115m) of the Basilica del Voto Nacional a huge church

  • Check out the view down to Guápulo

Cotopaxi in all its glory
Cotopaxi in all its glory

Quito is a great jumping-off point for:

  • Baños a touristy town with plenty of outdoor activities

  • Cuyabeno Nature Reserve (The Amazon)

  • We toured with the Guacamayo Eco-Lodge

  • Galapagos, though we never made it there.

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