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 www.surflabuenavida.com. 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.
Canoa: Laid back beach town
It is a long beach of sandbanks and waves.
Coco Loco hostel https://www.hostelcocoloco.com 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.
Mompiche: Laidback small fishing village
One of Ecuador's better left-hand point breaks
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
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
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 www.areexpeditions.com
Galapagos, though we never made it there.