14 Mar How to Find Tranquility in Montañita
The surf town of Montañita on Ecuador’s south Pacific coast is notorious for its wild hedonistic parties. Like many other coastal areas, surfers started coming here for the waves. The town then slowly established itself as a popular tourist spot, attracting not just board riders but backpackers from around the world.
If you’re tired of the party scene, don’t skip Montañita just yet. It has loads to offer every kind of traveler. From delicious $1 empanadas, $2 burgers to more upscale seafood restaurants and everything you crave for, you’ll find them here.
Here’s how I found peace and calm in Montañita:
First things first, fresh air and yoga on the roof deck at the break of dawn
$3 crepes & café with language lessons with the friendliest breakfast ladies
Grab a board and surf!
Get a relaxing massage right on the shore, starts at $15 for 40 minutes
Walk to the far end of the beach to meditate
Hire a bike and cycle to the next beach called Olon to find the freshest seafood
Take your favorite book and ride the bus to Playa Ayampe, about 25 minutes away for $1.50
Hire a boat with your new beach buddies to snorkel in Salango, a 40 minute bus ride away for $2
Where to stay:
If you want to get some rest and relaxation, make sure to stay at a pretty chilled out hostel away from the hustle and bustle of the main grid, but just a short walk away when hunger strikes. Esperanto Hostel has the perfect location, far from all the parties and just 50 meters away from the beach. Dorms start at $10 per night. Towels, mosquito nets and lockers are provided for every guest.
Jorge, the owner has traveled quite extensively so expect to find memorabilia from surf competitions around the world. If you’re nice, maybe he’ll even share some secluded surf spots around the area. Everyone’s favorite chillout area is the roof deck where we all wait for the perfect sunset.
How to get here:
From Guayaquil’s main bus terminal, go all the way up to the 3rd floor to buy your ticket. I was half-asleep when I arrived on the nightbus from Baños and to my surprise most of the terminal was operational even at 4:00 am. The security guards were even super helpful in finding the right ticket booth. The trip lasts about 3 hours towards the coast. The bus drops everyone off right on the main road at the town’s center.