Manglaralto Sunset Hostel
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After 3 bus rides totalling 14 hours we arrived at our lovely beach front hostel. It was only 9am and a few other guests were lounging out the front. While we waited for our room to be made up we got chatting to two American travellers also staying at Sunset hostel. They'd both fallen in love with Manglaralto so much they'd been there a month and …
... the time we visit. If a town has sunny weather I tend to love it, if there's rain, I'm less inclined to stay and check out all the sights. The weather in Montanita while we were there was overcast and dismal which was fairly disappointing and I suspect we would have had a better time if the weather was better. I found the town to be dirty... I found myself often dodging dog poo and the occasional street rat. There were smelly, dirty hippies selling their wares all over ...
... On entry we had to sign the visitor’s book that I noticed had been printed specially for this occasion, and were given a glass of wine each by a waiter. All the waiters and waitresses looked like locals, but we noticed quite a few Ecuadorians amongst the guests as well; probably locals who are married to or are going out with someone with a British passport. Then we found a table and sat down. Soon a waiter began bringing us each a plate of small empanadas ...
... booked for 20 people or more. We were also very partial to testing out some locally brewed beers, after a good session of yoga at the beach side yoga studio.
After all of the hard work during the week we decided to organise some hikes for the weekends. On one Saturday a group of us went to the "Isla Del Plata", which is a island off the coast of Ecuador. It is inhabited by hundreds of blue and red footed boobies, which are possibly the cutest birds ...
... one morning we had coffee and chocolate banana pancakes instead. We used eggs from the chickens for the pancakes, cocoa beans from a local farmer and sugar cane extract from outside our doorstep to make chocolate, and finally coffee beans that we had harvested and roasted the previous day for the coffee. Self-sustenance in Ecuador isn't all that bad!
It was, ironically, in this beautiful and remote location that we experienced our first robbery in South America. ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility