Ayampe = Chill

Trip Start Nov 03, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Ecuador  , Manabí,
Monday, March 8, 2010


Well instead of Manta/San Mateo, our destination wound up being Ayampe.  As soon as we boarded the bus and left Quito I passed out hard; in fact, Jon couldn't even wake me up for the complimentary snack and drink!  Slept almost the whole ride which should have taken 8 hours, but lasted closer to 12.  No a/c was compensated by windows. I began to feel the humidity in the air…a sign we were closer to the beach.

Once the bus dropped us off, a cab driver took us around to check a few breaks; Merciealago (spelling?) in Manta and then to San Mateo.  He informed us there were no places to stay there…don’t think we wanted to anyways.  Good wave, but the town was a super ghetto/dirty fishing village and it didn’t feel safe.  We saw a few sets that looked fun, but we would have had to of hiked 30 minutes-hour each way…not worth it.

We jetted back to the bus terminal and made it just in time to score a ride on a bus heading south.  It was only $3.50 to Ayampe.  We arrived around 3:30 p.m. and checked in to La Tortuga.  This place is gangster…very well run well and kept maintained.

The food at the restaurant is extremely fresh and tasty.  No a/c, but internet/ping pong/pool table/and oceanfront views are all included for $12 a night per person; oh, and hot water as well. 

Low-tide and onshore winds kept me from surfing; did ding repair and walked the beach instead.  Mike and Jon attempted to shred, but were let down.  Many amazing types of rocks to be collected; some green, some red or purple…all drained out from the river mouth.

Towards sunset I headed out to grab us 3 "big beers", but Jon and Mike joined me so instead we indulged on the beach.  This is where we met George (lived in US & Greece, but originally from Guayaquil…very good English and was also learning to surf).  He informed us that when we first approached into town girls were making bets that they could get us to stop by cat-calling…ha-ha at the time we kept walking because we had all of our gear; hindsight is 20/20 I guess.

Surfed a little today, but my dumbass forgot to tighten the screws on my center fin and it fell right out.  Loved those fins…only type I have used in 3 years.  Super bummed and pissed at the time, but after replacing the lost fin and surfing a bit more I guess I don’t care.  Just buy more in the States with my credit card…

Surf was sizeable but kind of closed out so we may hit the point in Montanita later this evening or tomorrow.  Have to go anyways to buy more gifts, plus Jon has to experience it. 

Lying in this hammock writing, belly full, Santana playing on my I-pod and…true bliss.

The kid who works here finally gave us the Wi-Fi password, so quick e-mail check and then a game of ping-pong (if no surf).  Oh yeah…”Nina” is a dog (Golden Retriever-like) who follows us everywhere, even into the surf.  She chills most of the time though.  Sort of the theme of Ayampe…chill.


 Will write more about this at a later time…

 La Tortuga/Ayampe:

                        -16 year old always plays Michael Jackson music at breakfast.

                        -Scrambled eggs, watermelon juice, 3 pieces of toast and coffee…$3

                        -Pollo Apanado with patacones is my favorite…fresh limes

                        -Almost killed a baby chicken with a rock at the bus stop

                        -Playita and Rinconada (trails/hikes…points) “secret spots”

                        -Flagging down buses/trucks to Puerto Lopez and Montanita

                        -Jon’s camera was “lost” in Montanita

                        -Great food and unreal set-up at Finca Ayampe…can see entire break and it’s                         very jungle-like, almost built into the forest so to speak.
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