Hola Ecuador... and directly 'Back to the 70ies'
Trip Start Nov 28, 2011
165Trip End Apr 09, 2013
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Crossing the borders between Peru and Ecuador was easy. No problems so far with anything. We got our exit stamp from Peru and just before midnight, after some questions about why and what we want to visit the country, we received our entry stamp from Ecuador. Stamp might be a little overrated considered hat it is jut a boring computer print with an endless alphanumeric 'thing' in there. From here on, we are now on the way to Guayaquil, Ecuador's biggest city
Arriving in Montanita we are somewhat unprepared and still need a room. After a walk through the 'city' and checking some ho(s)tels and rooms we found a clean one in a modern building, in from of the beach and with own bathroom and hot shower. What a delight! So the next two nights it is Montanita.
Next thing was a good breakfast to which we treated ourselves and then we were off to the beach and exploring the rest of the 'mystical' Montanita. The reputation of this place is more or less 'sex, drugs and rock 'n roll', plus endless amount of 'nouveau hippies' that either make business here of just enjoying theses 3 words in one big party.
Well, the good part about Montanita is that there is plenty of sea and...waves! Gentle waves, perfect for us. So while we figured out where to go and to rent the boards we also discovered that within two days the place would be crowded and stuffed with tourists form Ecuador as there is a 'feriado' = public holiday. Not only that the beach is supposed to be packed, the prices are going up - might even double. The only place where it did not was the 'Balse Surf Camp' owned by lovely Julie and her husband. But as they are above world travellers budget we have to quickly forget about the beautiful site, lovely people and great surf instructors - and get on further..
So although we found a great place for lunch (3 USD for soup, secundo & juice) and lovely people we decided to leave Montanita and travel the coast upwards along the 'Routa del Sol'. The others small villages are supposed to be much more quiet and have less tourists - most of the holiday makers will be looking forward to some party.
Our pick is: Las Tunas.
To get there you just have to take the green bus and hop off at the village, walking to the sea brings us directly to 'Cabanas Mirada al Mar' (Cabanas Look at the Sea - as the English sign says) and before we know have a room and a place to stay. Yeah!