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Aug 27, 2013 - Montanita Surf City

Montanita is very close to where I was staying in Olon. A $1.25 taxi ride or 50 minute walk. I took a walk there to take pictures and have lunch. It is considered a big surf city but the two days I visited there weren't any waves big enough for surfing. But it was full of lots of surfers, modern age hippies and a few from my days. Many there seem to earn money by selling trinkets, inexpensive jewelery, and marijuana paraphernalia. I had ceviche for $6 and a 'big' bottle of beer for $2. I was probably the oldest person in town.

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Mar 28, 2012 - Surf's Up in Montanita

Time to move on down the road. An hour bus ride took us to Montanita, well known for surfers and Spanish schools. This town reminds me of Key West FL many years ago: tattoos, drugs, sex, and rock and roll. My friend Denise Morris lives here with her surfboard maker boyfriend Victor. They met us for cold drinks between buses. We changed buses for yet another ride down the coast through Libertad until we reached Guayaquil. Finally, one more four-hour ride and we're back in Cuenca.

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Mar 9, 2012 - Montanita

Montanita Up early for the two hour bus trip to the party beach town of Montanita, on arriving and walking through the streets it was more like being in Ibiza than Ecuador with restaurants and street cocktail bars everywhere and the usual street vendors selling jewellery. I arrived early as not to have any problems finding a room as it gets pretty full with locals as well as tourists at the weekends but I still had a real problem and it took me about an hour to find a room which was right above the liveliest streets in town. The problem...

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Mar 8, 2012 - Leaving Montañita...

"It doesn´t matter what language you speak, when everyone is saying the same thing..." -Dustin Watson "I´m so drunk" "I love this song" "This hurricane (cocktail) is amazing" "What?" "I wanna dance" "I love this song" "I’m so drunk"....and over and over again.... Montañita is far from the quaint surf town I imagined it to be. It is more aptly described as the Cancun of Ecuador. The streets are packed with overpriced eateries, boutiques and surf shops. After one night of going out and drinking, Dustin and I have decided we have had enough...

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Feb 25, 2010 - Banana Pancakes Today

It's my last day in Puerto Lopez. Not much more to do here so I went in search of the banana pancakes mentioned in The Lonely Planet Ecuador. I found La Ballena/The Whale Cafe down near the end of the malecon. This is also the end of town where the fishermen land their boats with the early morning catch. There were both housewives and wholesalers on hand to buy whatever had been caught. It was a busy place this morning and the pelicans were standing by for scraps.

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Ecuador 2010

Feb 24, 2010 - Puerto Lopez Wednesday

There are beachfront stands that sell smoothies and fruit salads. That's where I went for breakfast today. The view was worth the price ($3.50). It was another lazy day around town. Not much to do here and I'm feeling that I should be moving on so I can know more of the country. All that is left for me to visit is Quito (again) and Otavalo, the town with the Sunday textile market. Tonight we went to Bellitalia for something a little different, Italian food.

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Ecuador 2010

Feb 23, 2010 - Bus Trip to Montañita

I have plans to meet an internet acquaintance, Amy Prisco of Salinas, in Montañita this afternoon. She offered to meet me halfway in this surfing town. The bus ride to Montañita ($2.50 for an hour and a half trip) south down the coast was beautiful. There are some surfing towns along the way and great views of the deserted beaches and cliffs. We met at a bar called Hola Ola for lunch. Amy is a New Yorker who formerly worked for a wealth management firm. She has been in Ecuador for 3 years and does property management and real estate in...

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Ecuador 2010

Dec 21, 2009 - Montanita Beach

Hi everybody, We´re staying with our Gabby´s family in a friends apartment in Salinas. I´ve got some great pictures of the view from the 20th floor and of the pacific coast when we get to a place with good internet access. For this post I´ve just jumped in to an internet cafe to let everyone know we´re doing great and having a good time. Too much sun, too much food already...in other words, couldn´t be better. Hope you´ll all have wonderful holidays, talk to you soon. Gary & Patty Patty's addition: Today we actually did go to Montanita. It...

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Nov 1, 2009 - More Montanita

After paragliding we took it easy for the next few days. As Kim and I made more and more new friends it was more and more fun to just relax and wander about the town rather than venture out in buses for hours and hours as had been our custom throughout most of the trip. A simple three block walk from our hostel usually meant running into five or more people you know, all of whom invite you into their restaurant, bar, coffee shop, surf shop, or home for a drink or a chat. Alter paying the three dollars to rent a board my first day I was...

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Oct 27, 2009 - Montanita

Montanita. At last. We had been travelling for a few days straight, not feeling very settled in or even comfortable in Ecuador until we got here. Even our first few hours were miserable. After being on an 11 hour bus ride we landed in Puerto Lopez, it was 6am. Dark clouds were everywhere. It was raining and the unpaved roads were inches thick with mud and birdshit and whatever other trash happened to have fallen there. We could barely keep our eyes open and hopped on another short bus ride to Montanita. This mecca for backpackers is...

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Jul 15, 2009 - Montanita and Isla de la Plata

In the final days of our time at the beach, I took advantage of the world class waves and tried surfing for the first time. It was hard work, but a lot of fun! I also had great luck with the wildlife at Isla de la Plata. We saw hundreds of blue footed, masked, and red footed boobies. Many of the birds had newly hatched babies who were as interested in us as we were in them. I arrived in Quito by night bus (my second least favorite form of travel after the motorcycle pulled Tuk-Tuk) at 5:00 this morning. We are off to the markets of Otovalo...

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Feb 23, 2009 - Montanita, Carnaval, YUCK

We should have heeded Marianna's warnings about Montanita being full of gringos and mud. Jose loves the place and hadn't been in a long time but was shocked at how gross it was - filled with mud and crap and swarming with drugged out hippie gringos and surfers. We checked into our seemingly lovely hotel, swam in the pool and met up with the group for a late dinner that later made me sick. The night scene was not inviting to me so we had a few drinks and Jose and I checked out for the night. We had a huge incident with the hotel owners being...

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