Obviously one expects to be able to see thousands of different bird species in Ecuador’s Amazon jungle – one of the world’s top 10 hot spots of biodiversity. But along the coast, by the rivers, mangroves and dry forest areas there is also an incredible variety of bird life to watch.
board, get lessons and can chill out with like-minded people after ripping some waves.
Surf in warm waters without a suit, almost anywhere, practically any time of the year. Mostly onto sandy beaches, and few rocks.
Montañita is the best known surfing destination along the Ruta Spondylus and is a thriving hub for backpackers and surfers. Each year, Montañita is host for the ISA World Masters Surf Championships which goes on for about 8 days. There are several surf camps and hostals dedicated to the sport, and you can even learn Spanish at some of them, at the same time!
Nearby Olón has great waves too, and further south at Playas there are no less than seven point breaks dotted along the coast from Playas to Engabao. Up north, in Manabi and Esmeraldas provinces, there are plenty of decent surf beaches too, including Canoa.
From December thru May, during El Niño season, the waters of the coast of Ecuador warm up, and this suppresses the colder Humboldt current from the north. During this time there are big swells from north and south. Later in the year, the Humboldt current dominates, bringing slightly colder water and more wind along the coastline. Colder, but not cold. Really, you can surf without a suit year round.
In all, there are about 60 documented spots on the Ecuador mainland, many of them being nice safe beach breaks onto soft golden sand, which are great for beginners. For the ultimate Ecuador surf trip, try the crystal clear waters of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador’s answer to Hawaii, where you’ll find another nine or ten great surf spots spread among several islands.
|La Buena Vida||Ayampe||Manabi|
|Finca Punta Ayampe||Ayampe||Manabi|
|Ecuador Retreats Sanctuary Xanadu||Ayampe||Manabi|
|Paraiso Surf & Travelers Hostel||Canoa||Manabi|
|La Perla Hostería||Las Tunas||Manabi|
|Viejamar Surf||Puerto Lopez||Manabi|
|Hotel Tikilimbo||Montanita||Santa Elena|
|Casa Del Sol Surf Camp||Montanita||Santa Elena|
|Balsa Surf Camp||Montanita||Santa Elena|
|Hostal de Ricky||Montanita||Santa Elena|
|Surfing Inn||Montanita||Santa Elena|
|Hostal Surf Olon||Olon||Santa Elena|
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