Manabi Region Ayampe - Ecuador
Sea and Stay - Part 1
United Military Travel flew us from
Washington, DC to Guayaquil, Ecuador in a
meer 7 hours - ones of the most painless
flights ever (another reason why we love
UMT)! Before our arrival we had arranged for
a pick up from the hotel we were staying with;
I highly suggest doing so to ensure safe and
Ecuador is broken down into providences
and we traveled north west to the coastal region of Manabi in
about 3 hours from the airport.
You could fly into Manta International Airport for a shorter
commute to Manabi but the
airfare is more expensive.
My husband surfs and I am a beach bum so we chose to make
home base for the entire 10 days, as it is one of the top surf
destinations in Ecuador. Ayampe to
us is more of a holistic community rather than a town - call it a
village if you will.
There we stayed at La Buena Vida Bungalows,
www.surflabuenavida.com, and if you are looking for small
personal accommodations we highly
suggest staying there. The owner's, Keith and Marilyn Keller,
are from Virginia Beach, Virginia
and provide you with American style services but in an
Ecuadorian atmosphere. You will see
them and their three kids everyday and probably get to know
them on a first name basis. Also,
they have two dogs, Reef and Rusty and a cat named Panko.
The dogs will be your tour guides if
you let them and if you give the kitty bacon he will be your best
Not a surfer? That is ok!
Ayampe also offers yoga, mountain biking, world class fishing,
and deserted beaches - it just takes 20 minutes to walk around
the town to find them all :) Also, you
can walk to the bus stop to go anywhere but we chose Puerto
Lopez, Montanita, and a private
beach in a Machalilla National Park.
If you are a food junkie like me here are my restaurant
La Buena Vida: Breakfast (which is included in stay) and salad bar for lunch
El Paso: Lunch and dinner for local food
Finca Punta: Dinner for ceviche and jungle atmosphere
La Orisha's: Most amazing italian food and pizza in Ayampe
Coming up...Part 2 = Puerto Lopez, Montanita, and
Machalilla National Park