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Things to do in
Montanita

Activities

Aside from a trip to the Galapagos Islands, activities are pretty cheap in Ecuador. A ride on the Devil’s Nose train will cost 25 USD roundtrip, while entrance to Ingapirca and most museums costs around 6 USD. Day trips to volcanoes and mountain hikes are typically around 30 USD. A trip to the Galapagos Islands is pricey – about 1,500-2,500 USD for 10 days, plus the 100 USD park fee – but if you have room in your budget, it is incredible! Aside from a trip to the Galapagos Islands, activities are pretty cheap in Ecuador. A ride on the Devil’s Nose train will cost 25 USD roundtrip, while entrance to Ingapirca and most museums costs around 6 USD. Day trips to volcanoes and mountain hikes are typically around 30 USD. A trip to the Galapagos Islands is pricey – about 1,500-2,500 USD for 10 days, plus the 100 USD park fee – but if you have room in your budget, it is incredible!

TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN
MONTANITA

Do not be deceived by its small size and simple vibe; Montañita offers an experience of a lifetime. Why else would tourists flood such a little town? Whether you are attracted to the surfing or the parting, below are some things you can do to make your time in Montañita even more memorable:

  • Polish your Spanish
  • Relax! Just relax!
  • Catch some waves
  • Spot some spectacular birdlife
  • Sample some local cuisine

Polish your Spanish

They say when you go to Rome; you must do as the Romans do. Well, how about some Spanish? The Spanish language is the predominant language spoken here. Being good at it may make your stay just a little easier. Take advantage of the travelers’ scene too polish your Spanish language skills. Besides basic interaction, there are several schools where you can learn the Spanish language at a fair price

Relax! Just relax!

Even if you were to rush through the activities and sights, you could never explore all of them at a time. There is no need to rush. Leave the hustle and bustle home and simply relish the opportunity to sit back and do nothing. Lie on a hammock if you may. Walk along the beach if you please. Read a book if it pleasures you. Do some yoga exercises. Get a massage. Get a new hobby. Just relax! Who knows, your visit to Montañita might just lead you down a new career path!

Catch some waves

The best breaks in South America are found in Montañita. Expert surfers visit Montañita year in year out to experience these amazing waves. Is Montañita a place only for professional surfers? NO! With the help of surf schools, beginners can learn to work their way around the waves too. If you do not fancy surfing, however, feel free to visit the Agua Blanca community-run tourism project. Local guides will be happy to take you on a hiking trail where you will learn more about the plants and animals of the area. You will also be treated to a muddy sulfur bath which is great for the skin.

Spot some spectacular birdlife

You do not have to go all the way to the Galapagos. Isla de la Plata is home to blue-footed boobies, tiny crabs, the humpback whale and a host of other species. Penguins, boobies and turtles are also displayed at Valdivia. Indulge your artistic side at Libertador Bolivar as you head home.

Sample some local cuisine

Montañita has food everywhere and delicious food too! Your visit is hardly complete until you have a taste of the ceviche. Local fishermen and divers collect the ceviche shells which are then sold on the streets. The ceviche is usually displayed on appealing yellow carts. You may also choose to dine more sophisticatedly. The El Otro Lado, The Cana Grill, the Rosa Mistica, the La Casa Blanca Restobar, Bitter Sweet, Guadalajara Tacos al Grill, Buena Onda Café and Montezuma Restro Bar are some of the beachfront restaurants at your disposal.

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The town of Montañita can be best described as a small surfing paradise with picturesque beaches and magnificent waves. Although small, it has developed into a quaint seaside resort booming with activities, attracting both international and domestic travellers. The atmosphere makes it a great place to learn Spanish and practice beach yoga.