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    • Day9

      Montanita -Day 4

      January 22, 2020 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Last night i went back to the place with the pool table and played against a bunch of locals for hours, including David who i hung out on the beach with the night before and also became buddies with Nicolas originally from Peru. Starting to get to know the staff at certain restaurants here and a bunch of locals. Its nice to walk around town and hear my name called out or being greeted with huge smiles and fist bumps. A bit sad its my last day here. And i am casually curious about looking into properties here too.

      Woke up today incredibly sore all over. This surfing experience is having a serious physical impact. I actually feel 48 for a change haha. And no matter how much sun screen i put on, my nose gets redder and redder. I was very close to not surfing today but i don't know when my next opportunity will be, so it was time to suck it up and get back out there and enjoy the moment.

      Today went worse than yesterday. My timing was awful. Balance sucked. I read the waves poorly. And my pop ups were lazy, often going to one knee before standing up. I'm worn out and it shows. I really should go back to the 12 foot board until i get better.

      Three hour drive tomorrow morning to get the rental car back to guayaquil, so made it an early night. One thing i won't miss is all the mosquitos. My legs are covered in bites. Chao montanita.

      Edit: surfing pics are me
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      Traveler

      Sounds like Montanita will be very memorable for you.

      1/23/20Reply
      Traveler

      You look very happy 😀

      1/23/20Reply
       
    • Day106

      Last night Montañita! Out with a Bang

      February 15, 2020 in Ecuador ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

      So today was our last full day in Montañita, and as other days go here, it was pretty normal.... sit on the beach, have a walk into town for some street food and chill in a hammock /read a book maybe and obviously befriend the hostel cat who was waiting for us on our porch aww 😻. But this was the day we most definitely went out with a bang, or fire! 😳 🔥 So as we both agreed we had been indulging quite alot in the really nice restaurant right next to our hostel, and on the sea front (that does amazing Thai and Ecuadorian food, but was a little pricey) So we thought let's cook a full meal for once instead of having our usual tuna sweetcorn wraps that we were eating for lunch all week! 😂😂 So we cracked on and decided to cook some pasta... Mmm fancy! At one point the gas on the stove stopped working, so realised it needed a new cannister, so we asked the hostel guy Jackson to change it, which he did, and we managed to light it again.. Whoop! As we went on suddenly the gas connection came off, and caught the fire we were cooking with, and exploded with flames from under the stove, with the whole of the stove catching fire....we ran back but was too late for zachs leg hair and toes! 😳 Zach screamed "fire fire", and luckily one of hostel guys ran to switch off the gas, which stopped the fire! We both got away without burns gladly but we're we're in real shock, good job we already had a beer to drink after!! So in the end Jackson checked on us, then said because of this (as we had no way of cooking tea plus the trama 😔) he offered to pay for us to eat and drink at the restaurant we loved so much at the beach front... And of course we milked it for a full meal and red wine at sunset. And the freebies didn't stop there, we also got free beers at the hostel bar later! To say we have had such bad luck at this hostel, including the mess up with our room booking from day 1 (we managed to get a superior room and more free beers after this mess too 😂) and the fire! Despite all this we still loved our stay here, and were quite sad to leave after nearly 2 weeks. We'd deffo go back and hope the bad luck wouldn't follow us again lol.Read more

      Traveler

      Beautiful bring her home

      2/20/20Reply
      Traveler

      What a shock I thought that they had chopped your head off.

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    • Day103

      More Montañita chillin!

      February 12, 2020 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Most of our time here in Montañita has been mainly relaxing and enjoying the hostel 'casa del sol' because the people here are so nice, and most of the time we can go to the bar and meet new travellers that are here for the same thing... Plus surfing! I think that's a given as its known for its beach life, parties and a good place to catch some waves!... The town centre itself is made up of boutique shops (hippy style) and restaurants with happy hour deals! 😁🍻🍷👍 Then nearer the sea front more touristy shops, including roulette shots at street food /drinking places and I would like to say that the clubs and loud music was just here too, but once you're in the centre it's everywhere 😂 We stayed out a few nights for food and drinks, while catching up with a couple we met in Quito a few weeks before (also from the North of England 😊) and its great if you're in a group.... Or on the pull I guess 😂😂 it's an experience! So we we're pretty happy staying away from most of the noises of the clubs for sleeping 😴 just adding though the nights seem short on a week day if you want to party as most places shut near 10 or 11pm 🙄 alittle odd! We definitely have put on some weight here though, eating either pancakes or breakfast burritos in a morning with a different fruit and topping on the pancakes everyday! (omg they even had cinnamon french toast with fruity cinnamon jam on 2 days 😋😍.. Will deffo have to try making these ourselves! ) This hostel out of all we've been to in the last 3 1/2 months has had the best breakfast... Good work chef.. Muy bueno! 😁👌Read more

    • Day496

      Montañita und Olon

      April 14 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Nach ein paar tollen Tagen mit unseren Freunden ziehen wir ein paar Orte weiter nach Montañita. Der Ort ist vor allem für eines bekannt: Party. Deswegen suchen wir uns eine Unterkunft eher außerhalb der Stadt und werden nicht enttäuscht. Es ist überraschend schön und ruhig.

      In Montañita gibt's alles, was der Partytourist so braucht. Verschiedenste Restaurants, Bars und natürlich einige Clubs. Ins Nachtleben stürzen wir uns hier zwar nicht, aber es ist interessant sich diese Gegend anzuschauen. So schlendern wir mehrfach zu verschiedenen Tageszeiten durch die Stadt - immer begleitet vom Geschrei der zahlreichen Verkäufer.

      Über den Strand und einen Aussichtspunkt erreichen wir den Nachbarort Olon, der einen ganz anderen Flair verbreitet. Alles ist etwas ruhiger und irgendwie auch schöner. So ein bisschen stehen beide Orte trotz weniger Kilometer Entfernung im Kontrast zueinander.
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      Traveler

      Da muss man ja schwindelfrei sein🤭

      4/17/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ja das ist besser 😅

      4/17/22Reply
      Traveler

      Tolles Bild.

      4/17/22Reply
       
    • Day5

      Montañita - Casa del Sol - Part 1

      August 20 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Ich verbringe vier wunderbari Täg imne tolle Hostel in Montañita. S Hostel isch grad am Strand und chli usserhalb vom Jubeltrubel. I ha scho viel cooli Lüt kenneglernt und gnüsse die gmüetlichi Stimmig vo de Hostelumgebig. Trotzdem lahnis mir natürli ned entgoh echli ga z feste mit de junge 😜 Am zweite Tag beni ga Whalewatching mache in Puerto Lopez, was sehr schön gsi isch (Föteli folget no ;)). Die restliche Täg verbringi am Strand, mit viel tolle Livemusig, im Städtli und mit feinem Esse. Ich ha au bereits mit Spanischlektione gstartet, dameti mi de ned völlig blamiere 😅 Im Hostel cha mer billig Privatlektione neh :)Read more

      Traveler

      Gseht us als wärsch du scho guet acho ond voll uf Kurs! 😘

      8/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ja bis jetzt isch alles super 👌😍 höt beni s erste mal ga surfe isch super gsi 🤙 😘

      8/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      .. hübsch und entspannt .. 😎

      8/22/22Reply
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    • Day50

      48. We made a run for it!

      October 11, 2019 in Ecuador ⋅ ☁️ 68 °F

      Cooped up in our room in Quito for much of the day Tues-Thurs, we spotted an opportunity to escape on Friday after carefully monitoring the news and communicating with other travellers stuck in Quito through the Pan American Highway blog.

      With only one roadblock showing on our route, we hit the road before daybreak on Friday and headed west. The roadblock was gone when we got there, and we put in 10 hours in to get to the coast and the beach town of Montanita.

      Our plan is to get out to Galapagos from Guayaquil airport. Most of the protests that still continue are focused in the central past of the country, so we are hopeful about our travel plans.

      In the meantime, here are some pix from Montanita.
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      Traveler

      Thank goodness! Pleased to see you’re safe.

      10/12/19Reply
      Traveler

      Hope

      10/13/19Reply
      Traveler

      Hopefully you’ve got the

      10/13/19Reply
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    • Day2

      So it begins…

      August 17 in Ecuador ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Nach eme emotionale Abschied vo all mine Liebste - ich werd eu alli vermisse!- hani mi de gester endgültig ufe Weg gmacht vo Züri via Madrid nach Guayaquil. De Flug isch super gange (abgseh drvo dasses chum öpis z Trinke geh het) und au mis Gepäck isch achu 🥳 Ich öbernachte die ersti Nacht in Guayaquil imene Hostel und machi mi an nächste Tag uf mitem Bus nach Montañita - d Fahrt isch komfortabel und mer chöme sogar sehr pünktlich ah :) die nächste vier Täg verbringi im dem coole Hostel Casa de Sol. S rägnet gad deswege chani de Strand leidr nanig so gnüsse (wo grad vorem Hostel isch) aber hoffentli isches de murn schöner. De ersti Bananajuice mit Reggaemusig im Hintergrund hets amu scho geh 😅👌Read more

      Traveler

      so toll😍do vermissi alli scho ganz fest😪

      8/17/22Reply
      Traveler

      💞

      8/17/22Reply
      Traveler

      sehr hübsch 👍

      8/17/22Reply
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    • Day105

      Isla Santa Cruz - Montañita

      July 5 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Es geht wieder aufs ecuadorianische Festland, der Flieger geht um 10 Uhr in der früh. Es wird doch noch ziemlich knapp mit dem Weg zum Flughafen, da ich wieder jedes Taxi meide und wir mit Bus und Boot fahren. In Guayaquil nehmen wir einen Mietwagen und fahren an die Westküste nach Montañita. Da die Straßen aufgrund der Proteste noch in einem schlechten Zustand sein sollen, bekommen wir sogar einen Pickup. Das Starten des Wagens funktioniert allerdings nur mit Eingabe eines Codes vorher, sonst geht die Alarmanlage an. Naja bis wir das rausgefunden haben dauert ein bisschen. Am Strand in Montañita ist es dann schon dunkel.Read more

    • Day19

      Montanita - Day 2

      July 17 in Ecuador ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Started the day with a yummy ceviche by the beach. And then spent the afternoon on the beach sipping a few beers listening to my music and riding the boogie board i rented. I was very tempted to ride a surf board instead but wasn't feeling that ambitious today. And relaxed watching surfers in the waves. So enjoyable. Amazed to see many of the really good surfers were young kids.

      Again, lousy weather. No sun, not hot, and not cold but definitely not the montanita i had in mind when planning this trip. Instead of spending 4 days in montanita, i found a cheap flight the next day to get to cuenca instead. Which is also exciting... I love cuenca. It will be much cooler but more to do and see.

      As it got darker, i relocated to a restaurant in town where i ran into jeff (new orleans) and Valentina (Quito) again. I had already chatted with them a few times and our paths kept on crossing. Really nice, friendly couple.

      Most of the town was closed this day. Massive difference from Saturday night when it felt like the whole country was in montanita. Found another place to wind down and got to bed at a good hour. Another travel day tomorrow, so seemed wise. Unfortunately my hotel room was poorly situated as others clearly did not have the same desire to sleep and it was another night of loud music.
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    • Day118

      4 Wuche Olon

      June 8, 2021 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Es git wiedermal es Update 😊
      Mir sind 4 Wuche zrugg in Olon gsi. De Remi het s Tauchbrevet gmacht 🤿, mer sind namal go fische, hend neui Surfboards bstellt, hend es Dach über d Miniramp baut, sind vill bide Rampi gsi mit de Chind und hend näb de vile Wulche doch no es paar Sunneuntergäng gseh 🌅
      Jetzt simmer wieder parat für es Reisli!
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      Traveler

      Gratuliere Remi 🎊😘

      6/10/21Reply
      Traveler

      👍 wünsche euch weiterhin viel Spass und schöne Erlebnisse. - sonnige Grüsse aus der Schweiz 🇨🇭 Uschi

      6/12/21Reply
       

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