Río Ayampe

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  • Day55

    "Lazy" surfing days in Ayampe

    December 2, 2017 in Ecuador ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    After our short return to Quito, we sat on a bus pretty much the whole day to get to the coastal town of Manta, then 2 more hours with our surf instructor and hotel owner Keith to get to small and laid-back Ayampe.

    The bus ride was partially quite spectacular as our bus went through mountainous terrain, luckily all the buses have good breaks...

    Ayampe and our stay here so far is very nice. The Buena Vida crowd with whom we stay is treating us with a lot of hospitality, surf is good, the town really not crowded (sometimes we are only ones surfing or at dinner) and so... we will stay for 2 more days until next Wednesday :-) Surf video session is still coming up, so stay tuned :-)

    PS: we also saw our first Santa Claus this season :-)
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  • Day57

    Working on our 10,000 hours of surfing

    December 4, 2017 in Ecuador ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    We continue to have a great time in Ayampe. The hotel (La Buena Vida) does its name full justice and we’re very well looked after here. :-)

    Despite slightly hampered by sickness (a local virus is making the rounds) we manage to go surfing for about 1,5 hours every day - small stepping stones of practice on our little surfing careers :-)

    Today our host Keith took us to a little spot south of Ayampe and for both of us it was the best, challenging surf yet. We both managed to catch unbroken waves without falling off our boards and even get some thumbs up from the other guys in the water. (We all live for approval :-)) Wear and tear on body and clothing is beginning to show, though ;-)

    We also (yesterday) made a little trek into the local jungle on the search for tarantulas, birds and maybe monkeys. While we didn’t find any tarantulas, the mosquitoes found us and we returned with a few more bites. But we’re determined to go back in on our search for those tarantulas...
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  • Day59

    Last surfing days in Ayampe

    December 6, 2017 in Ecuador ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    The last surfing days in Ayampe, Ecuador, are sadly over. Our host/surf instructor Keith and his family and staff at La Buena Vida Hotel ( after us amazingly well and we really had a great time :-) We’re looking forward to returning maybe next year or so - hopefully having graduated from the novice surfer class by then ;-)

    We both had a great time on the water. Everyone has their own things to work on and not every day promises 5 great waves in a row, but we’re both happy just to get some hours on the surf board and we’re determined to fit more surfing into the remainder of our travel. 10 days (like now) is barely enough - it rather wet our appetite and left us wanting to stay on longer...

    The next destination is Cuzco, Peru, where we’ll visit the sacred valley and, of course, Machu Picchu :-)
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  • Day39

    Cooking Class im Ayampe

    November 15, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    One of the activities offered in our beloved guesthouse VistaMar was a cooking class with chef Fernando.
    Fernando was a lovely and calm man from Jipijapa, who has a truck full of vegetables and fruits, with which he drives to Ayampe everyday. All the ingredients of our cooked meal were organic and out of his truck!
    Although he spoke little English and my Spanish still isn’t the best, we had such a fun time!

    We made „Ceviche de camarón“ and were thrilled how to cook such a classic of the south american cuisine. It was after a recipe of Fernando himself and boy... it tasted Devine!
    As a second dish we made „Corviche de Camarón“, a plate made of platanos (sort of bananas), which are formed to sausages and include a shrimp hidden inside.
    We cooked so much, we could share with the other guests and had even leftovers for the next day.
    We are very proud that we can now cook to traditional dishes of Ecuador and looking forward to cook both plates in Germany for our families and friends.
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  • Day18

    Sendero del Colibri

    February 22, 2020 in Ecuador ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    Balade sur le sentier des colibris qui débute à Ayampe.
    Nous avons observé plusieurs oiseaux dont le colibri, de magnifiques et énormes papillons (le tout presque impossible pour nous à immortaliser si ce n'est dans nos caboches!), et des moustiques.... 😃
    Nous sommes obligés de rebrousser chemin après une heure de marche car la rivière peu acceuillante et avec un bon niveau d'eau, nous barre la route.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Río Ayampe, Rio Ayampe