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Trip Report

One month backpacking the best surfing locations in Ecuador

One month backpacking on the surfing Ecuatorian Coast from the south to the north Between Salinas, Montañita, Olón, Puerto Lopez and Mompiche.

by carla woodyAbout Me:Hi guys ! I am Carla (26) from France, I am a world backpacker for many years and still now. I travel playing music, painting, drawing, making handcraft jewelry and doing volunteering projects mostly. On this page, I will share with you ... read more

Ecuador25 days / June - July 2017

Highs & Lows

Ecuatorians are really gentle and helpfull, especially in the Manabi Region.

Ecuador's coast is cloudy and windy on winter, which is the wales season.

Itinerary Overview

Hi everyone ! In this trip we gonna share you our backpacking journey on the Ecuatorian coast strating from, the south in Salinas (Guayaquil region) to the north in Mompiche (Esmeraldas region). Most of our travels are by bus and hitchhiking. We cut all the trips in 5 days each but you can stay longer for sure.

The destinations and times are :

- 5 days in Salinas 

- 5 days in Olón next to Montañita

- 5 days in Puerto Lopez

- 5 days in Canoa

- 5 days in Mompiche

Those destinations are the best turistic points on the coast for you to start but as we visit more, we gonna help you with our best tips !

Ecuador it is a really peacefull country for turism and its people is really proud of its culture, food and music. Its coast has a strong family and relax energy and is perfect to learn or practice surf !

  • 5 Nights: Salinas
    Relaxing Beach, Boat activities, tent rental,
  • 5 Nights: Olon
    Artistic and colorful painted village of Olon
  • 5 Nights: Puerto Lopez
    Wales watching and snorkeling in Puerto Lopez
  • 5 Nights: Canoa
    Relaxing Beach, Surf activities and amazing sunsets
  • 5 Nights: Mompiche
    Black sand beaches and night swimming with planctons

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    The transport: Next time travel on bikes ! We don't recommend Playas in Guayaquil region for tourism.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    It has been a bit difficult to understand the buses roads and stops but nowadays, roads change so check well your itinerary !

  • How was the food?

    Ecuador as an incredible and delicious seafood and scenic seafood. The "cevicherias" are the best places to try the freshest raw fish with lemon and don´t worry if you don´t like it raw, they have a lot of delicious ways to cook it perfectly. White rice and beans are in almost all of the traditional food so be carefull if you don´t like it so much. Banana "Guineo" and peanuts are the favourite and commun ingredients for local gastronomy in Manabi. Try: Chifles, corbiches, encebollados, chicharron de pescados (fried fish and scenic seafood).

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Try all the food you don´t already know and just be charmed by the coast. Ask severals prices for everything to get the best one.

  • Packing tips?

    Ecuador can be very cold and windy in winter (whale season) or really warm and sunny on summer. Anyway, always bring potable water during your adventures and good shoes and pants or shorts for trekking.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Buses can be really slow and complicated, hitchhiking can be faster in a lot of ways or rent bicycles in the different daytrip adventures ! Go walking or in bicycles, it's the best way. Buses almost don´t have air conditioning.

  • Any surprises?

    The incredible generosity and family vibes of Ecuatorians ! And really well surprised by the food obviously !

  • Booking details?

    We recommend wild camping and hostels for your stays ! Book your tours through hostels which can sometimes be cheaper.

Lodging