Playas: The sunniest beach in Ecuador

Playas: The sunniest beach in Ecuador

30 December 2012

Playas won’t impress you on first sight, but stick around long enough and it could grow on you. With a very expansive beach almost New England style, delicious seafood, and Dolphin watching excursions, it’s got just enough to keep you occupied during a short stay. It’s also known as the sunniest beach in Ecuador. Where […]

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Montanita: Where the party never stops

Montanita: Where the party never stops

28 December 2012

Montanita is coastal Ecuador’s undisputed top party town. With a hippy vibe and Bob Marley music in the air (among other things) for anyone who likes to surf, drink and dance this is your place. For many older folk the noise here is only bearable for short stints, but even if you don’t sleep here, […]

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Salinas: Weekend resort turned expat hot-spot

Salinas: Weekend resort turned expat hot-spot

28 December 2012

Ahhh, Salinas. At first I didn’t like the place, but now, I really like it. The older you get the more it grows on you. Eerily empty for 9 months a year, this place is like an empty Miami Beach except for on weekends when the local affluent with second homes here come to play […]

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Ayampe: A surfers paradise yet to be discovered

Ayampe: A surfers paradise yet to be discovered

27 December 2012

I first visited Ayampe in 2009 when a friend told me, ‘hey, you gotta see this place, it’s going to be the next Montanita’. Well, it hasn’t quite turned into the next Montanita but it has soared with development since then. Known for its under the radar, uncrowded waves, surfing is good here. For those […]

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Puerto Lopez: Is it more than just whales?

Puerto Lopez: Is it more than just whales?

26 December 2012

Puerto Lopez can grow on you. At first I didn’t like it but now I’m coming around, renowned for its whale watching during the July-October months, Puerto Lopez actually has a bit more than that. The food is excellent and the trips to the ‘poor mans Galapagos’, Isla de la Plata leave from here. Another […]

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Same: Where the ‘stars’ go

Same: Where the ‘stars’ go

25 December 2012

Same has arguably one of the most beautiful palm laden beaches in all of Ecuador, and its pricey too with resorts and expensive guesthouses for the local rich. Where to stay? My pick is La Terraza complete with a restaurant and rooms with sea-views, its hard to beat the value here with prices starting at […]

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Manglaralto: Montanita without the noise

Manglaralto: Montanita without the noise

25 December 2012

Manglaralto is the town just south of Montanita, in fact you can walk there along the beach in about 25 minutes. No noise, about 3 roads parallel to the ocean, just like a coastal Ecuadorian town should be. The roosters in the morning are the biggest annoyance. Theres not much surf here or other things […]

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Is Sua worth a visit?

Is Sua worth a visit?

25 December 2012

Sua ia the way a laid back fishing village should be, or at least exactly how you picture it I’m sure. I’d stop if relaxation is your main goal. Where to stay? Hostal Chagra Rama is my pick with weathered yet safe rooms starting at $9 per person. Follow @dombuonamici

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Atacames: The ‘whitest’ beach in Ecuador

Atacames: The ‘whitest’ beach in Ecuador

25 December 2012

Atacames is rumored to have the ‘whitest’ sand in all of Ecuador, but I’d say it also has one of the widest, biggest beaches in Ecuador as well. A party town with an Afro-caribbean flavor in Ecuador, this is where the folks from Quito come to party from June through September. Things to do? - […]

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Where to stay in Porto Viejo?

Where to stay in Porto Viejo?

24 December 2012

Not much to see or do in PortoViejo but it is a main connection hub between the north and south coast so chances are you may find yourself stuck there sooner or later. My value pick is the Hotel New York on the cnr of Olmedo y Francisco de Moreira with simple, clean rooms and […]

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Gualaquiza, a neat, hidden outpost no one knows about

Gualaquiza, a neat, hidden outpost no one knows about

24 December 2012

Gualaquiza is a small town of around 15,000 people in the Southern Amazon region of Ecuador. The people are friendly and the backdrop is beautiful as the area is surrounded by lush rainforest. What to do? Visit the bike shop Ciclos on Orellana 4-35 and rent a bike and enjoy the excellent 3 hour bike […]

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Pedernales: Ecuador’s version of Florianapolis, Brazil

Pedernales: Ecuador’s version of Florianapolis, Brazil

23 December 2012

Every time I come to this city I’m awed by the character and bravado of this small coastal city. The hilly streets leading down to the ocean are always full of something interesting to see, the locals are friendly, and the foreigners are scarce. The beach isn’t so nice but the food along the boardwalk […]

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Ecuador government refunds foreigners the VAT tax

Ecuador government refunds foreigners the VAT tax

23 December 2012

It’s nice to be treated special just for being a foreigner in Ecuador. In fact, for those that know about the program, foreigners don’t even have to pay the sales tax on items made in Ecuador. It’s true, the Ecuador government is now refunding foreign “tourists” the sales tax they paid on items made-in-Ecuador and […]

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Macas, worth a visit?

Macas, worth a visit?

23 December 2012

Macas is an interesting mix of old and new with new buildings jutting up from crumbling streets. Most choose to go to northern jungle towns like Tena, but for those who like off the beaten track destinations Macas wont disappoint. -Kayak the Upano River with class III rapids through one of the local outfitters. - […]

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Esmeraldas, is it worth its bad rep?

Esmeraldas, is it worth its bad rep?

22 December 2012

When you say “Esmeraldas” most people think “dangerous”, maybe due to the proximity of Colombia, maybe some other racially-charged reason. But in my opinion, Esmeraldas doesn’t deserve the bad hype and is an excellent place to visit. The locals are VERY friendly to the few foreign outsiders that visit and the food is to die […]

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Puyo: What to do?

Puyo: What to do?

22 December 2012

Puyo is one of those towns people go to to get a taste of the Amazon without really going neck deep in it. The backdrop is interesting with the Napo River on one side and towering volcanos in the distance while the Amazon flattens out on the other side. What to do? -Bike the 65 […]

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Cojimies: Coconut Palm Forests Await You

Cojimies: Coconut Palm Forests Await You

22 December 2012

In Cojimies, you may feel like you are the only foreigner around, in fact, you probably will be. But The beach is pearly white and one of Ecuador’s widest, tours to the nearby Island of Love (Isla del Amor) can also be arranged and this is the only place in Ecuador I’ve seen forests of […]

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Galapagos Flight Special RT $176, the best I’ve ever seen

Galapagos Flight Special RT $176, the best I’ve ever seen

21 December 2012

Until December 23 there is a flight special on Tame to the Galapagos roundtrip from Guayaquil for a total of $176 for anyone with an Ecuadorian Cedula… you can be a foreigner, you just need to be a legal resident of Ecuador with a cedula to qualify. You must travel before the end of March […]

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Mompiche: A deserted surf paradise turned resort

Mompiche: A deserted surf paradise turned resort

21 December 2012

Few people outside surfers knew about Mompiche, a little, lush green cove with great waves (lefts) until Ecuador’s first all-inclusive luxury resort went in, De Cameron. Its retained its low-key vibe but prices have risen since the resort finished in 2009. Where to stay on a budget? Id stay at my budget pick, the DMCA […]

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Tena, an Explorers Paradise

Tena, an Explorers Paradise

21 December 2012

Tena reminds me of my time traveling Laos. An ideal tropical, jungle area full of fun, interesting travelers chatting it up over a cold beer after a days worth of heavy duty adventuring. Many come to Tena to try the world-class white water rafting and kayaking. Class III and IV rapids abound, guides can be […]

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