Welcome to Montañita


A rabbit warren of stalls crowd the center, which feels as much a Middle Eastern market as a Pacific beach town; the influence of Argentine, Peruvian and Israeli cultures is strong. The itinerant vendors never took to a riverside site set up by the government, which remains abandoned. As this miniature Babylon builds up and up (three to four stories) it feels like it's reached its breaking point, almost literally.


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$50 Outdoor Activities

Isla de la Plata ( the Poor Man's Galapagos )

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Parque Nacional Machalilla, Puerto Lopez, Manabi ProvinceAfter deaprting Montanita we drive towards the harbor located in Machalilla National Park.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Isla de la Plata, Machalilla National Park, Manabi ProvinceAfter an hour-long cruise we reach Isla de la Plata. From here we begin to observe the island wildlife, especially the Blue-Footed Booby. After we are done walking we sit and enjoy a fresh snack.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Isla de la Plata, Machalilla National Park, Manabi ProvinceAfter trekking and bird watching we take the entire group to a calm area of the island were we snorkel. Snorkel equipment is included.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Parque Nacional Machalilla, Puerto Lopez, Manabi ProvinceAfter arriving back from the island, we collect lifevest and await our private transport to drive us back to Montanita. Sometimes the bus transportation arrives 10 to 20 min after arriving at Puerto Lopez, so it is a good time to walk around and enjoy the culture of the people of Machalilla.Duration: 30 minutes

$469 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Guayaquil to Salinas and Montanita 3-Day Tour

Day 1: Guayaquil - Salinas - MontañitasPick up at 7am from your hotel in Guayaquil to Salinas. Once arrived to Salinas we will visit to the "Chocolatera" where we can observe sea lions and several species of birds. Then we will do a city tour of Salinas and its beaches. Time for lunch (not included). Around 2pm we will head to Montañita and check in to your accommodation. Free rest of the day in Montañita to enjoy the beach and the town.Day 2: Montañita - Frailes BeachAfter breakfast at the Hotel we will transfer to the "Frailes" beach and to enjoy a full day at this beautiful place. Day 3: Montañita - Olón - GuayaquilAround 9am, after breakfast at the hotel we will go to Olón where we will visit the "Mirador de Olón". Then you will have free time on the beach or at Montañita Olón. At 5pm we will do the transfer back to Guayaquil.

$259 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ecuador Wander Pass

Day 1: Baños06:00-07:00Depart from Quito from your selected pick-up point 08:30Arrive at Cotopaxi National Park, home to one of the world’s highest active volcanoes. 11:30Depart Cotopaxi. 12:00Short visit to charming Pujili, a town famous for its dancers. Traditional lunch. 12:45Depart Pujili. 14:45Arrive at Quilotoa. Explore the 3km-wide turquoise volcanic crater lake. 17:00Depart Quilotoa. 19:30-20:00Arrive in Baños, home to steaming volcanoes, explosive waterfalls and hot thermal springs. Day 2 FREE DAY to take a guided bike tour from La Casa del Arbol swing (selfie stick at the ready!) to the awesome Devil’s Cauldron waterfall. Day 3 FREE DAY to explore the subtropical town, rafting in jungle ravines, bungee jumping into the valley, spotting exotic birds, hiking in the foothills of the active Tungurahua volcano and finishing the day soaking in steaming hot springs. Day 4: Cuenca06:30-07:00Depart from Baños from your selected pick-up point. 09:30 15-minute stop at the mirror-like Colta lake and Balbanera church for photos. 10:00Arrive at Guamote or Riobamba to explore one of the most authentic markets in the country. 11:00Depart Guamote or Riobamba. Those who wish to take the train hop off at Alausi. 12:30Arrive at Ozogoche, 45 lagoons for hiking, fishing and spotting highland wildlife amid dramatic landscapes. 14:30Lunch at Ozogoche. 15:00Depart Ozogoche. 19:30-20:00Arrive in Cuenca, ready to explore one of South America’s most intact colonial cities. Notes Our first town stop depends on which day the market is.Tuesday: Riobamba hornado marketThursday: GuamoteSaturday: Riobamba fairIf you want to take the Devil’s Nose train, hop off at Alausi, stay the night and board the Tren Ecuador early the next morning. Day 5 FREE DAY to explore the historic and bohemian charms of Cuenca, including visiting the Pumapungo Inca ruins, walking along the riverside, checking out the art galleries and shops, visiting a convent and enjoying the cafés, bars and clubs. Day 6 FREE DAY to discover more of the treasures just outside the city- Day 7: Montañita06:30-07:00Depart from Cuenca from your selected pick-up point. 08:00Arrive at El Cajas National Park for a wet and wild adventure among 200 lakes. 09:30Depart from El Cajas. 11:30Arrive at hacienda for cacao and mango experience and lunch. 13:00Depart hacienda. 14:30Arrive in Guayaquil to drop those who wish to stay here. 15:30Depart Guayaquil. 17:30Stop in San Pablo fishing village for photos and snacks. 18:00-18:30Arrive in Montañita in time to catch the sunset and hit the party scene.Day 8, 9 &10 Surf’s up! Get out on the waves and enjoy the beach life of Montañita and its nightlife later! Take some surf classes.DAY 11Return to Quito

$120 Cultural & Theme Tours

MOTMOT PASS: MONTAÑITA TO BAÑOS

1st day: Montañita to QuitoDeparture days: Thursday, Saturday & Monday07:00 Depart from Montañita from your selected pick-up point. 08:30 Arrive at Puerto López for a late breakfast. 09:15 Depart Puerto López 13:00 Lunch 14:30 Depart lunch 18:00 Arrive in Quito and be dropped off at one of our points.Drop-off points in Quito 2nd day: Quito to BañosDeparture Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday6:30 Depart from Quito from your selected pick-up point. 08:30 Arrive at Cotopaxi National Park, home to one of the world’s highest active volcanoes. 11:30 Depart Cotopaxi. 12:00 Short visit to charming Pujili, a town famous for its dancers. Traditional lunch. 12:45 Depart Pujili. 14:45 Arrive at Quilotoa. Explore the 3km-wide turquoise volcanic crater lake. 17:00 Depart Quilotoa. 19:30-20:00 Arrive in Baños, home to steaming volcanoes, explosive waterfalls and hot thermal springs.

$30 Multi-day & Extended Tours

GUACAMAYO PASS: MONTAÑITA TO QUITO

From Montañita to QuitoMain stops.-Montañita.-Puerto Lopez.-QuitoItinerary7:00 Depart from Montañita from your selected pick up point.8:00 Arrive at Puerto López for a late breakfast.8:45 Depart from Puerto López13:00 Lunch14:00 Depart lunch18:30 Arrive in Quito and be dropped in one of ours drop off points: Belmonte Square (old town), Plaza Foch, Gabriela Mistral Park.Notes:If you want to go whale-watching from Puerto López, add two days to your itinerary (only available between June to Semptembre). If you want to do our Quito free walking tour register here and add two days. if you want to do another activity you can upgrade your pass to go to Baños, Cuenca, or to do the entire loop.

$38 Cultural & Theme Tours

GARZA PASS: GUAYAQUIL TO QUITO

1st day of travel: Guayaquil to Montañita Departure Days: Wednesday, Friday & Sunday 15:15                Board the Wanderbus in Guayaquil.18:00 – 18:30   Arrive in Montañita in time to catch the sunset and hit the party scene.2nd day of travel: Montañita to Quito Departure days: Thursday, Saturday, Monday 6:50 – 07:00 Depart from Montañita from your selected pick-up point.08:00            Hop on or hop off at Puerto López08:30 – 09:30 Cooking experience: Make your own traditional breakfast at Puerto Cayo beach14:00 – 14:30 Stop for Lunch18:30 – 19:00 Arrive in Quito and be dropped off at one of our points.