Top things to do in Ruta Spondylus

Top Choice Brewery in Montañita

Montañita Brewing Company

At the northern end of the beach, overlooking the sand, the only microbrewery on Ecuador's coast serves up Amazonian IPA, chocolate stout, blackberry, jalapeno and passion-fruit blondes, and tropical ciders (mango, …
Top Choice International in Montañita

Tiki Limbo

In the epicenter of town, Montañita's best restaurant has an eclectic menu of global dishes (fajitas, falafels, homemade burgers, sesame-crusted shrimp, seafood platters) served in a charming setting of well-kept ba…
National Park in Parque Nacional Machalilla

Parque Nacional Machalilla

Preserving isolated beaches, coral formations, two offshore islands, tropical dry forest, coastal cloud forest, archaeological sites and 200 sq km of ocean, Ecuador's only coastal national park is a marvelous and un…
Village in Parque Nacional Machalilla

Agua Blanca

A visit to this small indigenous community and its surrounding territory is a chance to escape tar-and-concrete modern Ecuador. You’ll find the turn-off, where you pay an entry fee (which covers museum admission and…
Museum in Parque Nacional Machalilla

Archaeological Museum

Well worth a visit. Spanish-speaking guides explain the significance of the artifacts, including well-preserved ancient tools, ceramics and funeral urns. The informative tour continues a short walk away at the Manta…
Seafood in Salango, Las Tunas and Ayampe

Delfin Mágico

In Salango, it's worth stopping in at the under-the-sea-themed Delfin Mágico, which serves outstanding seafood. Order everything from cherna and grouper to corvina, octopus, shrimp and sea bass, marinated in all man…
Italian in Montañita

Pigro

For an upscale dining experience that won't break the bank, head to Pigro for homemade creamy risottos, tasty seafood pastas, hearty lasagna and other Italian favorites (no pizzas, though), as well as good cocktails…
South American in Puerto López

Restaurant Carmita

The patio dining is a good people-watching spot at this popular Ecuadorian restaurant on the malecón. It serves well-priced fish dishes plus ceviches, mixed rice, and chicken plates. The octopus in garlic sauce has …
Museum in Salango, Las Tunas and Ayampe

Salango Archaeological Museum

A fascinating collection of more than 245 ceramics pieces is exhibited here. Objects date from between 3000 BC to 1500 AD and account the settlements of the Valdivia, Machalilla, Chorrera Engoroy, Bahia and Guangala…
Chocolate in Puerto López

Pacha Chocolates

Out on the main highway, this place is a chocolate-lover's dream, with all manner of cocoa temptations – hot chocolate, chocolate crepes, brownies and mousse, plus household soap, cocoa butter and more. Pacha offers…