10 Things to Do in Ayampe That You Shouldn't Miss

November 18, 2017 Randal Brittian

Discover the best top things to do in Ayampe, Ecuador including Playa de los Frailes, Otra Ola, Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, Playa Montanita, Playa Montanita, Mauli Spa, Outdoor Ecuador Spanish & Surf, Playa de Olon, Go Montanita S.A., Agua Blanca.
Restaurants in Ayampe

1. Playa de los Frailes

Parque Nacional Machalilla, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador +593 2-336-0887
Excellent
79%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 506 reviews

Playa de los Frailes

Reviewed By Gabi A

Review # 3
The Puerto López canton is located in the Ecuador, extreme south-west of the province of Manabí. Part of its territory is protected area of Machalilla National Park.
It has an important inventory and tourist attractions, ecological and cultural. It has several services such as: travel agencies, tourism companies, naturalist guides, hotels, restaurants, offering facilities and amenities for all types of visitors. They want to know and share the excitement of the adventure and the discovery of this magical land. The economic and productive activities of the population are: agriculture, livestock and fishing mainly.

2. Otra Ola

Baja Manabi, Ayampe, Ecuador
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
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4.5 based on 98 reviews

Otra Ola

Otra Ola is a casual, relaxed school for travelers interested in getting closer to the authentic way of life in Ecuador. We offer the opportunity to learn Spanish, practice Yoga and surf in an idyllic setting that both enjoys and respects the vast ocean and the lush environment here in the southern coastal area of Ecuador.Otra Ola not only offers Spanish, Surf and Yoga, we now have an Organic Café. All of our food is made with fresh locally grown produce. Ecuador is known not only internationally for its irresistible roasted coffee beans but also for its cocoa. All of our chocolate delights are made with this mouth watering treat. We serve only the best Organic Coffee to our clients. If you are in the mood for a Chai, Latte, Expresso, iced Coffee, Tea whatever you need to fill your caffeine fix you can find it here. We also serve fresh Hummus made daily. Our menu may be small but it is always changing; don't hesitate to stop by everyday and see what we are creating. At Otra Ola we believe you are what you eat!!

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

My partner and I visited Ayampe in late October. Being the off season, we did not know what to expect as Ayampe is a tiny town off the coast of Ecuador with limited resources. We were pleasantly surprised when we stumbled across Oltra Ola. Not only were the staff and owners genuine, friendly and helpful but they offered us everything we could need to stay occupied for our 5 day stay. The owners of Oltra Ola are Canadians who have lived in Ayampe for 10 years now and started a family there. They are welcoming, warm and involved in their business and community.
Every morning at 9AM they have a yoga class that runs for 1.5 hours and is $10/class or 5 for $45. The classes are either run by a volunteer or by Vanessa, one of the owners. We had our classes taught to us by Lucille, a European volunteer and absolutely LOVED them. Next we would do surf lessons taught by Mike (I believe there are many surf instructors) and were delighted by his patience, kindness and expertise. Surf lessons were $50 for 2 days including rash guard and board rental, after the two days you are able to rent a board on your own. After surf lessons we would head back to Oltra Ola for Spanish lessons for 2 hours. These are taught by Ecuadorean locals who are professional, patient and thorough. Oltra Ola serves coffee, tea and snacks but does not serve full meals as to not take business away from the local restaurants. I suggest to try the Chai Tea Latte and the granola bar, all homemade and delicious and lounge in one of the many hammocks set up around the perimeter of the cafe.
After travelling around Ecuador for one month this has been the most legitimate and enjoyable South American experience yet. If you miss out of Ayampe and Oltra Ola, you are missing out on a lot.

3. Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar

Ruta del Sol, Olon, Ecuador
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar

Reviewed By global3adventure - Quito, Ecuador

Just off the Ruta Del Sol between Montanita and Olon perched on a hilltop rock, with cliffside bluffs is this open sanctuary with spectacular views, fresh breezes, and tranquility. An excellent stop for reflection and worship.

4. Playa Montanita

Ruta del sol, a 1 hora de Libertad-Salinas | 180km Guayaquil y a 4 km al norte de Manglaralto, Santa Elena 241702, Ecuador
Excellent
42%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
5%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 334 reviews

Playa Montanita

Reviewed By Tanis E - Quito, Ecuador

Despite it's long-time reputation for being a hot Surfing and party location on Ecuador's coast, Montanita offers something for the whole family. For years, our children have enjoyed having their hair braided and getting their temporary tattoos, we have discovered numerous souvenirs and unique gifts among the street vendors, and all our family members loved eating the Thai Fusion Food at El Tiburon Restaurant! My husband and I have enjoyed having a cocktail with an ocean view while watching the surfers. We have always felt safe and welcomed and go back year after year! Include Montanita in your visit to the Southern Coast of Ecuador.

5. Playa Montanita

Excellent
50%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 90 reviews

Playa Montanita

Reviewed By Arloredrock - Sedona, Arizona

We came from the US and stayed with Some friends in the next city over named Olon (which you must check out if your in Montinita) we took a $1.50 can ride to Montinita-
This eclectic ocean town has the vibe of gnarly hippies & young travelers from around South America & the world-dominated by street crafts, restaurants & surfers enjoying perfect weather on the beach by day turning into a huge party at nite til 3am! It's not x-rated but certainly more appropriate for adults-watch your belongings & shop wisely as everything is negotiable - a fun place to spend day & nite -
**travel advisory**
As a senior contributor I believe it's my responsibility to give this advisory! Although Ecuador is a naturally beautiful country it is a 3rd world developing country- poverty is pervasive and cleanliness not close to standards that you may expect in developed
Countries - you must plan accordingly in all regards

6. Mauli Spa

Km. 86 Ruta Del Spondylus | 2 Houses After Police Station, Ayampe 131401, Ecuador +593 99 486 3985
Excellent
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5 based on 13 reviews

Mauli Spa

Reviewed By AHeggaton - Brisbane, Australia

Andrea is hands down the best masseuse and healer I have ever received a treatment from.
She offers a totally personalized approach to your treatment by spending plenty of time understanding how you're feeling and what you wish to gain from her therapy.
She is highly skilled in many therapies and is a total asset to the divine little town of Ayampe.
She made me feel comfortable and at home from the first second I met her and am now stoked to call her a dear friend.
Do yourself a favor and get a massage/treatment with Andrea - everyone can benefit from her magic.

7. Outdoor Ecuador Spanish & Surf

Calle Othamar Stalin y Misericordia, Olon 240111, Ecuador +593 95 940 0161
Excellent
98%
Good
2%
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5 based on 36 reviews

Outdoor Ecuador Spanish & Surf

Our location, culture, and programs are all designed to maximize your opportunity to learn the language, meet people from around the world, create lifelong memories, and capitalize on your overall experience here in Ecuador.

Reviewed By Louise D - Montreal, Canada

My husband and I spent 5 weeks learning Spanish at Outdoor Ecuador and we had a wonderful experience! First of all we were looking for a good school in a relax atmosphere and that's exactly what we found at Outdoor Ecuador Spanish school!
Ivonne and Luis are professionnal and easygoing! Thus they could adjust to our different levels of Spanish. Consequently we highly recommend their school and would gladly return in the future.
Thank you again Ivonne, Luis and Carolina!
Louise and André from Canada

8. Playa de Olon

Santa Elena, Ecuador
Excellent
57%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 79 reviews

Playa de Olon

Reviewed By Richard L

Playa Olon, one of the main tourist places to enjoy the sun, sea and sand, in this paradisiacal place where you can enjoy beautiful sunsets, in addition to a varied gastronomy, typical dishes where the seafood is exquisite.
It has large infrastructure at the service of tourists. It has a food court, green areas, walkways, sanitary batteries with showers and dressing rooms, plus a large parking area for private vehicles and buses.
I recommend you to visit this tourist place with beautiful landscapes that you can enjoy with family, friends and spend a spectacular afternoon the drawback is that this is a little far and you need to have your own car to move, anyway it’s an excellent place.

9. Go Montanita S.A.

Segundo Rosales and Vicente Rocafuerte | Calle de Transporte, Montanita, Ecuador
Excellent
78%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 115 reviews

Go Montanita S.A.

GoMontanita brings all the action for your travels in and around Montanita. We take you too top destinations Like Cusco and Galapagos. our Offices we do Daily Aquatic and Nature tours that involve Snorkeling, Scuba Diving and Kayaking, trekking, biking, horse backriding, bird watching,Dos Mangas Waterfall, and In the June through August you can come out with us on boat to whale watch. We also do Package tours too Cusco(Machu Picchu)and Galapagos Islands, so contact us about all and any info about these 2 top destinations.Besides tours we also rent Bikes, Surf boards, boogie boards, fins, goggles, boats, life vests. If you need lodging and transportation we book and reserve air and bus for individuals, couples, and groups. finally if you are not an experienced swimmer or surfer, Montanita is a great place to learn, and GoMontanita has excellent multi-lingual teachers for a daily class, school, or road trips we specially design to catch the current break.

Reviewed By Sarah K - Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Booked onto Go Montanita's whale watching tour (inc. lunch & snorkelling) through Kiwi Hostel. Unfortunately we were used as Guinea pigs for a "new tour" they were offering out of Ayange Beach instead of the usual Puerto Lopez. It was an absolute disaster.
Seven of us were picked up in Montanita and driven by taxi to the starting point of the tour. When we arrived at the dive shop it was as if no one was expecting us - none of the snorkelling kit was ready and it took forever for them to dig out flippers & life vests and start fitting us. The snorkel masks we were given were in terrible condition and covered in mould, they clearly hadn't been cleaned (possibly ever). The mouthpieces were so disgusting there was no way we could use them. A few of us complained and asked for new masks and we were shrugged at, then ignored as they loaded the dirty masks onto the boat anyway so we would have no choice but to use them.
Finally, at around midday, our 10.30am tour was ready to begin. The two men who were apparently taking us out didn't even speak to us or introduce themselves, just pointed at us all to wade out into the sea knee deep and jump onto the boat. I started to feel a bit nervous at this point as the boat was WAY smaller than I had expected to be going to far out into the Pacific. It was also beginning to be apparent this this was in no way a professional organisation. But against better judgement, we headed off, out of the bay and into the ocean. The second we reached open water another boat started speeding towards us - it was the Coast Guard. One officer jumped aboard and there was a lot of arguing & taking in Spanish that we didn't fully understand. After 10 mins or so we realised what was going on - the guys didn't have a licence for the boat, so the Coast Guard had us turn around and head back to shore.
By this point we were done with the complete lack of professionalism or safety that the company had displayed, so four of us refused to go back out. The staff at the dive shop didn't even seem to care and there was no apology for the Coast Guard situation at all. No effort to reassure us that it was safe or licensed / legal either.
When we returned to our hostel the owner phoned Go Montana for us straight away to relay our story. We were given an apology, an explanation that this was the first time they had used that particular company, and our money back (obviously). They also offered to take all four of us out the following day for free on another (safer) whale watching tour, from Puerto Lopez, as further compensation for our time. I thought this was an amazing way to apologise and happily took them up on the offer...only to be told at 10pm later that night that they couldn't do it anymore. Apparently it was an empty offer that they hoped we wouldn't actually agree to. We left Montanita really disappointed in this company and without seeing any whales.

10. Agua Blanca

Machalilla National Park, Ecuador +593 99 443 4864
Excellent
45%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 134 reviews

Agua Blanca

Reviewed By a g - Saint Louis, Missouri

We stopped here on a whim simply because we saw the sign and thought it looked interesting. We were totally surprised at the small village kommune type atmosphere. They had a really Charming little Museum and we walked through their fruit planted Groves to a sulfur Lake where you could swim in the Sulphur Lake and do mud baths. We passed on that as we had no other clothes to change into. But totally enjoyed the escorted tour through their whole area. Though the tour guy spoke no English he was extremely entertaining and informative. Would definitely recommend this to anyone. We really enjoyed it. Also got some beautiful pictures.

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