Located on the west coast of Latin America at the equator line, Ecuador enjoys extremely varied landscapes, between the Pacific coast, the Andes mountains, the Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos Islands.
With 650 kilometers of coastline, Ecuador is a surfing destination of choice. There are many spots throughout the "Ruta del Sol". The beaches are beautiful and it is possible to surf almost everywhere. The surf season runs from November to April, with the arrival of swells from the north and waves breaking on most spots. The conditions are perfect especially in the morning with no wind and glassy waves.
There are many surfcamps in Ecuador. We have selected for you the best of them to live an unforgettable experience during your next vacation in Ecuador!Discover the surf camps in Ecuador
If there are multiple surfable waves along the coast, three spots stand out and are ideal destinations for wave lovers. To the north, the spot of Mompiche, a point break on the left which begins on a tubular section and unrolls on reef. This big hollow wave is very famous but reserved for experts! A little further south, the spot of San Lorenzo. This three-kilometer beach is home to international surf competitions every year. There are the biggest waves in the province of Manabi.
Finally, near Portoviejo, beginners and intermediate levels will find their happiness in Montañita. Small typical seaside resort, many surf camps settled there in a bohemian and festive atmosphere. It is the ideal surf trip destination for those who want to indulge in their sport passion, meet people and relax. Attention, the spot is sometimes overpopulated. Feel free to take the car to get away a bit, there are about 20 spots within a 3-hour drive. Among them, Ayangue is perfect for Stand-Up Paddle lovers, Puerto Cayo for bodyboarders and La Entrada for beginners, or longboard and fish lovers, with its long waves.
If the return ticket to Ecuador is expensive, life on site is very accessible to small budgets. Prices are generally half as expensive as in France, whether transport, accommodation or meals. The trips are by bus on the Panamerican, the mountain roads or along the "Ruta del sol". Try to travel light, buses are often crowded. That said, the schedules are respected and the journeys rather safe. In terms of accommodation, there are many hotels and hostels all over the country and especially in tourist cities like Quito, Baños, Quenca or Guayaquil. The surf camps of Montañita also offer very interesting formulas where everything is included. For meals, choose covered markets that offer excellent typical food and at unbeatable prices! In Ecuador, the specialty is ceviche, fish or crustaceans cooked and marinated in lemon.
Between the Pacific coast, the volcano road, the capital Quito and the Amazon rainforest, it would be a shame to limit yourself to surfing during a stay in Ecuador! Among the unmissable, Quilotoa lagoon, this beautiful lake nestled in the heart of the crater of the volcano of the same name which is accessed by a short hike. Further south, the Cotopaxi volcano offers trekking enthusiasts the opportunity to climb one of the only snow-capped equatorial peaks. On the way to Cuenca, stop in Baños for a spectacular ride by car or bike through the waterfalls and the rainforest. In Cuenca, admire the beautiful buildings from the colonial era and discover the beautiful El Cajas National Park which is home to more than 275 Andean lakes.
To the east of the volcano road, go on an adventure in the Amazon rainforest to meet more than 1000 species of birds and indigenous peoples. For more interactions with animal species that are not found elsewhere, head to the Galapagos Islands, also called "enchanted islands". Sea lions, coral sharks or giant tortoises will make you happy, not to mention the breathtaking sunsets. Finally, do not miss Quito, the capital, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO for its downtown with almost intact colonial remains, between palaces and churches. Beware, however, there is no one in the streets after dark because of high crime. As a tourist, you are a target of choice so if you must go out, take a taxi and be cautious.