We took a two week trip to the southern coast of Ecuador to see what we could see. We had our friend drive us to Montanita on Sunday, Sept. 12th. We left at 6am and arrived at our hotel (Swiss Point) around 2pm. Driving through the Cajas Mountains just west of Cuenca took two hours and the scenery was beautiful and we were blessed with sunshine which is rare at 12,000 feet.
Here are pictures of the hotel we stayed at. It was managed by a young couple (Patrick and Isabel) and their two-year-old son (Patrick Jr.). The husband is from Switzerland and the wife is from Ecuador. We choose this hotel to stay at because it is off the main path and away from the party scene. (Yeah I know, we're old fogies!) They served an excellent Swiss-style breakfast each morning in the upstairs restaurant enclosed with windows all around.
We stayed at the Swiss Point for three nights. During the day, we walked around the small town and walked on the beach. This is a surfing town and even though this was the low season, it was packed with young people just hanging out. These are pictures of the different styles of restaurants and hotels in the main downtain area of Montanita.
There were also the surfers.
We enjoyed walking to the beach and walking on the beach even though the sun never did appear. We walked in a light mist most of the time but even that didn't detract from the beauty of the ocean.
Mike made a special friend on the beach.
Because it was so damp and humid we cut our time short at Montanita and on Wednesday, Sept. 15th we headed south to Salinas. (Part 2 forthcoming)