If there’s one place in Ecuador that’s set firmly on the backpacker trail, it has to be the beach town of Montañita. This place seemingly has it all – decent choice of restaurants, plenty of places to stay, loads of crazy bars, cheap booze and a sprawling beach that’s very surf friendly. You can even settle in and learn Spanish here.
First things first, though, if you’re planning on visiting. Do not, and I mean DO NOT forget to pack some strong insect repellant. Not so much for the mosquitoes, but for those tiny little biting insects that will ravage your feet and ankles as soon as the sun sets.