This place is fantastic. We stayed in a four bedroom dorm and arrived after a 12 hour (3 bus) journey. We arrived at 17.30 and walked straight to the beach (50m) for an unforgettable sunset. Rodrigo helped us book our tour for the Isla De La Plata the next day. The tour starts in town which is 15 min drive away but you're collected and returned at the hostel free of charge. We felt very at home here at the hostel. Relaxed with a couple of beers and Rodrigo introduced us to the most amazing mangoes we've ever eaten so he said he will get some for us while we were at the island.
After returning from the Island (which was OK) there was a huge BBQ organised which was unreal. The next morning, I got up at six and went to the awesome viewing deck of the beach and went birding for a couple of hours. (34 birds). Lovely morning watching the Blue footed boobies diving for breakfast. Our breakfast was included and was lovely also. Unfortunately we had an appointment in Guayaquil so we had to leave or we would have definitely stayed another few days. Rodrigo even took us to the next town to get the fancy quick bus to guayaquil.
The hostel has excellent wifi, a fantastic friendly dog, beautiful pool and outdoor area, well supplied kitchen, small gym, good birding and a range of tours. Rodrigo is also a conservationist and has bought a large area of rain forest close to the hostel to protect it.
I always think the people make the place and this is definitely the case here. Book it, you won't regret it! (The place is awesome also!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are 24 minutes north of Montañita, 3 minutes north of Ayampe and 13 minutes south of Puerto Lopez on the beach. Our Hostel are located right in front of the beach with panoramic sea views and direct access to the beach close to Las Tunas. We are between the tropical forest and the ocean, beside Machalilla National Park. This is a perfect starting point for many outdoors activities and adventures. This is a great Surf spot for beginners and advanced surfers with 2 waves: Viejamar and Las Tunas. If you want to learn, we offer Surf lessons for beginners in a friendly and quiet environment. You can cook and share a dinner, organize a barbecue, chill in the pool or drink a cold beer on our high level terrace enjoying a magical sunset. To keep the balance after an adventure, surf or quiet beach day, join us for a "Party Trip" to Montañita or a local party in one of our neighbor towns! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Viejamar Hostel Ecuador/Las Tunas