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Ayampe is located 190 miles southwest of Quito, the nation's capital city.
Are you looking for a bit of salty ocean air? Two wonderful places to get your fill are Puerto Cayo Beach, 25 miles to the north, and Montanita Point, 10 miles to the south.
To experience everything the region can offer, check out Ayampe Beach.
If you travel 7 miles to the north of Ayampe you will arrive at Salango. A trip here gives you the opportunity to experience Machalilla National Park Museum and Puerto Lopez Beach. Agua Blanca and Los Frailes Beach are some additional sights. These are 13 miles away from Ayampe, in Machalilla National Park.
Travel 50 miles north from Ayampe to get to Manta. There's plenty to do there, such as Manabí Fisherman Statue, Central Bank Museum and Manta Harbor. If you have time for more, some other great places are Manta Port and Museo del Banco Central.
The region has some health-conscious activities for those who would like to get outside and explore the natural world. Try your hand at mountain climbing or hiking.
Bird watching in this region is an easy way to unwind while having fun. Wildlife watching is also popular among travelers looking to relax.
After you've been paragliding up with the birds in Manabi, who can predict what adventures you'll be next to try?
Enjoy a break from seeing the sights and spend some time swimming and canoeing.
If the weather isn't looking too good, spend some time in the region's history museums and craft workshops.
Pack your sunglasses and make your way over to one of the various outdoor activities in Manabi. Its open-air exhibits are waiting to be explored.
Relive the region's past when you see its time-weathered ruins and archeological sites.
Trying traditional food is one of the best ways of getting to know a destination. So be sure to visit some of the region's bars, cafés and restaurants.
Begin your gastronomic adventure by trying out the wide variety of locally sourced ingredients, such as coconut and rice.
Some staple dishes worth sampling are llapingachos (cheese and potato patties) and encocados (fish cooked in coconut milk).
Excite your sweet tooth with some come y bebe (drinkable fruit salad), an enticing dessert.
Satisfy your thirst with a round of bubbly beer. Club Premium Roja is up there with the best.
If you're not much of a drinker, coffee is a good choice.
For the perfect nightcap, have a few sips of Ron San Miguel, a beloved spirit.
Memorizing a few common Spanish phrases can be the difference between merely scratching the surface and a dip into the essence of a place's culture. ¿Cuánto cuesta? translates to how much is this? in Spanish. ¡Hola! (hello) is good to practice as well.
If you're here on the 10th of August, you better be ready to let your hair down. Every year on this day, the whole nation comes together and celebrates Independence Day.
You've had a ball, met new friends and probably filled up your camera's memory card. When the time comes to get rid of your final U.S. dollars and bid "Adiós" to Manabi, chances are you'll already be planning a return trip!
To catch your flight home, make your way to the nearest airport, 70 miles to the southeast.
Booking the best place to stay is a key first step of any vacation. Hotel and accommodation options in Ayampe itself can be a little limited, so check out Expedia's easy-to-use Ayampe lodging guide now for the best deals.
Situated near the beach, this lodge is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Ayampe Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Puerto Lopez Beach and Machalilla National Park Museum. Los Frailes Beach is 19.4 mi (31.2 km) away.
Situated near the beach in Ayampe, this apartment is close to Ayampe Beach. Regional attractions also include Olon Beach and Machalilla National Park Museum.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Manglaralto hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Montanita Point and Montanita Church. Olon Beach is 5.7 mi (9.1 km) away.
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Montanita Church and Montanita Point. Ayampe Beach and Punta Blanca Beach are also within 32 miles (52 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Manglaralto hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Montanita Church and Montanita Point. Olon Beach is 6.3 mi (10.2 km) away.
Situated by the ocean, this hostal is within a 15-minute walk of Montanita Church and Montanita Point. Ayampe Beach and Punta Blanca Beach are also within 32 miles (52 km).
Situated in Puerto Lopez, this lodge is close to Machalilla National Park Museum and Puerto Lopez Beach. Area attractions also include Los Frailes Beach.
Situated on the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Montanita Church and Montanita Point. Ayampe Beach and Punta Blanca Beach are also within 32 miles (52 km).