Even though word is quickly spreading about this lovely beach and surfing spot, Mompiche still remains a quiet fishing village set back from an extensive 3km long beach, lined with palm trees, with few tourists. The sand and sea may not be Carribean white and turquoise but the beach is pristine and scattered with small fishing canoes with a magically relaxed and safe atmosphere.
Olmedo seems to be a long way from the normal tourist route in Ecuador but is a very accessible and welcoming village of sandy streets, raised planked wonky walkways and stilted wooden huts. It also is a perfect place to visit the local mangroves which, like so many areas of natural beauty and importance, are being sacrificed for large scale industry, in this case shrimp farms. By visiting this area you can become part of the solution.
Pastocalle is worth a visit for the stunning location of the town.
The little town is tucked away between some of the highest peaks of the country. Pastocalle can be found close to the national Park ' Los Illinizas', know for its biodiversity and as a great hiking area at all levels.
At this moment there are not a lot of facilities offered in the small indigenous community, but it is certainly a great place to do a hike for a day or two. There are several local guides willing to take you around the area and offer you an amazing tour of the mountainous area.
Pimampiro is situated in the Chota Valley north of Quito. The warm and dusty Chota Valley is know in Ecuador for its interesting Afro Ecuadorean culture and traditions.
The ancestors of its current habitants were originally brought in to Ecuador in the 17th century to work as slaves on the fields in Ecuador. The Rio Chota Valley is rarely visited by travellers, even though it is one of the culturally most interesting areas of Ecuador.
The petite town of Quilotoa at first look appears barren with small clusters of hostels operated by ambitious Ecuadorians, but as one mounts the trail just beyond the avenue of hostels a spectacular expansive emerald lake obliterates any doubts of the quaint village’s beauty. Patches of anamorphic shapes glide across the water, originating from the bulbous billowy clouds above. Laguna Quilotoa is not a ghost town but a community whose economy centers on the bounty activities stemming from the lake. Quilotoa is the highlight destination of the Cotopaxi circuit/loop named after it. The loop begins in Latacunga and travels through the market town of Zumbahua to Quilotoa, and through Sigchos.
Rio Cayapas (also Rio Santiago) gives you access to another relatively unexplored corner of Ecuador, rich in nature and the different cultures of the Afro-Ecuadorians and indigenous Chachi Indians. The suggested trip below gives information on Borbon and Santa Maria, 3 hours up river, but there is a wealth of hidden spots in this area. The communities live off logging, agriculture and fishing here.
Salinas is the fairtrade capital of Ecuador. The small community, just north of Guaranda, has been working on responsible tourism and various other fairtrade products for over 30 years.
Several universities, national and international have visited the little town to learn from its succes and be a part of the great experience that the people of Salinas offer their visitors.
The beautiful location of the community makes Salinas an ideal place to visit for all sorts of visitors. Whether you are interested in fairtrade, hiking, adventure sports or culture, Salinas has something in store for you.