Here comes a tip where you can spend the night - pretty sure you'll stay longer - at a fantastic place. Hosteria Islamar, at the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. This beautiful place offers a lot for travellers, you can pitch a tent, vehicle camp like I do or rent a cabaña (bungalow) :
Beautiful leveld platforms...
...with a breeze and a view...
The amazing place on a large terrain above the sea across the island of Salango was designed, developed and is owned by the Swiss Christian and his wife Ana and managed by the colombian-ecuadorian couple Patricia & Carlos.
There are several leveled walk-in only spots on the large property that are specifically designed for those pitching a tent. Most of the spots have a simple but very functional campfire/barbeque place, bring your own grill and wood or carbon.
Ready to pitch your tent here and...
...grill your dinner here?
Look at the moon while showering.
The shower for the campers is simple but effective.
Cold water only, but you won't miss hot water, most of the time
the temperatures are warm.
There is a cool restaurant/bar with views over the island and the Pacific, where you can get a beer or eat breakfast, lunch or dinner.
A "sendero" down the hill will bring you to the beach in about 5 minutes.
Down there is a private gate just for the guests of Hosteria Islamar. Ask for the key at the restaurant and you can get in and out as you please. From here it is also a short walk to the village of Salango.
There is a building specifically for the campers. It offers benches, a table, electricity, free WiFi and...
...hammocks with a view to the island.
WiFi is also available at the restaurant.
Feel like one of the Pelikans flying through the sky and walk to the Mirador (view point) that offers views to both beaches and to the Island of Salango. Right now unfortunately it is not season but from June to September you can spot Wales from right up here, they are cruising through the waters between the island and the mainland.
I do not know if it every changes but most of the days you will have the beach pretty much to yourselfs.
Beautiful plants and trees can be checked out all over the huge terrain.
Are you a birder? There are many type of birds including colibris that you can observe and hear there song. From some of the Camping spots and especially from the view point you can observe birds flying from above them and look down on them.
There is a playground for the kids at the restaurant, there is a little climbing garden on the way down to the beach. There are many other activities. Patricia will be happy to help you set up a trip to "the poor man's Galapagos" Isla de la Plata or to the Island of Salango. Fishing, snorkling and diving trips can all be arranged.
One of the walk-in tent Camping spots.
Beautiful plants and beautiful views all over.
Check out the Hosteria Islamar website for further information: http://www.hosteria-islamar.com.ec/en/default.htm
For reservations contact Patricia by e-mail or phone:
Tel: 052 347 057
Cell: 098 772 5246 or 099 851 9261 or 099 385 7580
How to get there:
Check out the section on the islamar web page, click HERE.
Or use your GPS: S01°35.957' W080°51.141'
Here is what other travellers say about Islamar:
I am sure you'll like it as much as I do.