Canoa sits on the longest beach in Ecuador. Although the town itself is relatively small, there is a lot more to it than just the fishing industry. It is a great place to just hang out and relax or for those interesting in surfing, is suitable for beginners and more experienced alike.
Isla de Plata
An alternative to the Galapagos Islands is the Isla de Plata. Located 40 Km from the mainland and accessible by boat, it contains a large diversity of animal species, particularly birds. As for marine life it is possible to see sea lions, dolphins and whales around the island. There are a number of trails where you can take guided walks and the waters are suitable for snorkelling.
The small town of Montañita is known as a hot spot for surfing but is also full of lively bars, restaurants and night clubs. The town has a somewhat hippie vibe and attracts those that like to party.
The port city of Guayaquil is the largest and most heavily populated city in Ecuador. It has a population of around 2.7 million and has a real tropical feel to the city. Apart from Quito, many people start their trips to the Galapagos from Guayaquil. The old neighbourhood of Las Peñas consists of winding streets with small family run restaurants and bars and the view from the top of the hill gives a spectacular panorama of the city.
TOURS & TREKS IN ECUADOR & THE GALAPAGOS