Are you traveling the roads of Ecuador and starting to miss the incomparable scent of the ocean, the infinite breeze, and the feeling of wax underneath your feet. It seems like it’s time for you to cut to the Ecuadorian coast make your way to Mompiche, especially if you are a surfer. Come to this truly unique place where you can stumble from the rainforest straight into the ocean only to find a beautiful left-hander!
Maracumbo Camping & Cabins facilities are located on a more than 1,500 square meters land site and have everything you might need during your stay. This property has a dormitory with five beds, cabin for two people, and platforms underneath a wooden rooftop where you can set up your tent elevated from the ground. There is a huge well-equipped communal kitchen to share with the other clients for preparing and storing food from 7.30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Bonfire and barbecue area are available as well.
The dormitory is a 5-bed room with a locker for each bed (110 centimeters wide), mosquito net, and a space to store your belongings. Bathroom and a communal kitchen are shared.
The cabin is designed for two people. It is equipped with a fan, locker, small table, mosquito net, and a 2-person bed. The construction is made of wood and bamboo.
Maracumbo Camping & Cabins has platforms underneath a wooden rooftop where you can set up your tent elevated from the ground. Every platform has outlets to charge electronic devices.
On the first two days of the surf camp, you will have two lessons a day, each of which takes 90 minutes. From the third day, there will be one lesson a day. The boards will be included for five days for 24 hours.
This surf camp also includes one exciting jungle tour.
Getting to Mompiche in Ecuador can be a bit of a hassle and quite adventures since it is located in a bit off the beaten track with only one road leads to Mompiche, but once you get here, you will realize that it’s an adventure worth taking.
This fishing village has not yet lost its tranquil charm and authentic atmosphere. Mompiche is not one of the heavily frequented destinations on the Ecuadorian coast and, even though more tourists are visiting, it’s still a bit of an insiders' tip, a little secret passed on by fellow travelers.
One of the best things about the wave in Mompiche is that it’s one of the waves for all levels. It is surfable for beginners and challenging for pros. Besides, there are a few beach breaks in and around Mompiche, such as La Bocana in town, the challenging Playa Negra which takes a 20-minute walk from Mompiche, and Portete, an island located in a 45-minute walk away (there is also transport).
6 breakfast will be served during this surf camp. Besides the homemade Maracumbo chutneys, chilly sauces and bread, there is plenty tasty food and snacks around. A variety of restaurants offer different kinds of seafood (ceviche), Italian food (pizza), local dishes, as well as South American street food (greasy empanadas). Coffee shops offering delicious pastries and La Chocolata are many travelers' favorite place to hang out enjoying a (vegan) cake and some cheese. At the local tiendas and weekly visiting food trucks, you get fresh fruits and vegetables as well as basic foods like rice, lenses, and quinoa.
If you take the bus, Mompiche is its final destination. Some busses drop you off at the main road, so best to make sure the bus is heading to Mompiche town. If you are on the bus, it’s more convenient to ask the driver to drop you off right before you enter Mompiche since Maracumbo Camping & Cabins is located right before the little village. It is on the main road entering Mompiche, walking away from the town on the left-hand side. However, it is better for you to plan ahead since there is very little public transportation to Mompiche after 6 p.m.
You have to take two rides to reach Mompiche. First, take a bus from Esmeraldas, which is approximately six to seven hours with a cost of around 10 USD. Then, take a second bus from Esmeraldas to Mompiche, which is approximately two and a half to three hours with a cost of around 4 USD. There are two bus terminals in Quito. Make sure you get into the right one.
If you take a bus from Montanita, there are a couple of bus rides you need to take. First, take a bus from Montañita to Puerto Lopez for one hour and fifteen minutes. Then, continue to take a bus to Puerto Viejo which takes two hours' drive. From Puerto Viejo, take another bus to Pedernales for five hours and continue to another bus to Chamanga for one hour. From Chamanga, take another bus to the entrance of Mompiche which takes you for 30 minutes. From there, grab a taxi which costs for 1 USD per person for 10 minutes' drive.
From Canoa, take a bus to Pedernales which takes you for a two-hour drive. Then, continue to take a bus to Chamanga for one hour. Then, you need to take another bus going to the entrance of Mompiche for 30 minutes. From the entrance, you can grab a taxi which costs for 1 USD per person for 10 minutes' drive.