Come join Roam Adventures in this lesser-traveled part of western Ecuador where surfing is still the way it used to be. Uncrowded point breaks, warm water, predictable waves, friendly locals, great food, and cheap drink. This is a real surfer’s paradise! Ecuador’s prime surf season is from November to April during the season of northwest swells that are generated by winter storms in the North Pacific ocean. Winds during this time of year are predominantly glassy to offshore along most of the coast resulting in often good to epic conditions. During this season, Ecuador is a world-class surfing destination and one of the most consistent places to score tropical waves during the Northern hemisphere winter.
The guests will be transferred from the airport to Hacienda La Jimenita for the first and last night of the trip. Jimenita is a deluxe facility conveniently located near the international airport. While in Mompiche, guests will be hosted at Casa Surf - a custom built concrete and bamboo beach house right on the water.
Casa Surf has three large bedroom suites with balconies. Each unit has a queen bed and a single day bed. All featuring ocean views. There is also an indoor and outdoor dining area. The house is perched four meters above the sand and has beach break right in your front yard. It is exactly 12 kilometers from the main town and point, assuring privacy and quiet nights just far enough away from the noisy pop-up bars and restaurants.
Ecuador’s coast offers outstanding surfing and adventure opportunities but few luxury services. Roam Adventures, in conjunction with local surf legend Sol Funk, has built the ultimate surf house right on the beach in Mompiche. Each room has gorgeous beach views, large balcony, and ensuite facilities. The best beach break in the area is outside your door and Roam Adventures is situated one mile down the beach from Mompiche’s famous left-hand point. Mompiche is a sleepy fishing village turned surf Mecca but still offers a raw and authentic adventure in one of Ecuador’s most spectacular coastlines. Your local host, Sol, will treat participants to the best surfing, great organic and whole food meals, local seafood and a host of other experiences beyond the surf.
Roam Adventures prides themselves on running a relaxed and flexible schedule. Every trip is different depending on the group, other trips in the area, and sometimes the weather. The following is a sample of what your trip might be like.
Today, you will arrive in Quito and take a taxi to your hotel. Here, you will rendezvous with the rest of the group and get prepared for morning transfer to Mompiche via the beautiful village of Mindo.
Your driver will pick you up after breakfast and take you on a scenic drive to Mompiche. You will stop for lunch along the way and visit the town of Mindo. As you approach the coast, you will quickly adjust to the tropical climate of the tiny fishing village of Mompiche. The town is still primarily a fishing village but is slowing becoming recognized for Ecuador’s best lefthand point break. Tonight, you will have a welcome dinner and prepare for tomorrow’s surf sessions. Overnight will be at Casa Surf.
A typical day will start with tropical fruit, rich coffee, and healthy breakfast before heading to the water. Massage and yoga classes are available as well (at additional cost). Long stretches of white sand and warm waters are an added attraction to one of the world’s best places to learn surfing. In addition to miles of beach break, there are four distinct sessions at the point with the latter three being over sand. Predictable waves up to four meters are easily accessed. Beginners will revel in the opportunity to ride long waves on a gentle beach while more advanced surfers will be able to catch massive rides for up to 400 meters. Overnight will be at Casa Surf.
After a morning session in Mompiche, it’s on the road for a two-hour drive to Esmeraldas and flights back to Quito. Overnight will be at Hacienda La Jimenita.
Breakfast and transfer to the airport or onwards for your next adventure in Ecuador.
Mompiche is located just north of the equator on Ecuador's beautiful coast. The northern reach of "la ruta del sol" (route of the sun), this tiny fishing village turns surf Mecca for six months of the year. It's six hours from Quito or a 30-minute flight and 1.5-hour transfer from Esmeraldas.
As its name implies, Ecuador lies draped across the equator in the northwestern corner of South America. It shares a border with Peru to the south and east and is bounded by Colombia to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Ecuador contains within its borders an improbable variety of landscape and culture. The trip starts high up in Quito but quickly heads down to the coast. The coast, when compared to other places, is still undeveloped yet offers travelers a bounty of unique experiences.
Geographically as well as culturally, Esmeraldas Province is a unique corner of Ecuador. Here the dry Manabí coastline turns green with palm trees. Inland, the rainforests of Esmeraldas are part of the Chocó bio-geographic region, shared with neighboring Colombia. Most Esmeraldeños are Afro-Ecuadoreans whose ancestors were brought as slaves to work the cane fields. Their cultural heritage includes marimba music and dance, as well as a special cuisine which makes extensive use of coconut and plantain. You can explore small African and Amerindian villages in the north of the province, and the last remnants of the jungle by the Cayapas and Santiago rivers.
Your host, Sol Funk, is also Mompiche's most sought after restauranteur. Owner of "La Ruta" Sol makes the best fish tacos in South America. A local surf legend, Sol is understated and super chill but once you taste his tacos, you'll see that he can back up that statement. Local fruits, seafood, and meats are all part of the menu and Sol's cooking will certainly be a highlight of your experience.
Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Roam Adventures will pick you up from the airport.
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