1-602-463-9513 (United States)
(593) 96992-3526 (English)
1-305-906-5771 (Rio Chico, Office)
Nearest Bank ATM: 2.6 miles - Banco de Guayaquil (Montañita).
Nearest Shopping Mall: 37.1 miles - Paseo Shopping La Península (La Libertad).
Nearest Hospital: 37.5 miles - Santa Elena Hospital (Santa Elena).
Nearest International Airport: 105.5 miles - Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (Guayaquil).
RIO CHICO is a parish of Manglaralto in the province of Santa Elena about 106 miles northwest of Guayaquil, Ecuador. It lies just three minutes south of Montañita and offers residents and tourists peace and tranquility with its beautiful flora, fauna and warm breeze. The main activity of the inhabitants is fishing; visitors participate in photographic excursions, surfing, boat rides, beach lounging, nightlife, visiting the dry forest or going further inland towards the jungle. The beach has umbrellas and restaurants with bars for those who wish to spend their day on the beach sunbathing or swimming in the ocean. The natives carefully use recycled paper for making bags, notebooks, cards and the like, showing a great interest and regard for the ecology and preservation of the natural environment.
MONTAÑITA is a small coastal town with a population of around one thousand. Translated as "Little Hill", it became famous very slowly, decades ago, as a place for surfing, with only a few rustic fishermen households. It is now a popular destination for surfers and tourists from around the world and is considered one of the best beaches on Ecuador's southern coast.
Montañita's climate is consistent with that of a tropical coastal city. Its average temperature is 82 degrees (F) and undergoes a rainy season December to May; however, rainfall is low and typically occurs in the evening. Ocean water temperatures range from 56 to 68 degrees (F).
Montañita's economy is based upon tourism, mainly with respect to food service, surfing, craft sales and lately, new residential housing in both single family homes and beachfront condominiums. High season for tourism peaks in January and hits its low in June. Each February CARNIVAL is held. Surfing in Montañita offers strong, consistent waves with good tubes. Each February during CARNIVAL, Montañita hosts an international surfing competition. The main means of transportation are bicycles, pedicabs and the occasional motor vehicle, although the streets are mainly pedestrian. The streets of Montañita are filled with bars, cafés and restaurants that cater to all the tastes of both tourists and residents alike. During the peak season, there are many electronic/house music festivals on the beach. The town is separated into four main sections: the beach, the point, Trigillo neighborhood and the center of town. Montañita is considered one of the most liberal and laid back areas of Ecuador, with attitudes becoming more conservative as one heads east and inland.
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ECUADOR, which literally translates to "Equator", is a democratic republic bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The official language is Spanish. Ecuador's capital is Quito, and its largest city is Guayaquil. Ecuador also includes the Galápagos Islands, made famous by the scientific work of Charles Darwin in formulating his theory of evolution of species.
Ecuador straddles the Equator, thus its given name, and is split down its center by the Andes mountain range which runs the length of the South American Continent, caused from uplift created by the collision of the Pacific and South American tectonic plates. Ecuador is home to the highest place on Earth when measured from the planet's center, Chimborazo volcano. Contrary to popular belief, Mt. Everest is not the highest point on Earth, as the planet is not actually perfectly spherical, but ovoid ("wider" at the Equator than at higher latitudes), and heights are measured from sea level, which is not constant due to the centrifugal force of the Earth's rotation.
Ecuador's currency is actually the United States Dollar, and is currently very strong, affording significantly larger spending power than in the U.S. This makes Ecuador very attractive to U.S. tourists and buyers, as it eliminates conversion expenses and gives more value per dollar. As an example, a gallon of gasoline costs just around $1.00, showing that the U.S. dollar in Ecuador represents roughly three times the purchase power than in the States.