Beaches of Ecuador, Atacames

I loved all of Ecuador but my absolute favorite part of it was going to the beach.

Ash and I are the world’s most terrible planners. Sooooo, we let plane tickets go up by $40 bucks and THEN we decided to purchase them. We’re  both so indecisive. Basically we’re Emily’s worst nightmare to travel with. But we love her SO MUCH, WHY WON’T SHE TRAVEL WITH US? Just kidding :)

In the end, we ended up visiting Atacames. Montanita is known as “La Playa del Sexo” or “The Beach of Sex” but neither of us were particularly sex deprived and it was farther away so we chose to fly to the Esmeraldas Airport and then take a cab from there to Atacames.

We got there and were INSTANTLY in love. The town is beyond adorable. Our decision to spend exorbitant amounts of money to get there for only two days was validated.

I wouldn’t say that the beaches were particularly spectacular… buuuuuut the vibe of the town made up for it.

Our taxi drove around the town FOREVER looking for our hostel and while we were a teeny bit annoyed that we couldn’t find our place of lodging, mostly we were just enjoying the tour of the town and how freaking cute it was.

We walked into this very cool little market type place. I wanted to by cheap jewelry. Ash wanted to get herself some piercings.

She found a nose ring that she liked. And then remembered that her nose wasn’t pierced any more.

Then decided, “hey, that’s no problem,” and with the help of a small 12 year old girl working child labor hours, proceeded to re-pierce her nose.

Aaaaand it’s in. OH!!!!! That’s WHAT SHE SAID.

After getting pierced, we walked around town for a bit to purchase flip flops and towels. And then went out to the bars with thatched roofs that you see in the background. Amazing.

I think these are quite honestly some of my favorite travel pictures I’ve ever taken.

The people in this town were very photogenic. Not in the sense that they were oh-so-pretty. But in the sense that they didn’t care at all who was taking their picture. They didn’t even seem to notice.

Before going out for some drinky dranks, first we hit up the local markets. Grilled plaintains = SO SO GOOD

Lots of locals eating plaintains and chicken and other such delicacies. We were just hanging out. They didn’t even react to my camera. Love that.

No taxis, no problems. These were the little modes of transportation going on in Atacames.

The nightlife. The bars with swings. People dancing in open air buildings on the beach. Palm trees. Drinks made with coconut juice.

Nothing could’ve made me happier at this point in time.

The next day we woke up chipper like chipmunks and set off to the explore the town. It’s tiny, so pretty much everything was within walking distance. We had a delicious breakfast consisting of plantains, hot sauce and I can’t even remember what else, except that none of it was particularly breakfast-y.

The town was adorable!

Plantains everywhere. Love it.

Random carnival on the street. What’s not to like?

I’ve never enjoyed photographing anywhere so much.

Love everything about this town.

We spent the next day on the beach. Even though it wasn’t particularly sunny I still got burnt and freckly. That’s what I do. The end.


  1. Mary says:

    You take rocking travel photos- plus you’ve made me want to go to Ecuador AND go travelling with friends as soon as I can. Drat 😉 (although am also glad I’m not the only travel ditherer around! I have pretty much only ended up working overseas as I dithered so much on my travels I ran out of money and had to get a job. And then never left haha. It’s like the dithering cautionary tale!!)

  2. Deidre says:

    These are amazing! What a cute place and I just adore all that colour!

  3. Hahaha, this was hysterical – I don’t travel with you guys because I ALSO love you both so much. And I don’t want to kill you for your indecision or watch you die of ebola from piercings performed in huts in Ecuador :)

    Seriously though, you need to hurry up and finish these posts because you’re making me want to go everywhere in the whole country, and I don’t have time for that in the near future!

  4. Heather says:

    I’m digging all of the yellow! I don’t know why as it’s not a fave color of mine, but it’s happy and smiley and I’m loving the vibrant colors in these shots :-)

  5. Brendan says:

    Oh damn, I think I could die here. Not that I’ve been looking for my final resting place or anything. Much. I think I need to go grill some plantains right now.

  6. mike says:

    Love the plantain shots : D

  7. Rita says:

    I love plantains now. Sure wish I had loved them more when I lived in Colombia. Let’s go to Colombia in 2013.

  8. Catalina says:

    plantains are my favorite carb!! You have to come w me to cali next time!!! there is a restaurant that cooks plantains in all the ways possible!


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