Boat Trip to Isla de Salango

We love organizing a group snorkeling trip to Isla de Salango, in fact, it is one of our favorite tours to do with the hostel! We love it because it combines so many of our favorite activities in one trip: snorkeling, fishing, boating, swimming, and island-hopping!

Visiting Isla de Salango

Isla de Salango is home to a wide-range of bird life, including the famous blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, pelicans, and many more. Off the coast of the island is a protected marine zone within Machalilla National Park. Given no fishing is allowed in the area, it is a pristine snorkeling and diving site full of tropical fish, manta rays, sea turtles, and beautiful coral reefs. And, more often than not, we are normally the only ones snorkeling there!

Snorkeling, Fishing, & Beaches

This snorkeling-boat trip consists of a short drive from La Casa long-term Hostel to Salango where we board our private boat. Then it is a short 5-minute boat trip to Isla de Salango where we snorkel for a few hours. Sometimes we bring our fishing poles and fish, of course outside the Machalilla National Park boundaries, and whatever we catch we cook for the whole hostel to enjoy! After snorkeling, we head to Playa Dorado, which has the most amazing sand everrrrrrrrrr (seriously it’s luscious and feels like pizza dough)! We, and our guests, could play in it all day long! After swimming, body surfing, and enjoying some snacks on the beach in Playa Dorado, we head back to Salango where we eat lunch at Restaurante El Pelicano (even Anthony Bourdain has eaten here a few times)! And then after around 3-5 hours of fun, we head back to La Casa.

Join Us!

The boat trip costs $15/person (includes snorkeling gear) and lunch costs around $10/person. It’s one of the activities we love to do as a big group with our hostel guests, so please contact us if you are interested in participating in this trip with us!


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    La Casa is situated right on the beach of the small coastal town of Ayampe.

    Travelers from all over the world come to Ayampe to cultivate a community of peace, happiness, and mutual respect.

How to get to La Casa

Arriving in Ecuador

The nearest international airport is in Guayaquil. From there, you can take a taxi or a bus to Ayampe.

from Guayaquil

Take a bus either to Olon or Montanita. It is the CLP bus company (large brown/maroon buses) direct from the Guayaquil Bus Terminal.

from Montañita / Olon

Take a green Manglaralto bus heading north. Ask the bus to stop at Ayampe. Ayampe is approximately 25 minutes away. Taxis from Montanita or Olon are around $15.

from Quito

Take the Reina Del Camino Bus directly to Puerto Lopez.

from Puerto Lopez

Take a green Manglaralto bus heading south. Ask the bus to stop at Ayampe. Ayampe is approximately 15 minutes away. Taxis from Puerto Lopez are $5.

Once in Ayampe

The bus will let you off on the E15 by a small store. It is a five minute walk to La Casa from here. Walk straight towards the ocean. At the end of the road, La Casa is the large white three-story building directly on the corner.

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La Casa — Long-term beachfront living in Ayampe, Ecuador