Mompiche is in the Region of Esmeraldas.
Mompiche is a small fishing village south of Muisne. It is famous among local surfers and still not very developed. Best surfing and weather to be had November to February. There is essentially only one main road and the seafront, but after damages from a sea surge in 2010, most sea side hotels and restaurants have vanished. New structures are going up everyday though.
There are "direct" buses from Esmeraldas until 16:00 which take about 4 hours. They do stop to pick up and drop off passengers. Otherwise, you can take any bus that travels on the coast. They will drop you off on the highway, from there it is about 8km into town. There are often Pickups waiting for passengers. They charge 1USD per person and leave when full to take you into town. More information about bus schedules can be found at AndesTransit. There is an option for private shuttles from Esmeraldas but it should be arranged in advance to secure availability EcuadorBus
The town is small enough for walking.
- Go surfing
- Go to the beach
- Whale watching
- Go to Portete. It's a 45min walk, go along the beach until you see a small dirtroad going left. It will join a paved road, continue till the end.50 cent boat ride across to Island. If you drive, leave town and then turn right. Continue on that road till the end as well and pick up travellers that don't have a car. At the end of the road you have to take a boat to get to the island of Portete. The beach is beautiful and a little wilder than the one in Mompiche. Check tides before you go, beach disappears at high tide.
- See the mangroves: Either go on a boat in Mompiche or ask a boat in Portete (a bit cheaper). Don't go when there is low tide.
There is no supermarket but a handful of small shops selling more or less the same things. Since eating out is pricey, you will be shopping here for your lovely dine in dinners back at the hostel. Also, fresh fruits and vegetables are scant, so look out for the veggie or fruit camionetas that come through selling them from the back of their truck at lower prices than from the shops. There's a supermarket at the bus terminal in Esmeraldas, so you can always pick up any essentials on the way and bring them along.
- Suly's Italian Place, Almost across from Surf Camp. Great menu by Quiteno expat - lots of western stuff but still the standard fresh seafood typical of Mompiche. Recommended edit
- Salchipapa Stand, Main Street, 2 blocks up from beach (South Side). The quintessential EC street food- salchipapas in front of the 2 supermarkets opens at night. Basic benches to sit on and enjoy your favorite beverage from the shops just behind it. Cheap and replete. edit
- El Economico, Corner Main Road and Beachfront. El Ecnomico is not so economico - $6-8 for fish, etc with some rice. Very popular at weekends. Portions small. However salsa encocada delicious. edit
- B&B Oasis Colibri (All-day breakfast, Pancakes, Café & co.), Calle Fosforera (in the front of restaurant Suly's Italian Place), ☎ +593 992129268, . 8:30-12:30; 15:00-17:00; 19:00-21:00. All-day breakfast Café in Mompiche: homemade pancakes with bunch of different toppings or/and fresh fruits, oats, sandwiches, fruit salads, filtered coffee & aromatic teas. Good music & relaxed atmosphere. And Remember! If it looks like no one is there, do not doubt to get in & in a short time fresh pancakes will be prepared only for you. And don'T forget to Smile, they give there presents for smiling happy. Price: $1,00 - $5,50. (0.5072147,-80.022161) edit
- La Jungla, Last of Beachfront Houses Before Boats. Great place to grab a cold beer at Sunset, right on the boardwalk. Pizzas and local fare. Good tunes. Chill vibe. edit
- Local Pool Hall, Next to La Jungla. Nothing fancy, just a bare bones room BUT with cold Pilsener and a pool table. When reading, sleeping, swinging in a hammock get too challenging this is the place to be at night. edit
There are several hostals on the beach, expect to pay around 10USD per person.
- Cabañas Iruña, (You can reach Cabañas Iruña by walking about half an hour along the beach from Mompiche or (depending on the tide) you could also take a cab.), ☎ +593 999472458 ([email protected]). Simple, secluded cabañas right on the beach. With nothing but sea and palm trees it's the prefect place to relax. The cabañas (2-3 beds) are small but comfortable (including fridge, private bathroom, mosquito net, electricity but no WIFI) and very clean. Ask to see the mangrove trees – there are many of those behind the main building. If you want to eat there (local cuisine with influences of the Basque cuisine): breakfast $4,- / dinner $12. $20,- per person. edit
- Mud House, Main Road East. Nice little hotel with dorms $8 pp and Rooms $20 with a kitchen and hang out space (hammocks). A bit of a walk from the beach, but out of town you are farther from the boom boom of the music on weekends. Live in owners with a lot of concern for the place. Small so privacy can be an issue. Mosquito nets. Safe. edit
- Kiwi House, Behind La Jungla, Next to Chocolata (1/2 Block S. of Main Road). Friendly owner with clean rooms $20/room night with bath, $15/night shared bath; Very close to beach (you can hear the waves at night) Convenient. Hammocks. Kitchen. Good restaurant downstairs. Next to Chocolata for great coffee and cake. Easy walk to everything. edit
- DMCA Surf Hostel. Camping Dorms and Rooms about 3-50 meters from the beach, this chill out hostel has enclosed beachfront camping area and behind it a hotel/hostel with restaurant/music. Community feel, great place to meet people. Laundry service. Kitchen. edit
- B&B Oasis Colibri (Rooms, All-day breakfast, Pancakes, Tourist-Info, Café & co.), Calle Fosforera (in the front of restaurant Suly's), ☎ +593 992129268 ([email protected]), . checkin: 13:00-23:00; checkout: 6:00-12:00. Imagine: Colourful rooms, each room has it's own colour. Beds and pillow are confortable. The hotel has one double room with its own bathroom and 2 shared rooms which include a doble bed and a single one. Super clean and well decorated hostal. Towels & soap are provided. It also has a roof terrasse with a hamacs to relax & hang around. Each room is equiped with ventilator and mosquito screens on the windows. The breakfast: home made pancankes with different toppings served with tea or coffee. The amability of the owner: speaks very well english, spanish, ukranian, russian and german, is very friendly and helpful. Location: Mompiche has one main street, la Fosforera where Oasis colibri is located - so it is very centrical. Laundry service available. Price: from $10,- p.P. in the shared room, from $25 for double room with private bathroom, breakfast from $2,50. edit
- Cabañas El Mango, (You can reach El Mango by walking from the central plaza at the entrance of the village to the left (there's a sign on the main road)in front of the school about five minutes on a footpath.). You'll find small and colourful cabins accommodating 2-6 people with a private bathroom. The rooms are basic with a fan and mosquito nets. Price is 10USD/person. There's a 'private' path leading directly to the beach. The place is run by Luigi, who knows a lot about nature and conservation around the area and is a superb cook of seafood. El Mango grows some own foods such as special chillies from the region, citrus fruits and of course mangos" edit
Buses Mompiche to Esmeraldas (stopping by Atacames) start at 6 am and into the afternoon.
To get a coastal bus, either hitch to the highway or take a Pickup. Buses pass frequently, approximately every 30min. If you are going south just hop on any bus going that direction. You will have to change a couple of times to get far.
There's no direct bus to Canoa but ask around for transportation - there are frequent offers for car rides to Canoa for about $12-15.