Pedernales

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Pedernales

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Pedernales is a coastal town in Ecuador. It is the capital of Pedernales Canton. Ecuador's Pacific Highway 15 passes through the town. Highway 382 terminates in the town.

Much of the town and nearby urban areas were leveled by a 7.8 Mw earthquake in April 2016.

In March 2017 the town is being in the process of reconstruction and a large part of town has already been rebuilt. Tourism is picking-up quickly especially among national tourists. Town gets busiest in February for Carnaval holidays.

Get in[edit]

You can reach Pedernales by Bus directly from Guayaquil (7 hours), Santo Domingo, Ecuador (3 hours) and Quito (6 hours).

Do[edit][add listing]

If your lucky the Circus is in town. The program lasts around 2 hours. Prices range from 4-8 Dollars.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are many local stores selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, electronics, clothes, cosmetics and basically everything else your heart desires. Prices are reasonable and lower compared to many other beach towns. If you're looking for something more specific like a good bottle of wine or cheese check out the supermarket Tia located on the main road Ruta del Spondylus.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are many small family run restaurants all around in town offering set lunch, Encebollados (a fish soup with lots of onions and yucca), ceviche, Hígado (liver), Pollo (chicken), Chuleta (pork) and much more.

If you're looking for the best Platanitos (fried plantains) check out the local producer on Manabí street and ask for Platanitos recién hechos.

Check out the beachfront for some fresh seafood.

If you're hungry for some roasted chicken try out one of the Assaderos on the main road for a 1/8 or 1/4 of chicken, rice and beans (2.5-3.5 Dollars). You won't regret it.

Many local bakeries offer fresh white bread and pastries from 0.1-0.5 Dollars per piece.

Drink[edit][add listing]

For drinks head to the beachfront where you'll find several beach bars offering reasonably priced Cocktails (3-5 Dollars) and fresh fruit juices. You'll find some people dancing almost every night, but it gets busiest around the weekend, when locals from around Pedernales come over.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Most of the big Hotels in town have been destroyed by the earthquake in 2016. However a couple of old and new businesses have already been opened in March 2017. There are only few options on the beachfront (March 2017). Most Hostals or basic Cabañas can be found in the southern part of town around "Hostal Miramar".

  • "Hotel Playas" is a bargain priced gem with private rooms and a rooftop terrace located in the centre of town on Manabí street. Prices range from 8-12 Dollars/person. All rooms are clean and basic and include TV, fresh linens, fans and towels. 8 Dollars/person in a private room with shared bathrooms. 10 Dollars/person in a private room with own bathroom. 12 Dollars/person in a private room with air conditioning.
  • "Texas Range" a Motel styled Hotel offering private rooms and a pool. Expect to pay around 30 Dollars/room.
  • "Hostal Miramar" is probably the biggest still existing Hotel in town. It is located in the southern part of town. It offers clean and pretty rooms and a pool. Expect to pay around 30 Dollars/room. You might be able to bargain.
  • A couple of family run Hostals or Cabañas can be found around the Hostal Miramar in the southern part of town. Accommodation is basic including private rooms, TV and a fan or air conditioning. Some offer a Pool. Prices vary depending on time of travel. You might be able to bargain.

Cope[edit]

Money[edit]

There is only one ATM in town. Banco Pichincha offers a reliable service for most international travellers. The ATM is located on the Main Street of town Ruta del Spondylus close to Plaza Central, the central square. There might be a restriction of 300 Dollars maximum per day you can get out per day/card.

Laundry[edit]

There is at least one laundry service in town which is located on Juan Pereira street close to where the old bus terminal was located next to the local stadium. Either ask for: La vieja Terminal Terrestre de Pedernales, for the: SRI or for: el estadio. Laundry costs 55 Cts/ Libra. Service takes around 3 hours.

Stay safe[edit]

Use common sense, do not take valuables to the beach. Do not walk alone on the beach at night.

Get out[edit]

Take a Motortaxi to get to the provisory Bus Terminal (Terminal de Buses) approximately 2km out of town. Taxis should cost around 0.5-1 Dollar.

There are frequent Bus connections to San Vicente, Ecuador (4 hours), Canoa (3.5 hours), Guayaquil (7 hours), Jama, Santo Domingo, Ecuador (3 hours), Quito (6 hours) and Esmeraldas.

If you want to reach Mompiche take a bus heading in the direction of Esmeraldas and get off in Chamanga (2 Dollars aprox. 1 hour). There take a Bus which takes you to La Entrada de Mompiche (45 minutes 2.5 Dollars). From there ask for a Camioneta which takes you the last 5-6km to Mompiche (3-10 Dollars depending on time of arrival and cabdriver).

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