I have added an extended stay in Montañita, Ecuador to my growing bucket list. Montañita is more a destination for people half age, and with recreational pursuits that would likely kill someone my age. However, since half of my readers are made up of people under 35 years of age and Montañita is where I'd want to have visited back in the day, a few articles about this still little known surfers' paradise are in order. Plus learning to surf well is also high up on my bucket list!
I was doing some research for an article, and my eventual visit to Montañita, when I came across a documentary film split into 4 parts that I think is so good I have to share it. First I'd like to say Kudos to the creators...
What the film makers have to say about Montañita...
For several decades, Montañita - a beach town in Ecuador - had been a little-heard-of destination known only by surfers and off-the-beaten-path travellers. But whoever passed through it was left with indelible memories. The town has a unique vibe that is palpable as soon as you enter. You see everyone at ease, smiling, eager to make friends and have fun. Whoever you are, wherever you come from - you can't but dive into this vibe and become like one of these chilled beach bums. The place is addictive and that is because happiness is addictive. So a word of warning - do not make firm plans for your return, because most visitors overstay and some never leave.
In the recent years, however, Montañita has experienced a lot of exposure and growth. As is often the case, this development has brought a host of challenges that threaten to destroy the unique character of the town. So a question arises. As Montañita becomes big and successful, will it retain its special vibe? Or will its magic be broken?
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