Great Italian Food in Ayampe Ecuador!

The outside of Los Orishas Italian food in Ayampe Ecuador

If you happen to be passing through Ayampe for a quick surf, or checking out the iconic rocks off the coast, or better yet – taking a look at our new community La Reserva Manabi – be sure to stop in for some Italian food and say hi to Gabby and Marco at Los Orishas Pizzeria and Hostel. Open during the evenings and serving an extensive selection of pizzas and pastas, this is a great spot to end the day or start the night. You will always find friendly travelers here sharing their adventures and enjoying the tastes of Italy on the coast of Ecuador.

Los Orishas Italian food in Ayampe Ecuador

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Life In Ecuador: Who Eats Tuna Soup For Breakfast?

Who eats tuna soup for breakfast? Ecuadorians do. We are talking about the Ecuadorian dish by the name of Encebollado.  Encebollado is tuna soup: a fish stew with more of a soup-like consistency.  It can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner but is mainly served in the early morning.  It is cooked with onions and packed with chunks of tuna, then served with boiled cassava and pickled red onions. The broth has many deep flavors, and something about the onions really gets you going in the morning! Encebollado is considered a national dish in Ecuador and is mainly found along the coast. Take note: interestingly, it is also considered an ultimate hangover cure!

 

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Where Do I Find Good Food Along the Ecuador Coast? Try Puerto Lopez!

During most of our travels chasing waves or checking out potential beachfront real estate opportunities, we mainly travel around the Manabi Province of Ecuador, and one of my favorite locations is a popular coastal destination named Puerto Lopez. Puerto Lopez is one of the relatively larger fishing villages on the coast of Ecuador. It is popular for tourists not only for the food, but also as a hub for other activities, one of the most popular being the June to October season of whale watching.  Puerto Lopez is in close proximity to Machalilla National Park, known for the popular beaches of Los Frailes. Puerto Lopez is also the jump off point for Isla de la Plata, sometimes known as “The Poor Man’s Galapagos.”

Fishing is the main activity in Puerto Lopez. The street running along the beach, Malecon, is lined with restaurants serving the freshest, most delicious seafood. Also along the beach you’ll find cabanas serving drinks and some fun nightclubs. One of my favorite dishes to eat here is Octopus Spaghetti. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s cooked octopus served in a marinara sauce over pasta. This unusual but delicious dish will prepare you for a fun night in Montanita — more on that later. Another of my favorites is Pescado al Vapor, which is steamed Sea Bass in tomato, onion and herb sauce.  These two dishes are just the tip of the iceberg; I can’t even begin to tell you how much more good —even exotic — food is here, so be sure to stop in Puerto Lopez and bring your appetite!

 

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Come on a Private Salango Whale Watching Tour

The coast off of Salango Ecuador

Want to beat the crowds and enjoy a private charter out of Salango for a day of whale watching, snorkeling, swimming and even the possibility of having the freshest, best tasting Octopus Ceviche you will ever have in your life?  Let Coastal Living Ecuador handle your arrangements!

Up close mesmerizing moments with nature

Why leave from Puerto Lopez on an overcrowded boat when you can relax amongst friends on a private charter out of Salango for whale watching and more? Our boat captain and experienced scuba and free diver will bring you up-close-and-personal to the migrating humpback whales for some mesmerizing moments with nature. Watching these giant whales jumping and playing in the ocean is like nothing else. These giant, gentle creatures seem to love being in the spotlight for a moment to show off for the viewing boats.

 

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Ecuador’s Local Cuisine is the Bomb!

If you love to eat healthy meals prepared with only the freshest ingredients, then Ecuador’s local cuisine will exceed your culinary expectations. With a cornucopia of perfectly ripened fruits, just-picked vegetables and seafood caught fresh each day, it’s hard to not eat healthy foods in Ecuador.  

Ecuador’s coast is comprised of many small towns with their unique microclimates and resources. Most are stocked with a small fleet of boats and local fishermen, who bring in the fresh catch early each morning. Depending on the particular climate of a town, you may also see small farms growing a variety of fruits and vegetables, the offerings unique to each location. Be sure allow time during your travels to stop in and experience what each of these coastal towns has to offer.

I fell in love with Ecuador for multiple reasons, one of the best being how little money it takes to eat exceedingly well. For example, here a full pound of Wahoo costs a mere $1.50,  and a dragon fruit costs less than 50 cents.  After traveling home to Colorado following one of my visits to Ecuador’s coast, I tried to maintain the same healthy, fresh, delicious diet to which I had grown accustomed in Ecuador.   Easier said than done:  a pound of Wahoo cost $40!  And if you’re lucky enough to even find a Dragon fruit, it was in the $4 range.  I use these two items for comparison, because they are two of my favorites, but the same crazy cost differential runs across the board.   

So many factors contributed to the fact that I was already feeling the way of life living on the coast of Ecuador, but the relative cost to eat healthy and delicious foods every day without breaking the bank actually was one of the major deciding factors in my decision to live on the coast of Ecuador.

 

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