An Ecolodge in Ecuador

The Finca Punta Ayampe Ecolodge is a prime example of the new wave of vacation destinations that cater to those who want more than the stereotypical tourist experience. For so-called “ecotourists”, huge concrete hotels are out and thatched huts are in, albeit with all the perks and conveniences of a five-star hotel. Finca Punta Ayampe tests the limits of what an ecolodge can be – and do – for its customers.

It’s located in Ayampe, a quiet town perched like one of many pearls along La Ruta del Sol (Sunshine Route) that runs south to north along Ecuador’s Pacific coastline. This strategic location puts Finca Punta Ayampe from mere minutes to several hours away from some of Ecuador’s most beautiful and exciting attractions.

Closest to the ecolodge is Machalilla National Park, a pristine coastal reserve 30 miles long that offers everything from ocean scuba diving to hiking in a breathtaking cloud forest. Birding and wildlife watching are just a couple of the organized activities designed to lure environmentally-minded vacationers. Then there is Agua Blanca, 20 minutes away and a world apart from the average tourist trap. Agua Blanca boasts a museum and neighboring active archeological site, along with sulfurous hot springs whose waters are said to have therapeutic properties. Not last, and not least either, is La Isla de la Plata, a couple hours away by boat. Reminding many of the Galapagos Islands in miniature, La Isla de la Plata is a scuba diver’s paradise that also offers spectacular whale watching from June to October.

The Finca Punta Ayampe Ecolodge is the perfect jumping-off point for a myriad of recreational, cultural and shopping excursions, but it’s also a wonderful place to stay. Comprising a main lodge and several outlying cabins, Finca Punta Ayampe offers an unforgettable Ecuadorian cultural experience for as little as us$10 per person per night. Room furnishings are hand crafted using local materials, providing sumptuous comfort features like relaxing Ecuadorian hammocks to lounge in. The restaurant in the main lodge offers a wide variety of organically grown local specialties. Yet amid this pastoral splendor, guests enjoy access to hot and cold running water, electrical outlets, even satellite television. For an organic Ecuadorian vacation with all the comforts of home, the Finca Punta Ayampe Ecolodge simply can’t be beat!