Too poor to visit the Galapagos? Isla de la Plata, only ninety minutes off the coast, offers a great budget alternative for backpackers looking for a taste of Ecuador's wildlife. Blue-footed boobies are just one of the highlights!
A party town? Surfer heaven? Argentinian refuge? Gringo trap? Montañita is all these things but isn't actually as bad a place to visit as you may think. With one of the nicest beaches on the coast, you might struggle to leave as quickly as planned.