Area Description

See and Do


Montañita has two seasons: a wet season and a dry season.

The wet season runs from December through June. Almost all days have abundant sunshine in the morning and the afternoon. When it rains, the rain usually falls during the evening and night hours. The temperatures are about 30°C (86°) during the day. Because of the high humidity, it may feel hotter than the actual temperature is.

The dry season starts in June and runs through November. July still has sunny days, but from August to November, almost all days are grey. Having a sunny day is a matter of luck. The temperatures are between 20 and 24°C (68-75°F), and the humidity is lower. For many expats, the dry season is more comfortable than the wet season.

Entertainment and Nightlife

Calle de las Luces, Montañita
The Calle Segunda is also called Calle de Las Luces (Street of the Lights).


Gorilla Delivery is a local delivery service that operates in the area between Cadeate and La Entrada. You can give them your grocery list and they will make sure that your groceries will be delivered at your home.





Montañita is not connected to the water system of nearby Manglaralto, where a local government company pumps water from the ground. Due to drought, water is often only available for a few hours a day. Many people, therefore, maintain their supply of water by using a cistern. However, the water is not drinkable.


Electricity is provided by CNEL. Power outages do occur, but not as often as in the past.

Crime and Safety


In Montañita you can find the National Police, the CTE (traffic police) and local community security guards.

local community security guards of Montañita
Community security guards in Montañita.

Several cases of poisoning with scopolamine haven been reported. When you are under the influence of scopolamine, criminals can control your mind in order to rob you. See Man dies after being found unconscious in Montañita, possibly a case of scopolamine as an example of a recent case. To avoid becoming a victim, always make sure that no one can put scopolamine in your drinks.

How to travel to Montañita

From Cuenca

Cooperativa Libertad Peninsular (CLP) operated direct buses between Cuenca and Montañita ($16) until the beginning of January 2022. In Cuenca the buses departed from the Cuenca Bus Terminal (Terminal Terrestre Cuenca). Until this bus service is resumed you can first take a bus to Guayaquil and from Guayaquil you can take a CLP bus to Montañita.

From Guayaquil (by bus)

Bus company Cooperativa Libertad Peninsular (CLP) offers a direct bus service between the Guayaquil Bus Terminal and Montañita/Olón. The duration of this trip is 3 hours. They are offered every hour or two hours during the day. The price of a ticket is about $7.20. There are no night busses.

CLP has its ticket offices on the third floor of the Guayaquil Bus Terminal and along the Ruta del Spondylus in Montañita.

An alternative is to first travel from the Guayaquil Bus Terminal to the Santa Elena Bus Terminal in Santa Elena. Several bus companies (CLP, Costa Azul CICA, Liberpesa) offer frequent services (about every 20 minutes) between these terminals. The duration of the trip is two hours, and the price is about $4.30. You can buy your ticket at windows 86 to 88 on the ground floor of the Guayaquil Bus Terminal. In the Santa Elena Bus Terminal you can buy a ticket for a local bus to Montañita. Bus services are offered about every 20 minutes by bus companies TransManglaralto and CITUP. The price for a ticket is about $2,00. The duration is approximately 1.15 hours. The last bus to Montañita usually leaves at 8 PM from the Santa Elena Bus Terminal.

From Guayaquil (by taxi)

A private taxi from Guayaquil to Montañita costs about $120.

From Guayaquil (by car)

Most parts of the road between Guayaquil and Montañita are in a good state. Be aware that there are almost every day speed checks on the Vía a la Costa, the road between Guayaquil and Santa Elena. There is one toll booth west of Guayaquil ($1,50). Some villages along the coast have thresholds that are difficult to see in the dark.

From Salinas, La Libertad, Ballenita (by bus)

From the Santa Elena Bus Terminal, you can take a local TransManglaralto or CITUP bus to Montañita. Ticket price: about $2. Duration: approximately 1.10 hours. Frequency: about every 20 minutes. Last departure: 8 PM.

From Salinas, La Libertad, Ballenita (by taxi)

Taking a cab from Salinas and around to Montañita costs about $25-30, depending on your place of departure.

From Olón

Taking a cab from Olón to Montañita costs $1.50. An alternative is taking a TransManglaralto or CITUP bus. By bike it will take about 10 minutes to arrive in Montañita, with a fast electric bike around 5 minutes.