We hit Attacames and stayed at a place called The Chill Inn the first night. Yolanda who runs the Chill Inn has a great but fairly standard beach town hostel. We wanted someplace a little more unique and went out to the Playa Escondida on a recommendation and were glad we did. Don't head out there if you want a great swimming/surfing beach, a night scene, are uncomfortable hitch-hiking or taking the Chivo buses, want fancy hotel accommodations (AC, no bugs, luxury showers, and flush toilets). Do go if you want to stay somewhere memorable and unique, explore secluded beaches, caves, and tide pools, all with pleasant and personable service. The pictures don't do this place justice. The small collection of buildings are amazing open air palm frond bungalows incorporating natural features and archeological artifacts from the site. The room came with mosquito nets, hammocks, and a big jug of potable water. The food was good and was presented beautifully with flowers etc, from the property. We were glad we got a room in the big "4 plex" near the ocean because of the views and the breeze. We could hear our neighbors but it wasn't bad. We could have had our own building up the hill for the same price but were happy closer to the ocean. Having been to a nice jungle lodge on the oriente side of Ecuador years ago, if you cant fit a trip to Coca or Tenna in your trip, a stay at the Playa Escondida will just about make up for it. Great place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In South America, from the foot hills of the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, the river Malpelo winds down to the Pacific Coast forming a beautiful bay now called Playa Escondida (hideaway beach). Truly off the beaten track, with the nearest town fourteen km's away, you are assured of privacy, safety, a pristine beach and gentle surf. The backdrop for this idyllic shoreline is an ecological refuge of 100 hectares. Here we are dedicated to protecting the diverse flora and fauna of the semi-tropical forest from local hunters, logging, cattle and shrimp farming, not to mention commercial tourism; all forces which the threaten the fragile eco-system of this vital littoral. Come and experience the magic of one of the last frontiers on the Pacific Rim. The refuge currently has capacity for thirty people. Prices range from US$7 to $25 per person. There is a secluded area with lots of shade for camping, with showers. Children up to 10 years old pay half price. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Playa Escondida Ecuador/Galera