Studying Spanish for 2 weeks in Montanita

Montanita

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View of Montanita from a hill at the N end of the beach.

Montanita is a pretty extraordinary place.  80% party town, 39% surf town.

Beach Umbrellas and Surf

Beach Umbrellas and Surf

Surfing

Surfing at the end of cocktail alley. We’re told the surf is much bigger Jan – Mar

The Spanish school is a fairly big business there and provides many students to spend money in the party and surfing part of the town.  It started as a quiet fishing village with a few surfers camping on the beach.  The surfers did a little partying when there wasn’t surf. Word got around and folks from the cities came for the parties.  Entrepreneurs got word and set up cocktail shops on the street.  Now there’s a boom with outrageous partying, particularly on Wed and Sat nights, construction everywhere, escalating real estate, and a hostel on every street corner and in the middle of every block too!

Cocktail Ally on Saturday Night

Cocktail Ally on Saturday Night

Imagine Isla Vista at UCSB if its purpose was to party and surf rather than to house college students.  Or imagine the adult version of the Senior All Night Party at Monta Vista HS!

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Here’s a 20 second video that’s on You Tube called “Cocktail Alley, Montanita”:

During the day we heard recorded music, which turned out to be the garbage trucks driving  through the streets.  When it’s trash day, they  play a tune whose lyrics are basically “It’s trash time.  Bring out your trash and put it on the street.”  Anyone who has trash takes it out in one of those plastic shopping bags with two handles, and places it on the street.  A guy jumps off the truck, grabs the bag, and tosses it into the truck. If you watch the back of the truck, you can see all the rasty garbage churning away.

The first night we were kept awake by a male voice speaking Spanish on a loud speaker.. seriously, almost all night long.  We later learned that when a family has an issue such as sickness, a request goes out to the community to support them. When people contribute, their names and the dollar amounts are read over the loud speaker.  There are about 6 of the speakers sprinkled around town, so one is within earshot of everyone.

Other photos of Montanita

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2 thoughts on “Studying Spanish for 2 weeks in Montanita

  1. Ann Briggs

    Hi Dan and Char; I’m fascinated with your adventures and comments. I’ll be interested when you find other types of cities or towns then those on the beach. There must be some, although the beach places have there own kind of appeal. I wonder if they are the same all year round. The psychologists may have been right about it being a dead end for many.
    Ann

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    1. danmarshall22 Post author

      Thanks for your comment Ann. Yes, Ecuador offers plenty of mountains and jungle, in addition to the beaches. Everything is in pretty close proximity. We’re currently planning a trip down the spine of the Andes from Quito to Cuenca. There are a several volcanic mountains along the way. Some are snow covered, which seems remarkable at the equator.
      If you look at the bottom of the blog string, you’ll see our blog posts from our Quito, which is a big city at 2800 Meters.

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