The next day we took the Manglaralto Bus; it is a green bus that runs about every 30 min. town to town along la ruta del sol. It was a cool experience flying through the mountains listening to crazy latin beach jams while the co-pilot jumped in and out at stops to make little offerings at the shrines we passed, I assume for safe passage. When you get on the bus you tell the co-pilot where you are going , he comes up with a price and makes sure the driver stops where you need to get off. We got out at the Ayampe police station and walked through Ayampe (one road village) and decided to stay at La Finca Punta Ayampe. It was all the way at the end of the road up into the mountains a bit; farther from the beach than we would have liked but more affordable than beach front rooms. We stayed here for 2 nights. It was a little scary at night because crazy jungle bugs came into our room and the mosquito net wasn’t the greatest protection. But the food was amazing at this hotel; incredible fresh juice and super healthy vegetarian options. delish. They also owned the sweetest dogs in the world that would follow us to the beach and swim with us and make sure we got back to the hotel ok.
Ayampe was so beautiful and deserted that we just ended up spending our whole time at this beach. If we had more time I would have explored the surrounding areas more but we just got hypnotized by the life in Ayampe and we just didn’t want to leave.