Montanita: plenty swell on offer at Ecuador | Photo:

Ecuador enjoys several climates, from tropical to temperate, in the different regions. At the same time and because of its geographical location, the country experiences little variation in daylight hours during the course of a year.

Ecuador is greatly influenced by the Pacific Ocean and, therefore, by the El Nino and the Peruvian/Humboldt ocean currents.

The best swell for surfing in Ecuador comes from the North, between December and April.

Although you can get very consistent waves all year round, the El Niño pumps quality offshore rides.

Ecuador is being named as one the best countries to surf in South America.

There are 700 miles of coastline to discover, as well as beach breaks, reef breaks, and point breaks for all surfing levels.

Montanita is one of the best-known surf cities in the country, with peaks for beginners and experienced surfers. Puerto Cayo, Manta, San Mateo, and Mompiche should not be missed.

But if you want to taste the prime jewel of Ecuadorian surfing, you've got to ride the waves of the Galápagos Islands, located 972 kilometers west of continental Ecuador.

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