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Montañita Services

Tourism

There is no official tourism office in Montañita, but the tour operator MontañiTours, at the corner of Avenida Guido Chiriboga and Rocafuerte (Tel: 04-206-0043), has friendly-English-speaking staff with lots of information about the town and its surroundings. The police station (Tel: 09-586-0991) is on 10 de Agosto, a block from Farmacias Cruz Azul and in front of the football field.

Money

Montañita only has one bank, Banco Bolivariano (Guido Chiriboga, near corner of Ca. Segunda, next to Hotel Montañita), with pretty inconvenient hours (Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.). It usually has long lines, so plan accordingly. Next door, there is an ATM. Another ATM (Banco de Guayaquil) is located on Calle Segunda, between Guido Chiriboga and 10 de Agosto. Across the street is a Western Union booth (daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.), where you can send or receive money. On Vicente Rocafuerte, near the corner of 15 de Mayo, you can find a MoneyGram booth (Monday and Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday 10 am.-8 p.m.).

Medical

Montañita does not have a hospital; the closest one is in Manglaralto, three kilometers (1.9 mi) away. Hospital Manglaralto (Tel: 04-290-1192) is open 24 hours and is a free clinic. There are plenty of pharmacies around town, though, including Farmacias Cruz Azul (Daily 8 a.m.-1 a.m.; open 24 hours one week per month on rotating system) at Avenida 10 de Agosto and Rocafuerte.

Keeping in Touch

It shouldn't be too much of a problem staying connected while in Montañita; most restaurants and hotels here are equipped with WiFi. One of the nicest Internet cafés in town is Shemesh.net, which has eight modern computers with Skype and webcams ($1.50 per hour. Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m, Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Ca. 10 de Agosto and Ca. Segunda, diagonal Hola Ola). You can also store your bags in a locker here for $0.50 for an hour or $3 for the day. "Mis Cabinas" also has several computers with Skype and cabins from where you can make national or international calls (daily 8 a.m.-midnight. Av. Primera A and Guido Chiriboga). Calls to the U.S. here costs $0.32 per minute and the Internet costs $1 per hour. Montañita does not have a post office.

Laundry

The most reliable and recommended laundry place in town is "Lavandaría Juanita," next to the taxi station on Calle Segundo Rosales (Tel: 09-741-3763). She charges $0.50 per pound, and if you drop your laundry off in the morning, she can have it washed and dried by the afternoon.

Photography

Foto Estudios Gutierrez (daily 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. 15 de Mayo and Av. Javier Ledesma. Tel: 09-413-9357) sells memory cards, film and batteries for cameras, and can quickly print photos from USB drives and memory cards. It also does passport and visa photos if you need either ($6 for 4 photos).










By Jena Davison

I am a curious, passionate and free-spirited travel writer, currently working as a Staff Writer and Editor for V!VA. Shortly after...

13 Sep 2012

 
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