~Unique Vacation Experiences~
Retreats by Vistamar in Ayampe, Ecuador
What it's all about?
Vistamar offers a vacation experience that is tailored exactly to your desires from private surf lessons and surf trips to local breaks, to small personalized yoga classes at the hour of your choosing, to personalized exquisite dining options, to a dozen tour options including cultural immersions and adventures. We offer these unique experiences coupled with comfortable and beautiful lodging. Expect hot water, fast wifi, daily cleaning service, extra comfy bedding and mattresses, epic views from the bed, desks and lounge areas, ocean breeze and A/C options, and an attention to detail from guest relations to impeccable maintenance of the facilities.
ALL INCLUSIVE means lots of options
Daily surf classes
Daily yoga session
Daily wave searching in the pick-up truck
Use of surfboard, leash, and wax
Horseback excursion to the highest peak in the area
Boat trip and snorkeling to Isla de la Plata
Excursions to hidden beaches and coves
Excursions to Los Friales National Park
Excursion to Agua Blanca archeological site
Coffee tasting experience
Use of bikes and snorkel gear
3 extremely delicious, everything made from scratch, exquisite meals.
Why choose the Vistamar Experience?
*Personalized itineraries with attention to detail
*Private, small groups
*Super care and guest relations
*Lots of activities, adventures and cultural immersions to choose from
*A truly awesome dining experience
*All experiences require at least 3 full days, although we recommend at least 5 full days. We present the prices per day/night for transparency and so that you can make the amount of days for your experience fit your vacation time.
*All prices are per full day/night
*Please inquire for groups larger than 4 people.
We like to tailor each experience to the speed and desires of each of our guests. If you want to focus your trip on surfing, yoga or adventures or a balance of the both will be up to you. The balanced approach looks something like this:
Start the day with a light hike through one of our several wilderness areas that surround Ayampe followed by a delicious breakfast. Then an up tempo yoga practice followed by leisure time/time to explore the pueblo of Ayampe till lunch. For the afternoon; a siesta followed by a yin yoga practice or a surf class, free surf, bike ride, hike, scramble, swim, cooking class or simply relaxing in the hammock. Then top off the evening (with a cocktail) relaxing on the third floor deck watching the sun set over the islands. On any given day, we are also happy to make a full day, or half day excursion happen for you such as a boat trip to the Isla de la Plata, a horseback adventure through the peaks of the mountains in Rio Blanca, fishing, snorkeling, exploring hidden coves, check out an archeological site and springs, take bike rides, and much more.
We want this to be your trip, so in the end this itinerary is just a suggestion. You could have double surf lessons every day, or no surfing at all, or anything in between!
As mentioned above, we like to be flexible and let weather and natural conditions ultimately predict what activities are best suited day to day.
A Day in the Life
The Solo Traveler:
1 person in Wayra, Sacha or Inti: $199 per night
1 person in Killa: $225 per day/night
For example 5day/5night: $995
2 persons (couples) in Wayra, Sacha or Inti: $299
2 persons (couples) in Killa: $339 per day/night
For example 5day/5night: $1495
Jaclyn Elizabeth from United States
"Ayampe is a magical place "
Vistamar guesthouse is close to everything you could possibly need. The locals are so friendly. The guesthouse has extremely comfy beds, hot water, stocked fridge, fresh drinking water and everything was spotless. There are many places to lounge around and enjoy the presence of others. The amount of thought and detail in every part of the guesthouse is impressive- fans if you get hot, bug nets, extra bath towels, beach towels if you need them, extra hooks to hang your clothes. Each room is provided with locks but I did not lock my room once my entire stay because I felt as though my belongings were safe. If you are on the hunt for a place to stay while you are traveling this IS the spot. I’d highly recommend doing the all inclusive surf/yoga option. Regardless if you can only stay 3-4 days! It’s totally worth every penny.
Diana Flippo from United States
"Great Solo trip"
Matteo was an incredible host & he's built a beautiful retreat. Matteo was attentive to every detail/need- he made this a fun, relaxing & adventurous vacation for me. Ayampe is very simple, set in a beautiful, undisturbed location on the ocean. Vistamar is only a very short walk from beach. It has the 3 floor yoga platform w beautiful views of Pacific. Rooms are very large & mine had large sitting area in front of bedroom. Beds are comfortable & have mosquito nets. I loved the rain shower, hot & cold water w great pressure. I spent time in the relaxing hammock & chair swing watching the sunset. There's a sitting area on main level, surrounded by beautiful flowers. There's a large dining table & local chefs prepare delicious meals w locally sourced fresh ingredients, including beautiful presentations. It was a treat to eat healthy- so much fruit, guacamole, fish, meat, etc. Breakfasts were mouth watering (pics) My week at Vistamar was a treat, very hard to leave. Matteo organized yoga daily, surf lessons, massage, boat trip, snorkeling & special trip to Isla de Planta. He thought of every detail & ensured I enjoyed myself. I was able to get an insight into the local culture and people. He is very active in community. His passion for Ecuador, Ayampe & the people have made positive impacts upon the area and those who visit. Vistamar attracts a diverse group of people and I truly enjoyed meeting so many friendly and interesting guests and locals from various backgrounds.
Tonya Sucher from United States
"The most memorable/beautiful experiences I’ve had traveling"
The excursions, hospitality, food, comforts, atmosphere…everything with Vistamar definitely surpassed my expectations. Upon arrival, we received a warm welcome with a printed layout of our personal schedule for the next 5 days. Matteo did an excellent job making our agenda feel well-ordered and also leisurely. We were asked what excursions we wanted to do & our experience with yoga and surfing so that he could do his best to personalize the experience for our comfortability. He made it so that we did every single thing we wanted to do while also having time for ourselves to unwind and relax. The surfing lessons were so well done & extremely fun/attentive! Yoga was wonderful & she did a different practice every morning so it was customized to how we felt each day and/or what activities we were going to do. The food was AH-MAZING. Every single meal I was more impressed by Flor’s abilities- especially bc we eat vegan so it’s a bit of a challenge for some people to accommodate but I was blown away at the fresh cooked meals we received. On every excursion we did Matteo made sure to provide a vegan meal for us if we were going to be away from the camp that day-we always felt very taken care of by him & his team. We went boating to an Island with whale watching/snorkeling, jungle bike rides, horseback riding, etc! The place is so well equipped w/ anything you’d need & the town of Ayampe is a dreamland, I felt safe & friendly gestures wherever we went. I can’t wait to visit again!!