Puerto López Travel Guide

  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
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  • The Malecon, Puerto Lopez
    The Malecon, Puerto Lopez
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  • The beach in Puerto Lopez
    The beach in Puerto Lopez
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Puerto López Things to Do

  • Humpback Whales and whale-watching

    June – September is the whale-watching season on the Ecuadorian coast. Puerto Lopez is a good place to do it from and the chance to see many whales is largest in July – August. In Puerto Lopez there are many tour agencies where you can book a whale-watching tour or a tour to Isla de La Plata with whale-watching along the way. I would recommend the...

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  • Parque Nacional Machalilla

    Machalilla National Park is situated in Provincia de Manabí, just north of Puerto Lopez. It is Ecuador’s only coastal national park (mainland) and it was created in 1979 to protect the unique tropical dry forest. A long time ago most of the coast used to be covered with dry tropical forest, but now very little remain, and almost all can be found...

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  • Tour to Isla de La Plata

    I booked the tour to Isla de La Plata through the hotel where I stayed, Hotel Pacifico. The full day tour was $40 (July 2012). I was picked up by someone at the hotel just after nine in the morning and we walked on to a travel agency further down the Malecón. There we waited for everyone to arrive, 16 tourists and two guides altogether, before we...

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  • Far away from the North Pole

    On the northern part of the beach in front of the Hostería Mandala you can check the distance to your country.

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  • Isla de la Plata

    This island can be reached by hirong a boat in Puerto Lopez. It means Silver Island and is sometimes referred to as the Galapagos of the poors.The island is reputed for bird watching but it depends on the season so make sure it really worth it before going.Once again because of this stupid accident I could not go there. You can have a look at...

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  • Parque Nacional Machalilla

    The main attraction of Puerto Lopez (and the reason why we went there) is the proximity with Parque Nacional Machalilla.Numerous agencies offer tours to the park.Unfortunately, because of a stupid accident I won't tell here, I could not go there.Your hotel or any agency should be able to provide you with the necessary information.

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  • The fishermen

    You can see the fishermen coming back to the beach and unload their catch most mornings.Many of the fishing boats are blue wooden small boats, which, together with the seabirds trying to grab the scraps, offer a nice view on the morning.

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  • The shorefront

    THe shorefront offers a good view on the beach. There are a lot of reasonably priced seafood restaurants and cafes.

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  • Other beaches

    There are several desert beaches close to Puerto Lopez at walkable distance. Just use your feelings and discover yours!

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Puerto López Restaurants

  • Fruit juices on the beach

    Fruit juices on the beachOn the beach in Puerto Lopez there are many bars where you can enjoy fresh fruit juices and batidos (fruit juice made with milk). Coming back to Puerto Lopez from a daytrip to the national park or a whale-watching tour it is great to relax in one of the bars with a juice and sea view. At some bars it is quiet, at others...

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  • Restaurant at Hotel Pacífico

    As I was staying at Hotel Pacífico that is also where I ate breakfast every morning, even if it was quite expensive. An American Breakfast was $4.27 (July 2012) and it included coffee, two breads ( and butter and jam), two eggs, a banana and a fruit juice. It was a good breakfast to start the day with and a good thing was that the restaurant opened...

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  • Restaurante Canoa

    Restaurante Canoa is one of the restaurants on the Malecón, serving seafood. I ate here the first day in Puerto Lopez and ordered Pescado a La Plancha. The fish was good and it was served with rice, plantains and onion. It was $4 (July 2012). To drink I ordered a Jugo de maracuya (passion fruit). There are no juices on the menu, but it will be...

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  • Carmita’s

    In one of my guidebooks it said that Carmita’s probably was the best of the seafood restaurants along the malecón. Well, I liked Restaurante Canoa where I had eaten the previous night better. When I arrived there were no customers so I asked if I could eat or if it was too early. It was open and I sat down at a table outside, facing the sea (seen...

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  • Cook yourself

    If you stay at Villa Colombia, a charming hotel a few blocks away from the beach, you can cook yourself thanks to the kitchen facilities offered.A market is located at 5 minutes from the hotel where you can find any local ingredients you want.A cheap and friendly alternative if you want to have a lunch or diner with other travelers from the hotel...

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  • Seafood restaurants on the shorefront

    The restaurants on the shorefront serve excellent and not not pricey seafood. Don't miss the ceviches (marinated fish or seafood).

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  • Breakfast by the beach

    Popular restaurant, just take a walk down the front and you'll notice it by it's atmosphere. Breakfast was the best, eggs and juice and bread and tea. Dinner was fish and chips (for me) but they have all kinds of seafood dishes like squid and prawns.

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  • The nice place - Un endroit cool

    We did not test it, but it seemed to be anice place !On l'a pas essaye, mais c'avait l'air sympa !

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  • North American Mood - Les USA sont la

    Super place for north americans or gringos missing their country (what was not our case, unfortunately).Possibility to change books too.Bel endroit pour americains ou gringos regrettant leur pays (ce qui n'etait toutefois pas notre cas).Possibilite d'echanger des bouquins. Great pizzas and banana or apple pies...A bit expensive but very goodSuper...

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Puerto López Nightlife

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    by jaffs Updated Sep 11, 2003

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    They do so many delicious cocktails! Peaches and cream, I asked for one with coconut and could watch them blend a fresh coconut for me, yum. We asked to change the music and were allowed behind the bar to choose!

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Puerto López Transportation

  • From Puerto Lopez to Quito

    Before coming to the cost I had planned to take the bus from Puerto Lopez to Quito. The bus company Reina del Camino has got a morning bus which takes 10 – 11 hours and in July 2012 a ticket was $11. The bus makes a stop for half an hour near El Carmen, for people to eat and go to the restroom. In Puerto Lopez the bus leaves from the market and in...

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  • To Los Frailes and Agua Blanca

    To Los Frailes:The turnoff for Los Frailes is situated about 10 km north of Puerto Lopez. To go there I took a bus from the market in Puerto Lopez. It only took 10 minutes and it was $0.40 (July 2012). I registered at the park entrance and the park ranger told me it was safe to walk the road to Los Frailes and that it was about 2 km. After walking...

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  • From Bahía de Caraquez to Puerto Lopez

    After a few days of resting in Bahía it was time for me to travel on. I was a bit worried how it was going to go as I had to change buses and I had recently had an operation and could not use my left arm and hand. Louise from Hostal Coco Bongo helped me with the luggage to a taxi which was standing a block away. The taxi ride to the bus terminal...

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Puerto López Off The Beaten Path

  • Playa Los Frailes

    Playa Los Frailes is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Ecuador. It is a long crescent-shaped beach with crabs running over the white sand. The water is turquoise and behind the beach are hills with dry forest vegetation. There are strong currents so be careful if you go swimming. Unfortunately I couldn’t swim as I had had an...

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  • Agua Blanca

    Agua Blanca is a small village situated within the Macalilla National Park. There are around 300 inhabitants in the village and there is a small museum, a church and a couple of restaurants. When you visit you pay an admission of $5 (July 2012) at the turnoff on the main road. From there it is another 5 km to walk. The admission includes a visit to...

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  • Isla de La Plata

    Isla de La Plata is a small island situated 37 km northwest of Puerto Lopes. The island is part of Machalilla National Park, which was formed in 1979. The island is often referred to as Poor man’s Galapagos, because many of the big nesting seabirds that are present on Galapagos Islands can be seen on Isla de La Plata too. Well, it can’t be compared...

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Puerto López Sports & Outdoors

  • by CaptainAmerica Written May 2, 2004

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    Locals sometimes organise beach volley or footballs parties on the beach. Try to join them, or just relax and watch them!

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