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Puerto Lopez_ Ecuador_ by Annia Larkins

Machalilla National Park, Whale Watching, Isla de la Plata

all seasons in one day 24 °C

Puerto Lopez is a charming fishing village in the middle of la Ruta del Sol.
Its in between Manta and Montanita.
It has a real local character. Most if its local people are closely related to their indigenous ancestor's roots.
The town is situated in a bay of calm waters where the display of artesanal fishing is part of its beauty.

Puerto Lopez is part of Manabi provence and from here you can do all the tours to the National Park Machalilla.

The best time to go is between July and September to see the magnificent display of Hump Back Whales in this area.

The visit to la Isla de la Plata also known as the poor man's Galapagos is really worth it.
There is the daily tours to La isla de la Plata for the general price of 40 usd.
This includes lunch, the boat trip, whale watching, the island walk of 2H with a native guide and snorkling in the coral bay before heading back.
On the walk around the island you can see great Bird Watching like Blue footed boobies, Red footed boobies, Albatros, Masked Boobies and Fragatas.

With the same park entrance to the island it is also included the entrance of the white sandy beach of Machalilla.
Although the best months to go to the beach are in between December to Abril, the hottest climate.
The nigh life in Puerto Lopez is relaxed and fun with pintoresque bars on the beach and bom fires.
I also recommend to go to Agua Blanca that is a 5 min ride from Pto Lopez, to visit the community and thermal waters.
Have in note that this place is independant from the gouverment, so it has its own fee.
The most upscale hotel in Puerto Lopez is Mandala, even if you decide to stay else where I recommend a visit to see the beautiful art sculptures of Whales in wood and the nice restaurant.
Here our my photos of this trip..enjoy...

Posted by Anniandrea 15:33 Archived in Ecuador Tagged ecotourism

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Hello Annia, great photos, I wanted to ask you advice about visiting Manabi as we are coming there in April. If I can ask a few questions, will appriciate! Thanks! Andy

by andy27

Hello Andy! Thanks I am glad you like the photos!
Yes if you go to Manabi in April..its not the time you can see the whales but its ussually sunnier and dryer and there are good waves..great to still go snorkling in La isla de la Plata and for surfing too. I would stay in Manta first and then do trip south to the ruta del sol and or north to Bahia and Muisne Esmeralda. There is a place near Canoa called Rio Chico that I have not mentioned that is off the beaten track, its a tree house on a river... just an idea.. Yes ask me questions to my email anniawaterbabe@gmail.com. Cheers!

by Anniandrea

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