is a pleasant small fishing village, set in an arched bay, with some 16,000 inhabitants in the south of the Machalilla National Park, a two hours journey by car from Guayaquil in the south and Manta in the north along a well built coastal road. From the Capital Quito there is a bus route which brings you directly to Puerto López. You can fly to Manta and from there you can continue your journey by bus or taxi.
We can also arrange for you to be picked up at the airport.
The Machalilla National Park, the country's only coastal national park, founded in 1979, consists of dry-equatorial and rain forests. The region is ideal for all kinds of holidays on the beach, on one of the lonely beaches which are the best in Ecuador. You will not find palm trees, but a number of quiet bays for swimming. The National Park is known for its nature (birds, orchids…), for its landscape, history and Ecuador's many natural wonders. Horseback riding is a growing and popular tourist activity and can be a breathtaking experience.
The small village of Agua Blanca with its pre-Columbian excavations and its dry tropical forest offers wide biodiversity. You can even take a swim in the sulphurous lagoon.
The untouched beaches and the dry-equatorial forests of Los Frailes invite you to go swimming and hiking.
Another day's trip is an excursion to the Isla de la Plata, also called "Little Galapagos", only 1.5 hours by boat from Puerto López (distance 36 km). There you can see blue footed, red footed and masked boobies, frigates, sea lions, fish of various colours, and coral reefs. Snorkelling in the clear water is a great experience.
Whale watching is possible from June until beginning of October. Then, the huge humpback whales come from the Arctic Sea to the more tropical waters of Ecuador for the annual courtship and calving.