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Puerto Lopez is a small town on the Ecuadorian coast with around 16 000 inhabitants. It is set in a bay with a long sandy beach in front of town and with green hills behind. Many people in Puerto Lopez work with fishing or tourism. The malecón can be a bit dusty and it would be nicer without the moto-taxis. Anyway it is a nice and relaxed place.

Along the malecón you will find many restaurants serving seafood, tour agencies and some souvenir stalls. On the beach there are several bars selling fruit juices, a nice place to spend a lazy afternoon in. Very early in the morning you can visit the fish market in the south end of the beach. Around Puerto Lopez there are many things to do, like visiting Isla de La Plata and the rest of Machalilla National Park. A highlight is to come here during the whale-watching season, June – September, and see the Humpback Whales jumping.

Temperatures in Puerto Lopez are often around 25-30°C. The colder, dry season is between June – November. The climate is then influenced by the cold Humboldt Current and the sky is often overcast. December – May is the rainy season, but then it often rains in the afternoon and between the rains it is sunny with blue sky, and high temperatures.

  • Last visit to Puerto López: Jul 2012
  • Intro Updated Oct 30, 2012
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  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    I love your photos of the humpback whales, I have been on whale watching tours here in Iceland, but have yet to see the humpback whales.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Nov 14, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      We were very lucky to see several humpback whales jumping just in front of us! It was an amazing sight!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2014 at 2:48 AM

    Lucky you found a really good Hotel!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Fantastic whale pictures! I would love to see them this close!

    And I do admire you for persisting with your travels despite the broken wrist, and managing so well on all those buses :-) I think you were sensible though to fly to Quito as that would have been a long and uncomfortable bus ride under the circumstances.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jan 27, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Thank you for visiting Sarah! Seeing the whales so close was an unforgettable experience!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Another fascinating page about your one-arm adventures in Ecuador. It is good to read that you obviously managed everything quite well, although much slower than usual. *winkygrin*

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Nov 19, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      Thank you Holger! It was really fascinating to see the humpback whales jump!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Whale-watching is really a highlight of Puerto Lopez! Humpback Whales jumping looks incredibly fantastic!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Nov 15, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      It was a fantastic sight and I enjoyed the tour very much!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Lovely page!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    It’s amazing how you managed everything with the use of only one hand. Great that they were so helpful at the hotel.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Wow, I love those Whale-photos !

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Oct 30, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      It was amazing to see so many Humpback Whales jump!

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