Blogs from Puerto López, West, Ecuador, South America - page 10


South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López February 15th 2006

Executive Summary: After embracing my inner Peter Pan in Canoa, I finally traveled on down the coast to Puerto Lopez and Montañita for quick visits before heading on to the harrowing border into Tumbes, Peru. Couple observations on local marketing and the coffee quandary. Puerto Lopez Puerto Lopez has just lately become a bonafide destination, thanks to the clever local PR engine that has dubbed nearby Isla Plata 'the poor man's Galapagos'. How close that comes to the truth I'm not sure, being too poor to compare, but the real draw seems to be the humpback whales that put on a show from July to September. It's always a bit strange and melancholy to travel off-season through a destination known almost exclusively for an activity you'll have to miss. But in reality the nearby National Machalilla ... read more
nesting blue-footed boobies
nesting frigate birds
Coast at Machalilla national park

South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López August 17th 2005

hey there, it´s Rich We departed the marvelous town of tena, after our marvellous kayak experiance, and trolled merrily off to the town of Puerto Lopez. This is described as a ´beautiful fish hoók bay´ where you can watch fshing boats and generally chill. This it sort of was, but the guide book made no mention of the open drains running down the dirt roads, or the twenty strong packs of ferel dogs roaming the streets and barking all nght. After being kept awake by the sam dog for two hours by its incessant racket, I tried to silence it by means of large rocks expertly propelled at (or in fact near) its head. Forced to beat a hasty retreat by the sudden arival of all its biggest most rabid looking mates though, so it was ... read more
Magnificant Frigates

South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López July 27th 2005

After our trip to Banos we decided to head for the Ecuadorian coastal town of Puerto Lopez where off the coastline it is currently mating season for the humpacked whale. So with a spring in our step we set off on our first overnight coach journey in Ecuador. Now, although Ecuador is in most respects more upscale than Peru, this doesnt apply to the buses and arriving at the terminal we boarded our bus “Carlos Aray” to find the seats to be hard as iron and stuck in a rather uncomfortable recline positon. This was going to be a long 8 hours. The first couple of hours passed without incident as we wound our way up the Panamericana toward Quito. The trouble started as we turned of toward the coast and decended through the cloud forest ... read more
Beach geese at  P. Lopez
Isla de la Plata
Nice boobies

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