Hotel El Mirador
Travel Blogs from Puerto Lopez
We went to this Island on the weekend with Daniel. This Island is the "cheap Galapagos" of Ecuador as the locals called that place.
The tour cost 30$, it includes a hike in the island, a snorkelling and lunch. We took an 1h to reach the island from Puerto Lopez.
We found a really nice hotel in Puerto Lopez, located just in front of the beach. Hotel is called "Brisa Marina", you can get your own room with your private bathroom for only 8$ a night per ...
... cost of the rather large beer I had at lunch on the beach today!
Noticed a number of developments on beaches today. One was flying a CDN flag- not sure if was to attrack CDN's or it was being developed by Canadians. By the way- don't know if I mentioned it - gas is 1.44 per Gallon- or about 36 cents per litre !!!
... tourist spot sits in a wide bay with mountains on each end. The deep blue waters are calmer here, opposed to Puerto Cayo to the north and Montanita to the South. Puerto Lopez is just two hours from Manta via a bus.
One morning we walked for quite a stretch on the easy to walk on sand -- the wet sand never even producing a footprint -- and we pretty much had the entire length of it to ourselves. And with cameras and ...
... We could walk way out and still be above our knees in the water. The beach consisted of a dense brown dirt/sand mixture that coated your feet and needed to be washed off before coming inside. Even thought this might sound unpleasant, it wasn't - it was just different. The color of the sand painted the waves with an opaque brown hue unlike our waves that are either green or blue.
Town was a short walk down the beach or the dirt/sand road, and we ...
... whales jumping in the distance so we got pretty excited. When we arrived though they had almost stopped but we at least got to see a couple. We then followed a family for a while and every now and then the calf would breach which was really cool to see. At one point we also had a flying fish jump out in front of us and put on a show. On the way back to port we saw a few more whales in the distance and one even flashed his tail, which unfortunately the family we ...
Other places to stay in Puerto Lopez
General Cordova-Frente a los Bomberos, Puerto Lopez | Hotelfrom $35