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Puerto Lopez

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Things to do: adventure, shopping, sightseeing
Sitting on the edge of a bay on the Pacific coast of Manabi Province, the small fishing village of Puerto Lopez acts as headquarters for the surrounding national park. The village offers plenty of ecotourism adventures, with humpback whale watching, island exploration, and locally led coastal hiking tours covering much of the national park's area and many of its rarer (and more famous) species. Urban attractions in Puerto Lopez exude small-town, real-world charm, with cozy shacks, covered stalls, and fishing huts containing seafood restaurants, markets, bars, and a few nightclubs. Puerto Lopez tourism has grown rapidly in recent years, with a larger array of stores and accommodations indicating that the bay is not quite as off-the-beaten-track as it once was. Add Puerto Lopez and other Ecuador destinations to your travel plans using our Ecuador itinerary builder.
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Because of its proximity to some of the region's most interesting natural sights, Puerto Lopez has become an established ecotourism destination, with ample accommodations for the outdoorsy clientele who visit these climes throughout the year. In addition to the traditionally humble options like budget-friendly and characterful hostels, you can now choose from larger boutique hotels and rental apartments. With the area popular and building restrictions (rather fortunately) limiting the amount of development in town, rooms can be in short supply, particularly during peak season (June to September). Book ahead, or consider looking elsewhere along the popular Ruta del Sol coastal road.
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