Puert López lies at the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. It is a dirt-road (or mudslide depending on the rainfall) fishing village lying in a bay on a wide stretch of beach. In the evenings and morning there is usually no electricity.
Buses leave Santa Elena many times a day, passing by Montanita. From Montanita, the bus ride takes 2 hours and costs $2.50. Some of the buses don't have storage underneath, be prepared to put your pack in the front of the bus or on your lap.
- Each morning, around 7-7:30 the day's fishing catch is brought in the beach. A mad rush ensues with best catches being bought and carted away quite quickly. You can see sharks, swordfish, Wahu (from the Tuna family), etc.
- Playa Los Frailes located 10Km north of Puerto Lopez, located inside Machalilla National Park. You can take a taximoto there for around 6$ round-trip. You need a pass to the National Park and it can be bought at the entrance gate for 15$ if you don't already have one.
- Agua Blanca is a small village and architectural site of the Manteño people. The entrance fee is 2$ and a guide can be hired for a 3 hour tour for 3$. A small museum is on the site as well as pre-incan 70% sulphur baths. Bring your bathing suit and don't worry you won't smell like rotten tomatoes, the baths do not leave a smell on your skin. Fantastic for anyone suffering from skin irritations.
- Soll Inn, Juan Montalval near Elroy Alfaro offers nicely decorated rooms in bamboo structures. Rooms have fan and mosquito nets. It has outdoor kitchen with common area. Hot showers depend on the electricity supply in the village. Doubles cost $10.
- Hostal Itapoa, on the north end of the Malecon offers nice clean cabanas with hot water. Rooms have fans and mosquito nets. A private room with a private bathroom is $7.50 USD a person. If there is no hot water, ask the owner Maria (speaks English/Spanish/Portuguese) to turn it on. Price includes a nice breakfast (eggs, croissants, fruit juice/coffee/tea) in the cabana overlooking the ocean. For anything else a menu for breakfast is available. Tours to Las Isla de la Plata can be booked through her at no extra cost.