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Puerto Lopez


in Puerto Lopez

10 000inhabitants

This small picturesque fishing village is located on a turquoise horseshoe-shaped bay, with a beautiful beach between the hills on the North and South sides. The beach is at its best at the ends of the village, away from the many fishing boats moored off the coastline. From the main road south of the town you have a beautiful view over the bay.
In the afternoon around half past four the fishermen return to the bay with their boats full of fish. Immediately a lively trade starts on the beach, which is certainly worth a visit.
Puerto Lopez is the ideal starting point for visits to the beaches of Los Frailes, Agua Blanca, Isla de la Plata and other parts of Machalilla National Park. The park’s administrative office, where entrance tickets are sold, is also located here.
Many visitors come between the end of June and the beginning of September to view the humpback whales. From small eight-meter-long boats, you can see the fifteen-meter-long whales leaping out of the water up close and see them performing fantastic tricks. Often you also end up in schools of hundreds of dolphins that swim along with the boat.
The small islands of Isla de la Plata and Isla Salango are also part of the Machalilla National Park. Isla de la Plata is located about 25 km from the coast and is rightly called little Galapagos. The island can only be visited with a guide and paths have been laid out that are not allowed to deviate from. A visit to Isla de la Plata is certainly worthwhile.

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Tom, guide in EcuadorI’m Tom from Belgium and I’ll make sure your trip to Ecuador or cruise in Galapagos goes as smoothly and pleasantly as possible. I have been living in Ecuador for a decade and have been working in tourism for 8 years now. Before that, I obtained my guides diploma in Ecuador. Traveling and discovering new places is my passion.
Together with the local travel agency Descubre-Ecuador, we offer tailor-made tours in Galapagos and on the Ecuadorian mainland. Over the years, Descubre-Ecuador has built a reliable partnership with the best hotels and the best nature guides in Ecuador. Our small-scale way of working ensures easy accessibility and a lot of flexibility when traveling.
Customer satisfaction is the essence for us. And even in those rare moments of unforeseen difficult circumstances, we make sure that we are there to make sure your trip runs smoothly.
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Indian woman from SalasacasIn South America, Ecuador is one of the smaller countries, but the country is hugely diverse in terms of geography, climate and population. You can visit the Andes, the Amazon rainforest as well as the tropical coast without taking extremely long domestic flights or transfers. And then you have the Galapagos Islands, a once in a lifetime experience. The diversity of flora and fauna per square mile is enormous. Ecuador is South America in a nutshell. Moreover, the country is relatively safe and little visited. The national currency is the USD and you have a wide choice of direct flights to Quito and Guayaquil from Europe and the United States.


Tom - guide in EcuadorIk ben Tom uit België en zorg ervoor dat jullie reis naar Ecuador of cruise in Galapagos zo vlot en aangenaam mogelijk kan verlopen. Ik woon al een tiental jaren in Ecuador en werk nu 8 jaren in toerisme. Daarvoor heb ik in Ecuador mijn gidsen-diploma behaald. Reizen en nieuwe plaatsen ontdekken is mijn passie. Samen met het lokale reiskantoor Descubre-Ecuador, bieden we reizen op maat in Galapagos en op het Ecuadoriaanse vasteland aan. Descubre-Ecuador heeft door de jaren heen een betrouwbare samenwerking opgebouwd met de beste hotels en de beste natuurgidsen van Ecuador. Onze kleinschalige manier van werken zorgt voor een vlotte bereikbaarheid en veel flexibiliteit bij het reizen. De tevredenheid van de klant is voor ons de essentie. En ook op die zeldzame momenten van onvoorziene moeilijke omstandigheden zorgen we dat we er zijn om jullie reis toch perfect te laten verlopen. Ontdek Ecuador en Galapagos!