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Puerto López

A long, wide beach and proximity to the wonders of the Parque Nacional Machalilla have turned this quiet fishing village into a traveler's base on Ecuador's coastline. During whale-watching season especially, tourists wander the spiffy new malecón (built from 2015 to 2017) and the dusty streets – home to a surprising number of good accommodations options, cafes and restaurants. In the wee morning hours – before tour groups escape for the day and the handful of sunbathers take up their positions on the sand – fishers gut their catch on the beach, and the air teems with frigate birds, pelicans and vultures diving for scraps.

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Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Puerto López.

Top experiences

Whether it’s a guided tour of a historic landmark, private tasting of local delicacies, or an off-road adventure — explore the best experiences in Puerto López.