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Although the town itself does not have many activities beyond relaxing on the beach or visiting the morning fish market, Puerto López is the ideal spot to spend a few nights while visiting the surrounding area. It is the most convenient town from which to visit Parque Nacional Machalilla, where you can sunbathe on one of Ecuador's most beautiful beaches, visit an archaeological community or go wildlife-watching. Thousands of tourists also come here every year just to take whale-watching tours off Puerto López's shores.










By Jena Davison

I am a curious, passionate and free-spirited travel writer, currently working as a Staff Writer and Editor for V!VA. Shortly after...

04 Sep 2012

 
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