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Whale watching in Puerto Lopez

Every year, around the months of June to September, humpback whales make their way from Antarctica to the waters of Ecuador, delighting tourists of all ages looking to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures.


No other experience can compare to seeing a humpback whale up close, with their massive size that can reach up to 50 feet in length. These giants sometimes wander very close to the shore – you can spot many of them breaking the ocean’s surface to take a deep breath, and if you’re lucky, you might get to see of them leap out of the water and create a big splash.

Tour Agencies

If you’d like to go on a whale watching trip, one of the best spots in Ecuador is Puerto Lopez, a small fishing village in the province of Manabi. The best way to see the whales is by going on a boat trip, as the local captains and tour operators know exactly where to go in order for their passengers to get a good view of the whales.

Many licensed tour agencies can be found along the shores of Puerto Lopez. Trips usually last around 30 to 45 minutes, and can cost as little as $20-$25 per head. Since Puerto Lopez is located close to Isla de la Plata, tourists can also avail of island hopping tours in addition to whale watching.


• If you’re planning to take pictures of the whales, it’s a good idea to bring a waterproof case or bag for your camera.

• Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a hat, or sunglasses, as it can get very hot along the coast of Puerto Lopez.

• Though many tour agencies provide drinks and snacks for tourists, you might want to bring your own water bottle just in case you get too thirsty.

Whale Watching in Puerto López | Living in Ecuador

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