A spur of the moment change in travels brought us to the small fishing village of Puerto Lopez to watch the seasonal migration of humpbacks that come up in the thousands to breed in the warmer waters of the Ecuadorian Pacific. These creatures make their move from deep south and come in the thousands. It’s not a question of whether or not you’ll see humpbacks between July and September but how many. In an educated guesstimation we probably saw 20 whales over the course of the day.
We got in on a Friday on an incredibly busy weekend as the president of Ecuador was visiting. We thought that we could simply roll into a hostel or tour company and book for a Saturday tour. They were all full so we got a tour to Isla del Plata for Sunday. We spent our Saturday walking around the beach and watching the president give a long speech about God knows what. He apparently went on from 10am until about 2pm.
Whale-watching- $30- if you want to only go whale-watching you can do this tour, though we’re not sure how long it is. We think it would be worth the extra $10 to see the boobies!