After a nearly 9 hour overnight bus ride we arrived in Manta Tuesday morning. It was very early and hot so we walked to the bus terminal 4 blocks away. The next bus was only about 2 hours, and for another $6 total it took us South to the beaches of Ecuador.
When we arrived in Puerto Lopez with our backpacks and “caras de turistas”, it was a little overwhelming! People were trying to sell us on hotel rooms, tours and taxis. After looking at one hostel and another hotel, we walked about 1 mile and found a room for $30 bucks a night. It’s perfect… We are right on the ocean, there is a pool and we have AC. Next stop… surf town, Montañita!