I wasn’t planning on going anywhere near the coast in Ecuador. That’s until I met a few travellers on the Quilotoa Loop that had just been there and told me it was whale season and it was an experience of a lifetime.
That’s all I needed to hear – I was clueless that I was in Ecuador during the golden period of June – September where whales travel north to the warmer waters of the South Pacific off the coast of Ecuador to breed and give birth.
Getting to Puerto Lopez was a pain in the arse to be honest. It was easy enough if I didn’t decide so late to head there. There’s a direct bus from Quito to Puerto Lopez, so this meant me heading back to Quito and then jumping on another bus that deposited me in the town at 3:30 am!
One of my rules is to not walk around in the pitch dark with all my possessions with me so I hung around the bus station until daybreak and then caught a tuk tuk to my hostel and proceeded to squat outside the front door for 2 hours until the receptionist arrived – in addition to unemployed and homeless, I can now add ‘squatter’ to the list.
Regardless of the mission to get here and settle down, the experience of whale watching and seeing some local birdlife was well worth every bit of it! I’m totally blown away by the whales I saw – such gentle giants!
Here are some photos from the trip: