For being a beach in the Machalilla National Park with several species, The Friars is an ideal destination to rest because pets are not allowed, no vendors are permitted on the beach, there is less waste and there are not many people (even on holidays or during the high season). The Friars have trails and a gazebo which is accessed by walking about 20 minutes from where you can see the Pacific at its best. From here you can see the beaches next to Los Frailes, the islets, birds and even the arrival of humpback whales. Previously it cost U.S. $ 2, but now admission is free. It is important to know that on this this beach there are no services like restaurants, the closest is in Machalilla heading north or in Puerto Lopez or Salango in the south, about 15 minutes away. In these places there are also beach restaurants with seafood specialties. I recommend fried camotillo, which is a type of fish with a lot of meat and very few bones.
Puerto Lopez is a small fishing village on the Ecuadorian coast. It is a quiet village with a lovely tropical feel, where you can relax and escape from the crowds. One of its charms is its location, opposite the Isla de la Plata, whih is the perfect place for watching humpback whales in their mating season.
Isla de la Plata, in front of Puerto Lopez, is one of the attractions of the Machalilla National Park in Ecuador. THe island can be reached by boat with is hired in one of the many tourist shops in Puerto Lopez. The journey lasts about an hour and a half. On this island you can find similar plant and animal species to the Galapagos Islands, such as "Blue Foot". That is why it is known as it´s " poor sister" because it is much smaller and not so expensive. This island is also a favourite for diving enthusiasts as the island is surrounded by coral reefs and the average annual temperature is 20 º.
Sucre, the white city, is the constitutional capital of Bolivia. It is one of the most beautiful cities in South America, and certainly the most beautiful of Bolivia. It is covered in white houses and a central park that is shaded with palms overhead. There is a cathedral around the park, and this cathedral is a gem, with its white steeple. Its inside is very pretty too, and during services, there is a religious choir as well as several concerts throughout the year. Poems are painted on the walls of the park as a lovely detail. You come to admire the place and it also has a bit of culture, as its environment permeates through the poems of Bolivian artists. On the other hand, it is the city council, with the Bolivian flag and the "unity is strength", the national motto. The center of the square displays a statue of the man that founded the city. A few blocks from the park is the French alliance that promotes Bolivian and French culture. It as a wide variety of events, in French and Spanish, such as cinema, exhibitions, and it also has a small cafe.
This small town of 20,000 inhabitants is a good place to spend a nice weekend on the beach with beautiful views, some good restaurants, and nice, quaint hotels. I found a nice place to relax and have a good weekend. In the 2010, a bridge was inaugurated, which up to then, you couldn't take the road to San Vicente in five little minutes like you can now. It's a really nice site.
On the Ecuadorian coast, from June to September, you can observe the humpback whales that are traveling from Antarctica to mate and have babies. In Puerto Lopez you can rent a boat and watch them. There are many tour companies that offered to take us a few miles offshore to observe them more closely, often in a reckless manner as the person who takes the boat literally "chases" the whale. Still, it's a show worth seeing.
This is an inn with a capacity of no more than 30 people, but it has hosted guests including the President of the Republic of Ecuador. You can surf on the beach, although the waves are not that high. There is also a UFO landing strip there, though we did not witness any landings. You can only enter or leave the inn at low tide, at 6am or approx 6pm.