Region (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (16th July, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

Puerto Lopez is a famous place to see Humpback Whales. We went out on a tour boat which leave daily at about 10am and cost $20 per person. Apart from the whales you can also see Blue-footed Boobies and I saw possible Swallow-tailed Gulls. For birds, a trip to Isla de la Plata would probably be more productive. A direct bus leaves for Puerto Lopez from Quito from the Reina del Camino terminal near Puente de las Huambras at 8pm, arriving about 6am. Puerto Lopez has many places to eat and stay (Sol Inn - $4 for domitory, $6 for a single) and also a few places to do internet. I saw 13 species including 2 lifers 

Species seen

  • Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis Photographed
  • Blue-footed Booby Sula nebouxii Photographed
  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  • Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens Photographed
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Rock Pigeon Columba livia Introduced species
  • Croaking Ground-Dove Columbina cruziana
  • Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
  • Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus Outlying islands only
  • Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
  • Scrub Blackbird Dives warszewiczi

Author: Charles Hesse