|All of the bus hassles we had were worth it once we got to Puerto Lopez. So much so that we got stuck and didn't get any further into or around Ecuador (we ended up getting a bus back to Quito a week later).
Lovely sandy beach, lovely place to stay whose grounds were a botanical garden, an excellent Italien, whale watching and scuba diving. We even walked around Isla de la Plata and saw a lot of the same wildlife that we would have seen if we had got to the Galapagos.
The only thing that bothered us about the place was that the fishermen catch sharks to sell fins to the asian market. We saw 3 massive bull sharks, 2 black tipped reef sharks and lots of hammerhead sharks - all at the fish market. No wonder we didn't see any whilst diving.