Bus from Puerto López to Quito and Bus from Quito to Puerto López
Are you ready to journey from the sea to sky-scraping mountains? Then get your ticket for the incredible ride on the bus from Puerto López on Ecuador’s coast to Quito, the nation’s capital!
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This journey will take you from Puerto López, a cradle of natural history, to Quito, where every nook and corner is full of human history.
Taking a bus from Puerto López to Quito will help you ease into Quito’s higher altitude, starting at 52 meters (170 feet) in Puerto López to 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) in Quito. And believe us, once you get to Quito, you’ll want to be rested up to enjoy all the city has to offer! See AndesTransit’s “Puerto López to Quito Bus Journey Guide” below for more information!
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What are the buses in Ecuador like?
If you have traveled in other South American countries (including in Ecuador’s two neighbors, Colombia and Peru), you’ll be quite surprised at how basic buses are in Ecuador!
Ecuador’s buses are not known for deeply reclining seats, on-board bathrooms – or creature comforts like blankets and pillows on overnight trips, climate control or (¡dios mío!) wait staff to serve meals to you. But then it is worth noting that Ecuador’s buses are some of the cheapest on the continent.
All classes of buses will make rest stops for meals and bathroom usage. On less expensive buses, seats will be smaller, harder and more closely packed. The aisles will the crowded with overflow passengers.
Pay a few extra dollars, and you’ll have a more comfortable ride with seats that recline a bit more, an on-board bathroom, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi (where the signal can be picked up, like in cities).
To make your bus trip as pleasant as possible, check out AndesTransit’s exclusive article, Tips for Safe and Comfortable Bus Journeys.
How long is the bus ride from Quito to Puerto López?
The distance between Puerto López and Quito depends on the route taken. If it goes by way of Portoviejo and Chone, it is about 480 kilometers. Going via Jipijapa and Quevedo is a bit longer at 506 kilometers. At any rate, the journey lasts 9-10 hours.
Of course, the time may be longer, depending on natural phenomena such as weather conditions; or manmade occurrences like rush hour traffic getting into or out of Quito or waiting for some farmer to finish crossing his cows over the highway.
The length of the trip is just right for being able to arrive at your destination before nightfall or early in the morning, and if taking a night bus, saving money on lodging!
If you miss taking one of the few direct buses between Puerto López and Quito, you can also travel to Manta and transfer there to Puerto López.
What is the cost of traveling by bus from Puerto López to Quito? (And vice versa)
The bus from Puerto López to Quito (or from Quito to Puerto López) costs anywhere from USD $15 to 26 (US dollars are the official currency of Ecuador).
A number of factors will influence the ticket price:
When you ride
Weekday travel is generally less expensive than on weekends or during holiday times.
When you purchase
Buying your ticket in advance is always advisable to avoid long lines and sellouts at the terminal.
Yet another thing that will affect the price of the fare is which bus company you decide to journey with. A bus company offering a more bare-bones service will be cheaper, but then you get what you pay for in poorly upholstered seats and lots of stops. Shell out a few more greenbacks and you’ll have a more comfortable ride from Puerto López to Quito (or vice versa). When taking a trip as long as this one, you definitely want to be comfortable!
What are the bus schedules from Puerto López to Quito?
Buses between Puerto López and Quito leave either in the early morning (between 5 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.) or in the early evening (between 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.), depending on the day of the week. There are more departures on weekends and on holidays.
These departures are quite convenient for a nine- to ten-hour bus ride.
A morning bus allows you to see the landscapes unfolding along the highway, from coastal forests to mountain páramo. Plus, the bus will deliver you to Quito (or, if going the other way, into Puerto López) well before nightfall.
On the other hand, a night bus will allow you to save on lodging for a night, which is an important consideration if you are traveling on a budget. Additionally, you get into town in time to see the sunrise over the mountains!
If you want more flexibility in your departure time, you can also consider taking a private shuttle from Puerto Lopez to Quito, or Quito to Puerto Lopez.
No matter how you decide to travel, you can rely on AndesTransit to help you get there with fewer hassles. Just use the Reserve Now button above to reserve your bus ticket, or contact us about the shuttle option.
Where can I book bus tickets from Puerto López to Quito?
For obtaining your ticket from Puerto López to Quito (or from Quito to Puerto López), you have two options: purchasing it online or getting it in-person.
This is the most convenient way to book your passage, especially with AndesTransit. While sitting in a coffee shop enjoying a cup of fine Ecuadorean cafe lojano (coffee from the famous growing region of Loja), you can make your reservation right from your mobile device and pay for it through our secure server. Then you just have to show up at the station on time, check-in your baggage and board the bus. This way, you’ll be guaranteed a seat on one of the few direct Puerto López-Quito services.
Getting Your Ticket In-person
Of course, you can always haul your knapsack down to the terminal and find out which companies are heading to Quito (or to Puerto López). Hopefully, you will have gotten there in time to get a bus soon, and one that does the service directly between these two popular destinations.
What is the best bus from Puerto López to Quito?
Of the handful of companies that make a direct trip between Puerto López and Quito, national and international travelers rank Reina del Camino highest.
Reina del Camino (Queen of the Road) has ejecutivo-class buses on its Puerto López-Quito-Puerto López route. These buses have seats that recline more than your average Ecuadorean bus. They also boast other features not typical of buses in this Andean country, like an onboard bathroom, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. To keep themselves real, they maintain the Ecuadorean bus tradition and play videos that will help you pass away the time. Reina del Camino offers both morning and night departures.
It’s easy to book your ticket on Reina del Camino by using the AndesTransit Reserve Now button on the top of the page.
If you want door-to-door private transportation, Puerto Lopez to Quito shuttles are also available.
What to see in Puerto López
Puerto López is a small town traditionally dedicated to fishing. Therefore, be sure to try the local seafood dishes: ceviche de camarón (a shrimp ceviche), cazuela de mariscos (a mixed seafood stew), and corviche (a fish-stuffed dumpling made of green plantain dough and peanut butter).
One of the village’s most important festivals is the Fiestas de San Pedro y San Pablo (June 25th to 29th), honoring the patron saints of fishermen.
In recent years, though, travelers have discovered the immense natural beauty of nearby Machalilla National Park and the small villages hidden within the park’s boundaries. You can spend many days here exploring trails, beaches, observing wildlife, and other delights.
The city has a tropical climate, with temperatures averaging 24º C (75º F), but it can reach as high as 30º C (86º F). Sea breezes refresh you on the hottest days. The wettest months are from December to April.
#1 - Go Whale Watching
Puerto López is famous for being one of the best places to observe Humpbacked Whales (Ballenas Jorobadas). These gentle marine giants migrate through the area between June and September. Many national and international tourists arrive just to see these creatures leaping out of the sea, so it is easy to get on a boat tour during those months. Be sure not to miss the Festival de las Ballenas Jorobadas held every year from June 23rd to 25th.
#2 - Parque Nacional Machalilla
Puerto López village is entirely surrounded by this national park which protects 41,754 hectares (103,176 acres) on land and 14,430 hectares (35,657 acres) at sea. It has wonderfully quiet beaches like Playita Negra, La Tortuguita and Playa de Los Frailes. It also encompasses small islands, including Salango, Horno de Pan, Sucre, Pedernales, El Sombrerito, and the celebrated Isla de la Plata. Within the park’s boundaries are the settlements of Salango and Agua Blanca.
#3 - Isla de la Plata
Isla de la Plata is often called “The Poor Man’s Galapagos.” On this island within Machalilla National Park, you can see many of the same bird species of the more famous (and expensive) Ecuadorian islands, including waved albatross and blue-footed boobies. Scuba diving at Palo Santo and El Faro reefs reveal a colorful underwater world to you.
#4 - Salango
Located 8 kilometers (5 miles) south of Puerto López, Salango has a first-class archaeological museum, the Museo Arqueológico del Centro Turístico Comunitario. Its collection exhibits pieces from the Valdivia, Machalilla, Chorrera-Engoroy, Bahía, Guangala and Manteña pre-Columbian cultures. From this village, it is possible to arrange a boat tour out to the uninhabited Isla Salango which has terrific snorkeling and some haunted stories.
#5 - Agua Blanca
Agua Blanca, 12 kilometers north of Puerto López, is another indigenous settlement within Machalilla Park. The village runs a community tourism project that highlights its many treasures. These include an archaeological museum featuring pieces from the ancient Manteño-Huancavilca culture, guided hikes through the jungle, and to finish the day of activities, a soak in the medicinal hot mud springs. The community also has a restaurant, lodging, and spa. A modest entry fee into the community is charged.
What to see in Quito
Quito, Ecuador’s lofty capital, was UNESCO’s first World Heritage Site. It is famous for its well-preserved colonial architecture and traditional neighborhoods right in the heart of the city. You can spend many days just wandering and exploring, breathing in daily life, and enjoying traditional serrano foods that are so different from those of Puerto López and the coast! Be sure to try the many varieties of locro soups and scrumptious seco de chivo (stewed goat although many debate it is mutton).
The big festivities are the anniversary of the city’s Declaration of Independence (the 10th of August) and Quito’s two-week-long birthday party (culminating on the 6th of December), complete with concerts, dances and a go-cart race!
The city has a pleasant spring-like climate, with daytime highs averaging 21-22ºC (70-72º F) and dipping to about 9º C (48º F) at night. The wettest two months are October and April.
Quito has so many museums, churches, markets and other attractions to see. You can easily spend weeks trying to take them all in. Four of them we introduce you to now are all within a few blocks of each other, giving you a good morning or afternoon of sightseeing at a leisurely pace that covers the pre-Columbian, colonial and modern eras. Sprinkle in some gastronomic delights, and then head out of the city to "Middle Earth"!
#1 - Casa del Alabado
Museo de Arte Precolombino Casa del Alabado presents to you Ecuador’s premier pre-Columbian art collection. Within this restored colonial house, the artifacts are arranged by themes of the indigenous belief systems of the Underworld, Earth and Otherworld, and their related players like shamans. The space also has a gift shop and café. An admission fee is charged for the museum.
Address: Calle Cuenca N1-41, between Calles Bolívar and Rocafuerte (half-block south of Plaza San Francisco).
#2 - Traditional Sweets
On a corner across the street from the Arco de la Reina and Iglesia de Carmen Alta are three shops making and selling traditional Quiteño sweets like roasted fava beans, fudges, candied almonds, peanuts, and citrus peel, and other yummies. Be sure to pick up some extra for your next bus trip!
Address: Calle Rocafuerte and Calle García Moreno
#3 - Iglesia Santo Domingo
Dating from 1540, Iglesia Santo Domingo is one of Quito’s oldest churches. The entire interior and the 10-aisle chapels are gold-leafed. The mudéjar ceiling is like a giant jigsaw puzzle with no nails, pegs or glue holding together the intricate design. In the Capilla de la Virgen del Rosario is a mural of the Virgen de la Escalera, a unique 17th-century presentation of the Virgin by Padre Pedro Bedón. This famous colonial-era artist is honored with the Museo Fray Pedro Bedón which displays religious art.
Address: Calle Guayaquil, between Calle Rocafuerte and Calle Bolívar.
#4 - Museo del Pasillo
Everywhere you go in Ecuador, you’ll hear pasillos, a musical genre that has been deeply rooted in the nation’s consciousness since the 18th century. Even the younger generation will sing and dance along to these traditional tunes! At the Museo del Pasillo, you’ll learn all about the genre, from the instruments to composers and performers. The best thing about this museum is that it is FREE! Museo del Pasillo also has a music school and a café.
Address: Calle García Moreno and Calle Bolívar.
#5 - Middle Earth
We’re not talking about Tolkien’s Middle Earth here, but rather Mitad del Mundo, the place where the Equator cuts across Ecuador just north of Quito. The official monument, called Mitad del Mundo, is where the French-Spanish-Ecuadorian Geodesic Mission measured the exact middle of the Earth in the mid-18th century. The site includes a monument on the exact line of the equator, and be sure to take the typical tourist photo with one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and the other in the Southern!. You'll also find located here a small museum, shops, and restaurants.
Just about 150 meters north of Mitad del Mundo is Inti Ñan, which is said to be precisely the location of the equator. To prove this assertion, various tests are performed for visitors to show the Coriolis Effect, for example draining water into different directions in each hemisphere just millimeters apart from each other. This site also has displays on Ecuador’s different indigenous nations.
Both sites charge an entry fee.
Address: 27 kilometers north of Quito.
By experiencing Puerto López and Quito, you’ll have a taste of Ecuador’s two of its three main cultures: that of a laid-back Pacific coast fishing village surrounded by immeasurable natural beauty, and the country’s bustling highland capital full of colonial relics. Both have cuisine reflecting their natural environment, and deep history in the past and present of the country’s indigenous nations. Plus, you can relish in the delights of both sea and mountains, just nine hours apart!
It’s easy to travel by bus from one extreme to the other, by using the Reserve Now button above.