Puerto López: Study on the Beach
Puerto López is a small city located in the province of Manabí in the National Park Machalilla. There you will find the Hostal Monte Líbano which will be your home and classroom for a weeklong stay at the Ecuadorian coast. During the week, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Pacific beach, the culture and the friendly people of the zone. Your days will be filled with activities; Spanish classes in the morning and excursions accompanied by a local guide during the afternoon.
About the Hostal
While there are many options for accomadations in Puerto López, we believe that we have found the best spot in the whole city for our students. The hostal Monte Líbano is a beautiful getaway which is ideally located on the beach. Here, you will wake up to a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean and learn Spanish to the sound of crashing waves. However, what truly sets Monte Líbano apart is its people. The hostal is a small, family business that is owned and operated by Pedro and María, an Ecuadorian couple. They adopt their guests as their own, creating a family atmosphere in which people feel right at home, regardless of Spanish level. María also happens to be a phenominal cook who specializes in fresh seafood and the local cuisine (but all dietary preferences can be taken into account). You are sure to enjoy returning from your excursions to share meals and time with the family.
The Program Includes:
- 18 hours of Spanish classes with one of our teachers
- 4 excursions led by experienced, local, tour guides
- 4 nights, 5 days of food and board at the hostal Monte Líbano with WiFi
Itinerary for the Week
We have designed our Monte Líbano program to be jam packed with activities! Check out the typical schedule below. (Days of activities can change depending on various factors)
Departure from Quito on the night bus. Watch movies and sleep on the large, coach bus as you travel the eight hours to the Coastal City of Puerto López.
Arrive at the Hostal Monte Líbano in the morning in time for breakfast. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the city, relaxing, and taking Spanish classes with a flexible schedule.
No classes are scheduled for the day! Instead, you will leave after breakfast for the Isla de la Plata, which is considered a “mini-Galapagos”. You will spend all day touring the island with your native guide and return for the evening meal.
Visit to Agua Blanca, an indigenous community. Here you will have the options of hiking through the Dry Forest, relaxing in a natural sulfur pool, and visiting a cultural museum to learn about life in the area.
A beach day! You will go to the Playa los Frailes, a famous Ecuadorian beach. Here you will hike to reach an overlook of the area. Afterwards, you will relax on the beach or swim in the Pacific Ocean.
Get to know Salango, a small town full of indigenous culture. Explore the town and learn about it´s history and culture in the local museum. Leave for Quito Friday night, to arrive Saturday morning.
*Unless otherwise noted in the schedule above, you will take Spanish Classes with your professor in the morning, then leave for the listed excursion after lunch.